Q I’ve got small, pointy teeth on each side of my front teeth. What can I do to sort them out?

A When the teeth are blatantly pointy and shaped like a cone, it’s usually a hereditary condition.

Those small teeth are known in dentistry terms as ‘peg teeth’ – which is caused when adult teeth don’t develop properly. Sometimes, peg teeth can also be baby teeth that weren’t replaced by permanent teeth.

From an oral health perspective, you shouldn’t be worried about having peg teeth.

It doesn’t really affect the way you bite and neither does it affect the position of your other teeth.

But if your teeth start to hurt, become sensitive or your gums feel sore then it’s time to visit your dentist.

hey will be able to take an X-ray and see if there’s anything else that may be causing the discomfort.

The majority of times, peg teeth are a cosmetic problem and treatments are available to rectify them.

If you’re unhappy with your smile then speak with your dentist.

There are three types of treatments that can help ­— composite resins, veneers or dental crowns.

Composite resins, are used to repair chipped teeth.

It starts out as liquid that your dentist applies to your tooth which toughens when a special light is shone.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite material that fit over your teeth and are bonded in place using dental cement. Crowns, also known as caps, are made from a range of materials like porcelain, ceramic, glass and gold.

These are the most long-term but most expensive solution.

* For more information about dental issues, contact Synergy Dental Clinics Bolton or Bury, email bury@synergydental.org.uk or go to synergydental.org.uk/dentist-in-bury