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Invisalign for Teeth and Gums?

I have some spaced out teeth which are a bit crooked. I think Invisalign will help those, but I also have uneven gums. Would Invisalign help them as well?

Dana

Dear Dana,

A woman placing her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

You’re likely looking at two procedures. Both are easy. Invisalign will certainly straighten your teeth. Plus, it’s comfortable, invisible, and has many benefits over traditional braces. The one thing it can’t do is even out your gums.

I’m assuming you mean they’re different sizes from tooth to tooth. That can certainly derail the beauty of a smile. Dentists want their patients to love their smile and enjoy sharing it with others. A confident smile adds to everyone’s beauty.

There is a simple procedure, called a gingivectomy, your dentist can do to remove the tissue that’s sort of crawling down too low to get some camera time. It’s easy peasy and done inpatient in just one appointment. Your gums will heal up quickly unless you have secondary conditions, such as diabetes, which can slow down healing time.

The key is talking to your dentist about what you’re hoping to accomplish. He or she will know just what procedures will give the results you desire.

Teeth Whitening and Invisalign

As you’re looking to improve your smile, you may want to consider whitening them while getting them straightened. Teeth Whitening trays are typically used to place the whitening gel. They’re customed designed to fit your smile perfectly.

So is Invisalign. Because of that. Those aligners can double as the bleaching trays allowing you to straighten and whiten your smile simultaneously.

It’s like getting a mini-smile makeover. By the time you’re done with these three procedures, all of which are super easy and patient-friendly, your smile will look like a million bucks.

This blog is brought to you Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

My Veneers Look Like Chicklets

I spent a pretty penny on porcelain veneers. They look thick and fake, like chicklets. Plus, the visible teeth next to them don’t match which makes it even more obvious they’re fake. Is there anything I can do to fix this? My dentist says I’ll get used to them.

Hannah

Dear Hannah,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer
Getting a beautiful smile makeover requires an expert cosmetic dentist

How disappointing to invest in a smile makeover only to have it look fake. Then, to have your dentist say you’ll “get used to it”. Really? Why would you want to get used to a fake looking smile?

Is it possible your cosmetic dentist gave you a no-prep type of veneer, such as Lumineers? These tend to look bulky and are often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place. I’m pretty sure your dentist falls into that category for two reasons:

True Cosmetic Dentists Know How Many Veneers You Need

You said your teeth next to the porcelain veneers don’t match. That means your dentist didn’t provide enough veneers for the width of your smile. Wider smiles require more porcelain veneers and a great cosmetic dentist would have advised you of that. Additionally, he would have had you whiten your teeth ahead of time so even if some teeth showed which didn’t have veneers, the colors would be close enough not to have an obvious difference in teeth.

True Cosmetic Dentists Aren’t Satisfied Unless You Are

A cosmetic dentist wouldn’t say, “You’ll get used to it.” If you weren’t thrilled with your smile makeover, they’d go back to the drawing board. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.

Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to have your porcelain veneers redone. You can ask the dentist who did yours for at least a partial refund. Let him know you’re having to go elsewhere in order to get this smile makeover done the way you wanted it. If he cares about his work, he’ll want to make this right.

Finding a Great Cosmetic Dentist

Look on the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists who are looking to be listed. They can’t just pay to get on. Instead, they have to demonstrate they have both technical skill and an artistic eye to create gorgeous smiles.

If they’re listed on that site, you’ll get a stunning smile you’ll be proud to show off.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Multiple Dental Treatment Allergies

A series of issues have led to me needing some help. First, I have had a lot of health problems which couldn’t be explained. I finally had some allergy testing done which determined I had multiple metal allergies. Then, after a botched root canal treatment, which also ended with a broken file left in my tooth, I went to see a specialist who was able to retrieve the file but a few days later I developed an infection which landed me in the hospital. In addition to some serious antibiotics, they also recognized I had some chemical allergies. I have a list of eight things I’m allergic too, including titanium, which is supposedly quite rare. Are there dentists who can handle my list of allergies?

