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Smile Unattractive Teeth
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 (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
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
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
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
Can any doc tell me what's it called when you top teeth are directly over the bottom teeth when smiling?
Edge 2 edge: That would be called an edge to edge bite. ...Read more
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
Yes: Yup. It will get better over several days. ...Read more
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
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
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
Does botox address smile lines? I have deep grooves on either side of my mouth from smiling. Will botox help address this problem?
Botox : Botox is great for smile lines around the eyes (crows feet) but not so much around the mouth. Fillers usually work better there. ...Read more
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
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
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
Whats it mean if ur jaw doesn't click on opening the mouth but clicks on smiling widley or blowing ur cheeck up with air, air goes into ear and crackl?
Eustachian tubes: You are openig the Eustachian tube when forcing air while blowing. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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