I hate my smile. This is because I cannot see my teeth. When my mouth is at rest, I can’t see it at all. When I am smiling, I have to force my lips up very unnaturally for you to see any of my teeth. I do have some jaw pain. When I am wearing a mouthguard. When I do, the pain is gone and it is a bit easier to see my teeth. My dentist is suggesting porcelain veneers. I am not opposed to getting them, but want to make certain it is my only option before making a decision. My dentist has a habit of just suggesting something and if it doesn’t work, suggesting something else. You probably wonder why I stick with him. It is simply because he is my wife’s cousin. An annoying dentist is a small price to pay for peace at home.
I am glad you wrote now instead of after your wife’s cousin had a chance to “work” on your teeth. Porcelain veneers possibly could make your smile look better, depending on how skilled your dentist is with cosmetic dentistry. Unfortunately, it will not make your underlying problem any better.
My suspicion, based on your description, is that you have a collapsed bite along with some TMJ problems. There is a way to open your bite back up, but it has to be done carefully and with someone that has some expertise with TMJ Disorder, as well as experience with a full mouth reconstruction.
I do not believe your dentist is going to be able to do this. Don’t worry about your wife. Explain to her it is the difference between going to the family dentist and a specialist for a more nuanced issue.
When you find the dentist, they will open up your bite provisionally with temporary crowns. You’ll need to make sure they feel completely natural and comfortable. You’ll also want to make sure you also like the way they look. Only after you are completely pleased with the provisionals should the dentist move onto the permanent crowns.
Look for a dentist who has studied at one of the following institutes:
- The Pankey Institute
- The Dawson Academy
- The Las Vegas Academy of Advanced Dental Studies
They will have the training necessary to do this procedure for you.
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