Rebekah

Dear Rebekah,

a patient giving a thumbs up from a dental chair
Holistic Dentists are More Willing to Work with Patient’s Needs

You’ve had it tough. It’s impressive that you’re still trying to persevere with your dental care despite the challenges. That says a lot. You won’t find a dentist who is allergy specific. What you need is a dentist who’s willing to work with you and the limitations you face, including your very rare allergies, like titanium. Fortunately, there are more and more metal-free alternatives in dental care these days.

For instance, with titanium, which is the most common type of dental implant, you can now get a metal-free implant. Zirconia implants are growing in popularity and use. Not only are they free of metal, but they’re equally strong. In fact, they’ve been nick-named ceramic steel.

Sadly, many dentists find these allergies controversial, especially the Clifford’s Test. I don’t know why. The human body is amazing and mysterious. I wouldn’t surprise me in the least if each person responded to things differently. It’s also supremely arrogant to assume me know everything we need to about physiology.

Your best bet is to find a holistic dentist.

What is a Holistic Dentist?

Holistic dentists, sometimes called natural or biological dentists, factor in the health of the whole body and not just the teeth. They’ll listen to what you’re saying and address your concerns. They’ll even go out of their way to find materials that are biocompatible with your body.

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Another Cosmetic Dentist Horror Story

I don’t know what to do. I had a chipped tooth on my front teeth which had been fixed with bonding. I’d since moved and the bonding needed to be repaired. My new dentist said veneers were a more longterm solution. I agreed, but when he went to do them he noticed I had fillings and said they couldn’t be done. Instead, he suggested I get crowns. I’ve always been of the opinion the professional knows best, but now I’m doubting myself. The crowns looked fine when he showed them to me, but on my teeth they are grayish in color and I haven’t smiled since I received them. Do you have any helpful suggestions? What went wrong?

Lara

Dear Lara,

photo of a chipped front tooth
Fixing a chipped tooth should be a no-brainer for a good cosmetic dentist

I’m so sorry this has happened to you. In fact, I’m guessing your smile looks worse now than before. The only thing that went wrong is you trusted in an incompetent cosmetic dentist you shouldn’t have. I know it’s natural to trust your medical professional. In no way am I blaming you. It sounds like your dentist is trying to dabble in cosmetic dentistry but doesn’t yet have either the knowledge or the skill.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number One

The standard repair for a chipped tooth is dental bonding, so your previous dentist was right about that. Suggesting a porcelain veneer would normally be considered a massive overtreatment. There was one thing your new dentist said correctly. The veneers do last longer than bonding, but they’re much more expensive.

Porcelain veneers are used to do total smile makeovers. They’re an incredible procedure and can completely transform a smile in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist. But, it’s a huge expense for a simple chipped tooth. Either he doesn’t know how to do dental bonding or he was just trying to squeeze more money out of you.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Two

Having fillings would not have kept you from getting porcelain veneers. The bonding would have worked just fine. This leads me to believe your dentist doesn’t understand the basics about his field.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Three

He didn’t do a try-in of your porcelain crowns. How they look on your teeth is completely different than how they look before they’re bonded. The part of your natural tooth structure that is left effects the coloring. That’s why experienced cosmetic dentists will use a temporary try-in paste so you can see them and give approval of the true appearance before permanent bonding.

Where Do You Go From Here?

In your place, I’d ask for a refund and go to a skilled cosmetic dentist to have this case re-done. He lied to you about the fillings and did a poor job on the crowns. Unfortunately, because dental crowns require a severe grinding down of your natural teeth, you’re stuck with them. You’ll have to have crowns made again. The good news is, in the hands of an artistic dentist, you can have a gorgeous smile once more.

To find that dentist, look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Invisalign for Minor Ortho Spacing

I had the full deal of braces when I was younger. They worked fine but I never really wore my retainer. As a result, I have some minor spacing issues, especially on my lower arch. I know now how stupid that was, but hindsight is 20/20. Now that I’m an adult, it bugs me. You can’t tell when I’m smiling but I know the spaces are visible when I talk. I’m too old for another mouth full of braces, but am wondering if Invisalign a good option for someone in my position?

