A 'Cosmetic Dentistry on a Shoe-String Budget' digital smile makeover. Photo submitted by website visitor.
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1) Better brushing and flossing is needed. -
More effective tooth brushing and flossing (possibly even including the use of an electric toothbrush) is needed here. It would both improve the health of this person's gums, as well as reduce their potential for future cavities.
2) Place dental veneers. -
Even with the presence of decay, it seems likely that the center two teeth could be repaired by placing porcelain veneers. This is the approach that we've illustrated in our "after" picture.
These restorations would both close in the tooth gap and give these teeth a more pleasing shape. We've also shown how veneers or dental bonding might be placed on the adjacent teeth (the lateral incisors), so to give them a more pleasing shape and better alignment too.
3) Adjusting the lower tooth's height.
For the bottom teeth, our "after" picture illustrates how shortening just the tallest one goes a long way towards giving them a more even appearance. This type of minor reshaping can usually be done in just a few moments, without anesthetic.
4) An alternative plan. -
An alternative treatment approach for this case could be to repair the cavities with dental bonding and then close the gap between the upper teeth by way of realigning them using orthodontic treatment (braces) (possibly even Invisalign ®).
Overall, this second approach is a good idea and one that should be considered. If it were chosen, the misalignment of the lower teeth could be corrected at the same time. Its main drawback would be one of cost and treatment time.