I Hate My Crooked Teeth


I am an adult male, 25 years old. When I was a teenager I wore braces which really helped straighten my teeth. Then my dentist broke off my permanent retainer when I was almost 18 years old. Now I feel like my teeth are shifting around and it is especially noticeable on the bottom.

It really drives me crazy because I have always been self-conscious about the way my smile looks. I hate it! I also feel like my two front teeth are very large. Do you know if dentures would be a good fix or crowns or something for that? Or I have even heard about teeth trimming? I just want to smile normally without embarrassment.

– Ted in Kansas


Please do not do anything drastic like have your teeth removed and replaced with dentures! Missing all your teeth presents many more long-term health issues than being happy with the way your teeth look.

In fact, everything that you have described sounds like cosmetic issues. It would be good to meet with an expert cosmetic dentist. Don’t just go to any dentist on the block. Beautiful cosmetic dentistry is like artistry. It requires much advanced training beyond dental school. Many skilled cosmetic dentists are affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. So that is a specific credential you can look for as you begin your search for the right dentist.

But generally speaking, Invisalign is an excellent way to straighten your teeth. It takes about half the time as the conventional wire and metal braces you had as a teen. And no one will be able to tell you are wearing them. This treatment actually boasts one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings in dentistry.

Porcelain veneers are also an option based on what you have described. This may be a way to address your front two teeth that seem to bother you. Also, they can be used on the bottom teeth to give the appearance of straight, white teeth if you didn’t want to have them straightened. They are faster than Invisalign but cost more.

For the front teeth, when a cosmetic dentist places the veneers, they prepare the teeth and could trim them down if needed. Or there are other procedures like cosmetic contouring if your teeth are especially large.

If budget isn’t a big factor, you would be much better served to select the best cosmetic dentist you can find instead of selecting a specific treatment. An expert cosmetic dentist can give you the right recommendation so you are well on your way to a beautiful new smile.

Best of luck.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.


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