Monica

Dear Monica,

A woman inserting her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

Don’t beat yourself up too much. You’re not the first teenager to skip their retainer and I’m more than certain you won’t be the last. Invisalign will be a great option for you. In fact, if all you have is minor spacing issues, you’re probably a good candidate for Invisalign Express. It shouldn’t take very long and it’s just as Invisible. You’ll have those spacing issues fixed in no time.

I can tell your smile is important to you. As it is one of the first things people notice about you, it’s good that you do. First impressions matter, especially if you’re involved in the business world.

There’s an additional benefit to Invisalign you might be interested in.

Invisalign and Teeth Whitening

If your teeth have picked up stains over the years, teeth whitening can remove them making you look years younger. On its own, it’s an affordable smile makeover. Combined with Invisalign it’s like getting two for one. That’s because your aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. All you’ll need is to purchase some professional whitening gel from your dentist.

Going All Out

If you’re happy with your smile, other than the spacing, then the above is all you really need. However, if there’s anything you’d wished you could change about your smile that you thought was impossible, it’s not.

With porcelain veneers, you can change absolutely anything—the shape of your teeth, their size, their color, even their character. They’re a total smile makeover. The only trick is making sure you get a skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist to do them. They’re an advanced procedure which requires both post-graduate training and some natural artistic skill.

You can find one by going on mynewsmile.com. They research cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed. Only those with the highest technical skill, who can give you a gorgeous smile make it.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Do Lyme Patients Need a Holistic Dentist?

My husband was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. I remember reading way back somewhere that Yolanda Hadid (the Real Housewives gal) had to go to a holistic dentist in order to get better from her Lyme. Does my husband need to switch dentists?

Carol L.

Dear Carol,

Yolanda Hadid Foster

I remember the article you mentioned. Some of the information was accurate and some wasn’t. Her thinking was her amalgam fillings, which has a main ingredient of mercury, was preventing her immune system to work efficiently because it was so busy dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning. If she got rid of her amalgam fillings, she’d have a better shot at fighting her Lyme disease.

First, I have to say that the American Dental Association still considers amalgam fillings completely safe. Though, it’s understandable patients aren’t as confident about putting a known toxin, both medically and neurologically in their bodies. Because of that, more and more dentists are switching to white composite fillings.

Holistic Dentistry and Lyme Disease

The key to treating Lyme is to be as healthy as possible because unless caught immediately, it becomes extraordinarily difficult to treat. So, in addition to eating healthy and getting a reasonable amount of exercise, you’ll want to be certain your immune system isn’t forced to divide its energies.

One way to do that is to get rid of your amalgam fillings. The danger with that is the toxicity of mercury. Your dentist absolutely must do what is known as a sanitary amalgam removal. Without that procedure, you’re very likely to end up inhaling mercury.

Holistic dentists know how to perform sanitary amalgam removals. Their whole philosophy is about caring for the whole patient and not just their teeth. However, not every city has a holistic dentist. Depending on the size of the area where you and your husband live, you may not be able to locate one.

Your next option is to find a mercury-free dentist. Many of them also know how to safely remove your old silver fillings and replace them with the healthier composite counterparts. I’d recommend that before traveling a huge distance for a holistic dentist.

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Is It True Holistic Dentists Don’t Believe in Root Canal Treatments?

I was considering going to a holistic dentist because I like the idea of considering the whole body in treatment and not having to worry about getting a filling loaded with mercury. But, my sister told me they don’t believe in root canal treatments. I’m worried they’ll just extract a problem tooth that could have been saved with a root canal treatment.

Marissa L.

Dear Marissa,

Boston Holistic Dentist

That’s a great question. You’re right to be wary of unnecessarily extracting a tooth, when it can be saved. There is a fringe group of holistic dentists who feel that doing a root canal treatment leaves some bacteria in your teeth, leaving you at risk.

But, if you look at it logically, we always have both good and bad bacteria in our teeth. In fact, that’s one of the ways we build up our immune system. If we never had any bacteria in our system, our bodies would not know how to fight anything and could become overwhelmed.

