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I have a problem showing my teeth while smiling. Is there any way to correct this?

I have a problem showing  my teeth while smiling. Is there any way to correct this?

GET EVALUATED: You may either have short teeth, a collapsed bite or a low lip line. See a cosmetic dentist who has training in facial aesthetics and dental occlusion. There may be many facets to giving you what you want. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can you tell me what it is called when you top teeth are directly over the bottom teeth when smiling?

Can you tell me what it is called when you top teeth are directly over the bottom teeth when smiling?

Edge to edge: If the edges of the top and bottom teeth meet directly on one another when the mouth is closed when biting down naturally, it is referred to as an edge to edge bite. ...Read more

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Dentistry in my country is very expensive. I only patched up my worst teeth for smiling and left a few mild cases. How do I control spread of decay?

Dentistry in my country is very expensive. I only patched up my worst teeth for smiling and left a few mild cases. How do I control spread of decay?

Cavities and cost: Dr. Behner gave you great advice & I agree. However, remember two important things: First, once a tooth has a cavity it will only get worse in time, no matter what you do. You can try to slow the process down but cannot eliminate the inevitable loss of teeth without proper dental care. Secondly, taking care of a small cavity is the smartest, best long term cost savings practice. ...Read more

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What treatments will you follow for healthy smiling and prevent my teeth ?

Healthy smile: Thorough brushing, flossing 2x/day, eating a low sugar diet avoiding those delicious gummy type candies as well as sticky cakes and confections, etc. Do eat raw vegetables which have a kind of cleansing action and high in essential nutrients. ...Read more

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Do my photos look ok if I am not smiling? Embarassed about yellowish teeth

Do my photos look ok if I am not smiling? Embarassed about yellowish teeth

Ok...: If the only reason for not smiling is because of yellow teeth, then why not correct it? If you walk into a room & there's 2 people to talk to. One is smiling & the other isn't, who is more approachable & comes across friendlier? Your dentist can help you come up with solutions to fix your yellow teeth from bleaching to conservative restorative options in addition to professional cleanings. ...Read more

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Does smiling with clenched teeth decrease bruxism?

No: Bruxism is a neuro-muscular habit. The causes are varied and contraversial. See your dentist and discuss options for management of this common but potentially damaging pattern. ...Read more

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I show dark triangles when i push up my lips to show my front teeth. Looks bad but no perio problems. Don't show much dark when smiling. Some options?

I show dark triangles when i push up my lips to show my front teeth. Looks bad but no perio problems. Don't show much dark when smiling. Some options?

Dark triangles: Dark triangles are a blunting or recession of the papilla of gum tissue that normally comes up to a point between your teeth. You report no perio problems so it is possible that clenching or grinding of your teeth could be an issue, or over zealous brushing and flossing. There are cosmetic fixes but for lasting results you need to find out why the triangles are there and address that first. ...Read more

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I have small teeth and my gums are visible when smiling. Can a plastic surgeon do anything?

I have small teeth and my gums are visible when smiling. Can a plastic surgeon do anything?

Not plastic surgeon: A cosmetic dentist would be the first to consult. There are procedures which can be done to give the teeth a longer look and at the same time a less gummy smile. ...Read more

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Within weeks the periodontist will remove all teeth on UL behind my intact canine. A hole will show when smiling. Will pack bone graft.Cosmetic cover?

Within weeks the periodontist will remove all teeth on UL behind my intact canine. A hole will show when smiling. Will pack bone graft.Cosmetic cover?

Same as before..: You've asked this question earlier regarding a flipper... it is not a terrific idea to have a partial denture pressing down on a bone graft that is trying to heal. It is possible to make a cosmetic flipper that is hollow in that area, is not in occlusion, and has teeth purely for cosmetic purposes. Your restorative dentist and their lab need to design it properly to avoid trauma to the graft. ...Read more

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Local anesthesia a week ago caused cheek swelling, and my mouth corner still isn't working right (smiling, whistling, etc.) is this permanent?

Local anesthesia a week ago caused cheek swelling, and my mouth corner still isn't working right (smiling, whistling, etc.) is this permanent?

It shouldn't be...: .. But in any event, your dentist should be notified so that you can be evaluated and possibly put on medication. ...Read more

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My left eyelid looks lower than my right. When smiling my right side of my mouth goes further back than my left. Just started. I'm 38. What's wrong?

My left eyelid looks lower than my right. When smiling my right side of my mouth goes further back than my left. Just started. I'm 38. What's wrong?

Bells palsy?: If you have bell's palsy, you would have trouble smiling on your left side, the wrinkles on your forehead would be less prominent on the left and your mouth may droop on that side. You would have a tough time closing your left eye lid, giving it an asymmetric look. If that's the case, you need to see your primary care doc. ...Read more

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8 months old boy with drooping lower lip and a vacant look (from birth). No problem in smiling (mouth always open) if you play with him. Causes?

8 months old boy with drooping lower lip and a vacant look (from birth). No problem in smiling (mouth always open) if you play with him. Causes?

