How do I fix my smile? (photos)
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From the photo it appears you have a narrow upper arch. With porcelain veneers you can widen the upper 10 teeeth and the arch so that there would be better support for your lips and cheecks.
Creating a pleasing esthetic combination of soft and hard tissues.
You smile issue is related to your underdeveloped maxilla. There is insufficient support of your facial muscles and tissues which is the cause of deep nasal labial grooves. It is possible to build your smile out with a minimum of 10-12 veneers to support the soft tissues but the best approach will be to correct the underlying orthopedic problems.
The DNA Appliance and Epigenetic Orthodontics can orthopedically grow your maxilla as an adult and give you the proper facial structure to support the soft tissues. Both approaches correct the dark buccal corridors as well but only the DNA Appliance will improve underlying physiology.
Do you have issues with jaw pain, TMJoint clicking, headaches or migraines?
The video reference is a patient who is early in the process of growing her maxilla.
Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO
Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Regent & Fellow, International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics
Board Eligible, American Academy of CranioFacial Pain
Dental Section Editor, Sleep & Health Journal
Member, American Equilibration Society
Member, Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences
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