Most holistic dentists, however, realize this and will confidently give a patient a root canal treatment when needed.  I’d simply ask them up front what their policy is on root canals. If for some reason, you can’t find a holistic dentist in your area, you can still get treatment without having to worry about a mouth full of mercury.

There are mercury-free dentists who will only place the white, composite fillings which contain no toxic substances. In fact, Mercury-free dentists are becoming more and more common as composite fillings are becoming the standard treatment, rather than their amalgam cousins. While amalgam fillings were useful in their time, we’ve made many advancements which no longer makes them necessary.

I hope this brings you some peace of mind.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Is It Safe to Find an Affordable Cosmetic Dentist?

I go to an affordable dentist. He finds ways to cut costs so I can get the procedures I want. He knows I’ve always been embarrassed about my smile, but can’t afford to do anything cosmetic. Recently, he offered to do some cosmetic work for me at a discount. I keep hearing you need to go to the top of the line cosmetic dentists or you’ll end up with an even more embarrassing smile. Is this true? I’m really tempted to get the work done.

Missy L.

Dear Missy,

I can understand your temptation. And, let me say, it sounds like you have a dentist with a truly compassionate heart. I love when I hear stories of dentists trying to help patients who are struggling financially.

A lot of my answer will depend on what type of cosmetic work you are considering having done. If you’re talking about teeth whitening, any dentist can do it regardless of cosmetic skill. It’s a fairly simple procedure which is hard to mess up.

If you’re talking about getting porcelain veneers, then it would be important you choose your cosmetic dentist carefully. It’s a very advanced procedure.  Start by talking to him about his training in porcelain veneers. Ask to see his smile gallery, which has before and after pictures of work he’s done. If his work is good, he’ll be happy to share it with you. If you like what you see, you’ll be fine.

If you’re not thrilled with the results you’re seeing, go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area. You can see who they recommend in your area. It would be worth it to wait and save up for a better dentist than to end up with a smile you’re disappointed with.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

I want to get my teeth whitened. I mentioned it to my family dentist. He said he’d be happy to do it. The only thing which worries me is the fact it is a cosmetic procedure. Should I see a cosmetic dentist for that? I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly.

Maya E. – Long Beach

Maya,

You’re wise to ask. There are certain procedures that especially need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist, such as porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening isn’t one of them. Any dentist can do teeth whitening. It’s the easiest cosmetic procedure there is. Your family dentist will be fine to do this procedure. I’m sure he’d also be thrilled to serve you this way.

You should be aware there is really no such thing as a cosmetic dentist specialty. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. You’ll want to check out their post-graduate training in cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of the type of dental training you’ll want, take a look at Dr. Bader’s bio page.

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Can I Remove Porcelain Veneers?

I’ve had the same dentist since I was a little girl. I love the guy, but I’m afraid he really messed up my porcelain veneers. I was asked to be a speaker at a major convention and it was my big opportunity to shine and get investors for a project I’ve been working on. I mentioned it to my dentist because I was concerned about my smile and he said that he could get me fixed up with porcelain veneers. I let him do them and I really regret it now. They don’t look like they’re shaped right, for starters. They also don’t feel right. I keep catching my tongue on them when I talk and it has affected my speech. Lastly, the coloring is off. It looks like I have pieces of gum stuck to my front four teeth. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I really want to get them taken off and go back to my normal teeth. What’s the best way to approach this with my dentist?

Sincerely,

Lucia – California

Unfortunately, you can’t just remove porcelain veneers. Some of your tooth material was likely shaved. Without the porcelain veneers for cover, that leaves you exposed and susceptible to decay.

It sounds like your dentist is a great family dentist, but may not be the best cosmetic dentist. His heart was likely in the right place, but that doesn’t help your smile makeover.

The only real way to fix this is to have them re-done by a dentist with more artistic cosmetic skill. As a patient, it would be difficult for you to know which dentist is skilled in cosmetics and which isn’t. In your place, I’d suggest going to the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend the best of the best. Put in your zip code and they’ll recommend some great dentists to give you a smile you won’t just be proud of, you’ll be thrilled with.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.