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Adult Orthodontics Ask The Dentist Ed Leventhal Question:
Braces versus Veneers: I am a 34 yr old female who had orthodontic treatment to correct crowded and misaligned teeth ion my teens.

Through the years my teeth have become slightly crowded (more teeth should have been extracted) and are misaligned due to slight bottom jaw growth at the end of puberty. I also have TMJ.

I managed to chip my two front teeth in college from grinding but do not grind anymore. I want to have my teeth fixed but my dentist is telling me it is impossible without a full set of braces and jaw surgery to realign things.

I chew fine, I do not get headaches, I do not grind. I just want my teeth to look pretty again. What should I do? Teeth otherwise in good condition. Its hard to believe nothing can be done. ....Visitor from VA

Answer:
Get a second and third opinion.

If you find a dentist who says he or she can help, ask for pictures of some of their cosmetic restorations.

You want a dentist who has enough pride in their cosmetic restorations to take photographs. If no photographs, seek another dentist. There are hundreds of dentists in your area with varying levels of skill.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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