Which Do I Need, an Orthodontist or a Cosmetic Dentist For Issues With Front Teeth? (photo)

My front teeth look prominent because: - they are almost aligned in a row, instead of being in an arch - they are slightly pushed forward / protruding - my lateral incisors are wide due to veneers/ buildup I just want them to look more "compact". The measurements might be fine, but I just don't like the way it looks. FIRST 3 PHOTOS: Me LAST PHOTO: The smile I want ("arched: teeth alignment)

Doctor Answers 7

You may need both orthodontis/cosmetic dentist to address your needs

You have very nice natural teeth and so you should minimize how much grinding or work you have done.

Your lateral incisors do look too large in comparison to the centrals. The question is: are the size of the centrals correct for your face? are you happy with the size and shape of the centrals. If the answer is yes, then what I would recomend is to get smaller veneers on the laterals and close the spaces with braces or invisalign (and whiten the teeth if you want.) The best way is to take impressions and do a diagnostic wax-up to see the result you want before anything is done. Then based on this, make the existing lateral veneers smaller by reducing them (or make smaller temporary veneers and bond them). Then do invisalign to close the gaps and whiten the teeth with gel at night using the invisaling trays. Once the spaces are closed and the color lighter, then you finish the new veneers on the laterals.

I the answer to the question is NO, You are not happy with the size and shape of the centrals then you may be looking at either 4 or 10 veneers. But you still need to do a diagnostic wax-up to make sure you can achieve the look you want. You may still need braces or invisalign to achieve what you want.

I have not seen the rest of your face and teeth or bite so I cannot only go by what I see in the photos.

Hope this helps

Dr. T

Miami Beach Dentist

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Sugar Land Dentist
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While these are good answers form the other docs, it seems to me that we can't see any of your lower teeth...why?  Its most likely that you have a "lost of posterior vertical space" of which a ortho may be able to address but, if it where me I'd fine a Neuromuscular Dentist with cosmetic post. grad traning.  In this way we could open your closed space and get the final results I think your looking for!

All the best,

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Douglas J. Hauck, DDS
Newport Beach Dentist

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