Please have your: baby seen by a pediatric neurologist. IF he has a neurological condition early intervention is extremely helpful, both medical and psychosocial support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can bruxism, clenching and or TMJ disfunction cause facial nerve palsy? No drooping eye or mouth, just left cheek sits slightly lower when smiling?

Can bruxism, clenching and or TMJ disfunction cause facial nerve palsy? No drooping eye or mouth, just left cheek sits slightly lower when smiling?

Possible, but...: A nerve disorder can have multiple causes. It is possible that a structural, vascular or neurological problem can be related, but you will need to see your dentist or someone who treats these type of disorders to get a careful evaluation first to determine the causes of the problems. Then you can address the causes with diagnostic treatments. Good luck. ...Read more

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Having severe pain under left ear and down the jaw. Also have partial facial paralysis, can't raise left eyebrow, can't close left eye independent of right eye, while eating or talking left side of mouth does not open fully nor raise up while smiling. Pre

Having severe pain under left ear and down the jaw. Also have partial facial paralysis, can't raise left eyebrow, can't close left eye independent of right eye, while eating or talking left side of mouth does not open fully nor raise up while smiling. Pre

See MD immediately: What you describe could be an entity called Bell's Palsy. If a rash were to appear in the same area this could be Shingles. Shingles can occur without a rash but Bell's Palsy is more likely. Usually the symptoms of Bell's Palsy fully resolve completely but not always. You should see an MD immediately and start treatment. Use artificial tears to protect your eye. Close eye and patch when you sleep. ...Read more

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I have really unattractive teeth, what cosmetic treatment should I consider?

I have really unattractive teeth, what cosmetic treatment should I consider?

Porcelain Veneers: are considered as the simplest and most esthetically pleasing technique of enhancing your smile and making it more visually appealing. The process of installing porcelain veneers involves a .5-millimeter tooth reduction and porcelain veneer are then bonded onto your teeth for a long-lasting and beautiful smile. ...Read more

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How can we can relax to our teeths?

How can we can relax to our teeths?

Please reask your ?: I believe you are asking how can you relax your jaw so that your teeth are not clenching and causing tenderness, sensitivity and wearing them down which is called bruxing, but I am not certain that is your question. If it is, you are probably doing at night which is called nocturnal bruxism and a large % of the people do this. See your dentist and ask about having a bruxism appliance being made. ...Read more

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How to keep my teeths white using healthy methods (Not damaging my teeths) ?

How to keep my teeths white using healthy methods (Not damaging my teeths) ?

Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss properly after each meal for approximately two minutes. Have your own dentist or dental hygienist make sure you are doing both properly. Don't skip meals or days. ...Read more

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How is eating neat honey for teeths health?

How is eating neat honey for teeths health?

No problem : With the proper oral hygiene, honey should be fine for you and your teeth (but not for an infant). It has high sugar content, so be sure to brush and floss, and of course, see your dentist regularly anyway. ...Read more

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How to treat teeths that have cavities?

How to treat teeths that have cavities?

See a dentist: Teeth with cavities are at risk for deeper infections and inflammation/infection of the gums, and would need to be treated by a dentist. ...Read more

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Can i fix teeth?

Can i fix teeth?

Yes: A dentist is a skilled professional that fix teeth. Crowns, porcelain veneers, and array of restorative materials can be used to fix teeth. ...Read more

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My teeth are loose?

My teeth are loose?

See dentist ASAP: Teeth should not be loose. If they are, you may have disease of the supporting bone/gum complex, or a systemic problem such as diabetes. Don't let tis go...Have an examination asap. This is not a problem that self-resolves. ...Read more

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How do teeth harden?

Tooth calcification: If you mean how teeth harden as a they develop inside of the jaw the answer is calcification of the tooth bud. This is a one time & permanent process. As the teeth grow into the mouth, their surface can pick up Fluoride or calcium form saliva and harden to some degree. Of course, the most important thing is to take steps to prevent "decalcification" of the tooth or "decay" by proper oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Why do I teeth clench?

Stress: Often teeth clenching is caused by stress. Consider stress reducing methods or activities. Consult with your dentist for a night guard to help with clenching. ...Read more

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What is shaving teeth?

What is shaving teeth?

Also called IPR: Inter proximal reduction, stripping, or shaving, refers to thinning a tooth by removing enamel from between teeth. As this changes tooth shape it can affect how teeth fit each other and also affect gum health. ...Read more

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Why do my teeth stain?

Why do my teeth stain?

Because....: Certain colored foods stain teeth more than others . It is their nature. The more acidic and more colored the food/ drink, the more it stains. Red wine is the worst. ...Read more

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What makes teeth loose?

What makes teeth loose?

Periodontal disease: Teeth are rooted in the gums, so any gum disease, most common is inflammation known as periodontosis, will weaken the gums and will contribute to teeth loosening. It is very important that you not only brush but also floss your teeth at least once daily. Also, to prevent inflammation caused by acid producing bacteria in the mouth - use xylitol containing products (gum) after meals. ...Read more

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