This patient presented for a cosmetic consult after having the exsting bridges placed ten years ago. The bridges although still being sound functionally, were discolored, and overall quite ugly.
Over the years the metal margins had begun showing near the gumlines and missing teeth in the back had caused a collapse of the bite and shifting of the teeth in the front. The patients concerns were the size, shape, and color of the bridges and the overall look causing her to have lost the confidence to smile and in some cases she would not talk to people for fear of showing her (as she put it) ugly teeth.
This was an extensive case in which we used a number of different procedures and materials to get to the final result you see in the picture. Including four implants to replace the back teeth, porcelain crowns for the upper teeth, one bridge, and porcelain veneers for the lower front teeth.
The patient was extremely pleased with the result, and hasn't stopped smiling since. She says that the new smile has given her a new confidence that has resulted in her being more outgoing and in return people being more friendly towards her.
If you think you have lost hope in your smile, let us take a look and see if we can help acheive your cosmetic goals.
This patient was dissatisfied with her "gummy smile" and the color of her teeth. Her teeth were healthy and she did not have any extreme wearing of the teeth, but she just wanted the beautiful smile she had always dreamed of. So we decided to do a conservative approach, with some cosmetic surgery for the gums to get rid of the gummy smile and then some minimal prep veneers on the front six teeth. You can see that even with this conservative approach her result was quite dramatic.
Michael T McClure DMD, FAGD
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