A lot of spacing on my top row of teeth, I was considering veneers as a treatment? (Photos)
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#Veneers vs ortho #DrSoftTouch
The first option would include orthodontics to align your teeth and reopen the missing tooth spaces. Following this, dental implants or bridges would be recommended to replace the missing teeth. The second option would be skipping orthodontics all together and would include two 3-unit bridges and 2-4 porcelain veneers across the top (8-10 units total). Your issues would be corrected and the look your are trying to achieve would likely occur in a single appointment with a cosmetic dentist.I would recommend doing a little research on line and finding a dentist with great before and after photos.I always tell people to judge the dentist on the quality of the before and after photos of their actual patients that they supply. This will give you a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the dentist that you select. Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
St. Louis, MO area (O'Fallon, IL)
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How many veneers to correct spacing, on a budget
The best treatment for you really depends on your budget and what you can afford or are willing to spend. Without orthodontics, your lower teeth protrude and will interfere with any veneers or bridgework placed on your upper teeth. Your lower teeth will need to be recon toured for any treatment to be successful without orthodontics, that means some reduction of enamel from your lower front teeth. Your least expensive alternative would be to have cosmetic bonding(full direct resin veneers, i.e. EasySmile) on your front four teeth. Proportionately, they may not be ideal, but it would eliminate your spaces. If you could afford it, 6 direct resin veneers would give you a better final result, allowing better proportioning the size of your teeth. We provide a cosmetic simulation in your mouth with Custom fabricated Smile Preview Veneers. This is done in about 5-10 minutes and would give you a good idea of how the final restorations will look, before you commit to treatment. Depending on your budget, orthodontics, implants, and/or porcelain veneers would give you a better long term result, but would be more expensive. Porcelain veneers without orthodontics would require significant reduction of enamel, possibly causing sensitivity issues. Direct resin bonded veneers eliminates this problem.
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