As we get older teeth have a tendency to both chip and wear. Using our teeth for things other than eating, such as opening beer bottles will inevitably result in chipping teeth.
Worn teeth are also a result of age and/or abuse to the biting surface of the teeth. As we get older we tend to grind away and wear the biting (incisal) edges of our teeth, this results in an aged and square look to the tips of the teeth. Notice in the before and after photographs below how correcting this square edged look and making the ages look more rounded results in a much more youthful appearance to the teeth.
As you can see, this patients teeth were very worn down and dark. They also had old fillings in the front surface of the upper top teeth which are urgently needed replacing.
As you can see in the after photographs, this patient had an immediate improvement in their smile, looking brighter, whiter and much younger. This was achieved with a combination of crowns and veneers. The whole case such as this can take 4 weeks from start to finish so detailed planning is required.
Sometimes is not possible to actually make teeth shorter than they have to be. This case illustrates how teeth can look much longer as they get older. However, what we can do is create the optical illusion of teeth looking shorter by changing the shape of the teeth to make the light to reflect off of other areas. This can clearly be seen in the last after photograph where the light is reflecting towards the gum line of the tooth making the tooth look shorter than it actually is.
Sometimes the tips of the teeth against the breakaway and the edges look jagged, restoring these with dental veneers can have a huge impact.
I visited The Montrose Smile Studio because I was in a lot of pain with a number of my teeth. It felt as though every single tooth had some sort of sensitive/painful issue and as my NHS dentures were uncomfortable, I was concerned they were partly responsible for the increased sensitivity to my teeth. I had a number of teeth removed over recent years at my NHS dental practice and I had begun to loose faith in the practice as my dentist changed yearly: there was no continuity and therefore no overall understanding of my needs.
I asked Dr Khan for advice on treating the sensitivity and having implants as I also wondered if my remaining teeth were working too hard and adding to the sensitivity. Dr Khan spent a lot of time explaining to my husband and I what options were available, the life expectancy of the different options and the estimated cost.
Given that I was thinking of having so much work done, I also asked Dr Khan for options and costing for improving the appearance of my teeth.
In all, the treatment from my first appointment to my last appointment to my last took about eight months and I have to honestly say I am overjoyed with the end result. The sensitivity has all gone and the appearance of my teeth has improved immensely (all friends and family have noticed and complimented me on my new look) I had my own treatment plan so that I knew what to expect at each stage of the treatment and Dr Khan explained to me what to expect at each appointment. I found Dr Khan extremely patient and empathetic, and he listened to all my concerns and responded to them accordingly.
I did have concerns going to The Montrose Smile Studio as I wasn’t sure what more could be offered than by my current NHS dental practice, and I am so pleased I took the plunge and decided to go with the Montrose Smile Studio. The understanding continuity, professionalism and honesty I experienced over the last eight months have renewed my trust in dental practice. I found Dr Khan to be an honest, hard working and highly skilled dentist and I would definitely recommend Dr Khan and his team to anyone who asks for any dental help or advice.