Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers? Please help! (photos)
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It is difficult to tell what your teeth actually look like because your photos did not seem to load properly. I would recommend reloading your photos, so that we can see what's going on. If you have short teeth, you may need a gum lift and veneers, which can make your teeth appear longer. If you are afraid of being rejected by a dentist, you should find one on this site that has great before and after photos of a similar type of patient. That will tell you whether the dentist you're considering can actually give you the results that you're wanting. I hope this helps; follow me on RealSelf if you have more questions.
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Dear Rebecca: There is no such thing as being a candidate or facing rejection from a cosmetic dentist. I understand your desire to have a beautiful perfect Hollywood smile. Judging by your photos, you could benefit from an increased length of your front teeth. However, there are two underlying issues which make veneers and inappropriate treatment in your case at this time. The first issue is your oral hygiene. Since you do not like your smile you tend to neglect your teeth. This is readily evident in the photos by the heavy amount of plaque that you have on your teeth at the gum line. If you have veneers delivered on your teeth and maintain this level of inadequate oral hygiene, you will quickly see a breakdown at the juncture where the veneers meet your tooth at the gum line. This will lead to rapid recession and decay. The other reason veneers are in an inappropriate treatment at this time is that your teeth are positioned in a cross bite relationship. Placing veneers in this position will create adverse forces on them and you will see them pop off after a very short period of time. The right thing to do is to first speak to your dentist about developing a proper oral hygiene regimen. Next, discuss with your dentist or orthodontist the use of Invisalign Orthodontics to properly realign your teeth and expand your upper Arch to eliminate the cross-bite situation. In addition, the upper teeth can be brought down to widen your smile and to appear longer. Whitening of your teeth is also easy to accomplish using the Invisalign trays. At that point, when your teeth are clean, brighter, and in the right position, you might not need or want porcelain veneers. they are costly and might not be needed at all.
If after proper hygiene, whitening, and Orthodontics you are still unhappy with your smile, then veneers will be a consideration to make you happy. The specialist in cosmetic restorative and Implant Dentistry is called a prosthodontist. You might want to look one up in your area. Best of luck,
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