Need Help with my Ugly Teeth

I really don’t like my teeth. I mean they aren’t awful but I feel like hiding my smile. Anyway, here is what is going on. They are yellow and crooked. I used to grind my teeth a lot when I was younger so the bottom teeth are out of alignment. Do you think the dentist can file them down to make them all the same size. Also, I still have a baby tooth that needs to be pulled because there is actually an adult tooth in front of it. Do you think it will straighten out after it’s pulled?

– Jake in Louisiana

Jake,

You have mentioned a lot of issues that you are unhappy with. And you probably realize how difficult it is to give you any kind of personalized recommendations without having seen your case. There are several other factors that need to be addressed before moving forward – how much tooth decay do you have, are you still grinding and do not realize it, if the baby tooth is removed, will the permanent tooth in the right place?

Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants (if the pulled tooth leaves a gap), dental bonding to file them out, Invisalign or other means of orthodontics for straightening are all possibilities – the list goes on.

Grinding is probably one of the most serious factors that may cause or may have already caused damage to your TMJ. So here is what the best thing to do, instead of selecting or researching a particular treatment plan, you need to find the right dentist that you can trust. With any luck and a little patience it is possible to find a cosmetic dentist that not only is experienced in dental implants (if needed) but also may be a TMJ specialist. There are very talented dentists around that have it all and also have the right credentials. So ultimately, pick the right dentist versus the treatment you think you want. Please, please, please do not go to the least expensive or just any dentist that says they know what they are doing. When it comes to TMJ there are so many factors involved in making the correct diagnosis and forming an appropriate treatment plan.

Best of luck.

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

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