Last July, I wrote an article describing mamelons, which are the tiny bumps that appear on the edges of newly erupted permanent front teeth. If you missed that article, you can read it here: Mamelons, the Bumps On Your Child’s Permanent Teeth.
As we get older, our mamelons will naturally wear off if our teeth fit together properly. If you have an open bite or your front teeth don’t touch each other when you bite down, your mamelons probably won’t wear down and you might consider having a dentist smooth them down if you don’t like the way they look.
This post is simply a series of four photos of permanent teeth in various stages of having their mamelons worn off. Don’t worry, we’ll take a close-up look at our soccer star pictured above in one of the photos below!
How Mamelons Look As They Get Worn Down
First, let’s take a look at three permanent teeth that are just starting to come in. You can see how pronounced the serrated ridges (mamelons) on the upper left tooth and the lower middle teeth:
To the right you’ll find a close-up on the teeth of our little soccer champ pictured above. At his age, you can still see some slight serrations and bumps on his four front teeth. However, the mamelons are almost worn away. They are not nearly as pronounced as the mamelons on the picture above of the permanent teeth that are just poking through.
Here’s two pictures of adults that have worn down their mamelons:
In the picture above, you can see that her upper front teeth are mostly flat. Many front teeth still have small curves and grooves to them, but they are for the most part, pretty even.
The picture below is a picture of a young woman who has worn down her mamelons and her front teeth have the normal “flat” appearance on the incisal edge.
Hopefully this article helped you understand a little more about the gradual process that mamelons go through as they get worn away.
If you don’t like your mamelons and you’re still pretty young, don’t worry – you’ll probably end up wearing them away soon enough!
Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns about mamelons? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!