Will Porcelain Veneers Fix a Tooth Gap?

If I have a gap between my two front teeth will porcelain veneers fix that?

Tony J. – New Jersey

Tony,

The short answer is yes. However, if the gap is very large, you may want to look at other options. Otherwise it could look unnatural. If it’s not a huge gap, then yes, porcelain veneers can give you a very attractive, natural looking solution.

There is also a less expensive solution. A common solution for a tooth gap, is to  use dental bonding.  That’s a composite resin that your dentist will shape to close the gap and blend into your natural teeth.

If the only issue you have with your smile is the gap, then I’d use dental bonding. If, however, there are other things you’d like to fix about your teeth, such as their color, shape, or size, then porcelain veneers will be a much better solution.

The key on any of these, though, is to get a very good, artistic cosmetic dentist. Ideally, you’ll want to get a dentist that is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

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Why can’t I chew very well

I’ve got dentures for the first time. The dentist made them as tight fitting as he could. They’re OK.  Obviously, it’s not going to feel like it did when I had my own teeth. But, the thing I’m struggling with the most is how difficult it has become to chew my food. It takes me forever. Will this improve?

Sadie M. – Louisiana

Sadie,

While there will be some natural improvement as you become more experienced in using them, it’s not likely to change very much. Even the best fitting dentures will cause a 50% drop in chewing efficiency.

You get some help if you have snap-on dentures. They help anchor them a little better.

But, to be frank, the only way to chew like you have natural teeth is to get dental implants instead of dentures. They’re more pricey, so it may be something you save up for while you decide if you can live with the chewing issues.

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Options for a teen with congenitally missing teeth

My 16 year old has a congenitally missing tooth. I wanted to get her a dental implant, but the dentist insists she’s too young. The problem is this tooth is visible and is embarassing to her. Are there options?

Rosie B. – Denver

Rosie,

First, I’m going to say that I agree with your dentist. Your daughter is too young for a dental implant. Her jaw is still growing and the procedure will end up failing.

That being said. I would suggest you get her a porcelain veneer for the smaller baby tooth. It can “build up” material around the tooth and make it the same shape, size, and appearance as her other teeth.

This will at least temporarily take care of the problem while you wait for her jaw to fully develop.

One word of caution. Make sure you go to a highly experienced, artistic cosmetic dentist if you want to veneer to look good.

I recommend going on mynewsmile.com and seeing which cosmetic dentists they recommend in the Denver area.

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Is it normal for a dental implant to be loose?

I got a dental implant. I’m happy with how it looks, but it feels loose. I asked my dentist about it and he said that is normal and it will stabilize if I take good care of it.  I’m so nervous of doing something wrong. What are precautions I can take?

Cora H. – Michigan

Cora,

It is NOT normal for a dental implant to be loose.  Your dentist is being incompetent. You need to see another dentist right away. You may be looking at dental implant failure.

I want you to see a very good implant dentist. Look at Dr. Burba’s  Dental Implant Specialist page to give you some idea what you need to look for.

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Good Dentist—Bad Dentist

I’ve learned a hard lesson I want to pass on to any readers you have. I wanted to get a smile makeover. I called around and found several dentists that did exactly what I wanted right in my area. One of them  (let’s call him bad dentist) was significantly less expensive. It was the exact same procedure so I thought I was getting a good deal. Unfortunately, that is not how it turned out.

The cheaper dentist gave me a smile that was worse than the one I originally went in with. I left in tears. What did the dentist do? He told me it was fine and I was being overly critical.

My husband finally convinced me to go to one of the other dentists to get a second opinion. When I did, the dentist (let’s call him good dentist) said I had a right to be disappointed. He even managed to talk bad dentist into giving me a partial refund.

Then good dentist re-did my smile makeover. Even though it cost me more, I ended up having a smile I am proud to flash everywhere I go.

All that to say, if you want a smile makeover….go to the best dentist possible, even if it costs a little more.  It will be so worth it!

Tracy M. – Maine

Tracy,

I’m so glad you love your new smile and that you found a great dentist. Your words of advice are spot on.

I will add one thing, because it is sometimes hard for patients, especially new patients, to know who is really the best dentist. You don’t want to just base it on price, because more costly, though it often means more skilled and in demand, doesn’t always mean that. it sometimes means you have a poser.

One almost guaranteed way to get a gorgeous smile makeover, is to go to a cosmetic dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Those are among the most skilled cosmetic dentists in the world.

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