this patient came to me in tears about her smile. she had been unable to smile for years because she was self-conscious. her main concerns were that her teeth were too yellow and worn down. she was also concerned about the cost of treating these issues. after a thorough exam, we discussed some different options including porcelain veneers, crowns, and resin veneers. based on our discussions, we decided that resin veneers would be the best option. this treatment, also known as bonding, is an economical option that can be performed in less than an hour. it is important to note, that with this patient, due to the severe wear, this may not be a long-term solution to her problem. she was however, extremely pleased with the outcome.
Our 30 minute mission, to close a gap that has made this patient self-conscious for years.
This patient was a very sweet lady, her main concern was the space between her two front teeth. I could see some other opportunities for improving the appearance here as well. First, the space is a "V" shape because her teeth are also angled away from one another. The other issue is that the edges are very jagged. Correcting these problems with composite resin bonding was the immediate choice for me.
This is a relatively inexpensive, quick and painless procedure that can have a huge impact. What struck me about this patient is that she had trouble smiling in the pre-operative picture because she never does it! She habituated a non-smiling posture after years of being self-conscious about the "space" issue.
After 20 minutes you can see a drastic improvement in her smile. The three problems: the space, the incorrect position and the jagged incisal edges are corrected. This patient was ecstatic by the change and had a great big smile on her face when she left the office."
Norwood Dental Clinic is located in Norwood, NC.
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