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Can Porcelain Veneers Correct My Overbite?

I have a very noticeable overbite. I don’t want braces; I will seriously consider them if veneers can correct my teeth. Is this possible, and how many veneers will I need? Bethany from Allentown, PA

 

Bethany –

Thank you for your question.

Can Porcelain Veneers Correct Overbite?

A single porcelain veneer held by a dental tool
Porcelain veneer

Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth in mild cases of overbite. Only a skilled cosmetic dentist can treat overbite with veneers. After an examination and x-rays, a cosmetic dentist will explain the results you can expect with veneers versus orthodontics. Your teeth require minimal preparation before a dentist places veneers to prevent them from looking bulky.

A cosmetic dentist must use special techniques and quality porcelain veneers on eight to ten of your upper or lower teeth. We can’t emphasize the importance of having your teeth examined by an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine if veneers suit your case and, if so, how best to treat your overbite. Look for an accredited cosmetic dentist in your area.

Why Would You Need Orthodontics?

Depending on your oral health, jawbone structure, and tooth position, orthodontics may be the healthiest way to restore your smile. A dentist trained in occlusion and bite and cosmetic dentistry will work to establish a healthy mouth and aesthetic smile. Porcelain veneers may improve your smile, but your teeth may not be healthy without aligning your bite.

Without orthodontics, these overbite symptoms may persist:

  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Jaw stiffness, locking, or popping
  • Persistent earaches
  • Headaches

Request a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to discuss your goals and expectations. After an exam and digital x-rays, the dentist will explain how you can get healthy, beautiful, long-lasting improvement for your smile.

 

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma, cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.

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I’m Tired of a Hard Denture in the Roof of My Mouth

I have worn dentures for seven years, and I am ready to remove the palate from my denture. I hate the hard palate of the denture against the roof of my mouth. It feels like a mouth full of plastic. My dentist reminds me that it is better to have dentures than no teeth at all. I just feel that if I must wear dentures, maybe there is a way to make them more comfortable. My dentist is not helpful, which leads to the question, why is he still my dentist? Long story. But I would like to know if dentures exist with a soft palate. Thank you. Paul M. from Chicago

Paul,

The palate of a complete denture is firm to ensure it fits well and remains stable when you chew. When “soft” refers to a denture, it means relining (reshaping) the denture with soft materials.

Facts about a soft denture reline:

  • As the shape of your ridge shrinks or changes shape due to missing teeth, a reline helps your denture fit more snugly
  • It resurfaces the upper portion of the denture that touches the root of your mouth and gums
  • It prevents the denture from rubbing on your gums and making them sore

A palateless denture

Diagram of implant denture - All on 4
Implant denture

Dental implants support a palateless denture. Implant dentures can relieve the discomfort of a hard denture palate. A hybrid denture does not have a palate that covers the roof of your mouth. Instead, dental implants support the arch of denture teeth.

  • Placing dental implants for a denture – An implant dentist or oral surgeon can place two to six implants in your jawbone to support your denture, but more implants will increase stability.
  • Improving denture comfort – Although implant dentures cost more than complete removable dentures, they restore your chewing efficiency and feel more like your own teeth.
  • Preserving jawbone – Also, dental implants stimulate your jawbone and help prevent facial collapse.

You can schedule an appointment with an implant dentist to discuss your options.

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma dentist, sponsors this post.

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Teeth Whitening Didn’t Budge Dark Stains

My dentist bleached brown blotchy fluoride spots on my teeth, but the stains did not improve. My teeth look whiter, but the stains are the same, and even my dentist admits it. Now, she recommends bonding or veneers and said that they should improve the stains. I am not confident that my dentist knows whether either method will work. Should I select bonding or veneers? – Thank you, Amberlynn from Detroit

Amberlynn.

Thank you for contacting Dr. Lim’s office.

You have valid concerns about your dentist’s understanding of how to bleach your teeth. Teeth bleaching will not improve blotchy stains.

Which Treatments Work for Dark Stains on Teeth?

Depending on the cause and extent of your teeth stains, dental bonding or porcelain veneers will improve them. Still, a dentist must first examine your teeth to verify the cause of the stains and the condition of your teeth. Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you begin treatment. Otherwise, your dentist will recommend treatment to improve your oral health before you get cosmetic dentistry.

Dental bonding

Dental bonding is a conservative, natural-looking way to hide blotchy stains and restore your teeth. Skilled cosmetic dentists stock composite resins and carefully stack and layer them to conceal imperfections in your teeth. Well-maintained bonding can last five years or longer.

A cosmetic dentist will apply bonding by hand while you sit comfortably in a dental chair using these steps:

  • Roughen the surfaces of your teeth
  • Apply bonding to match your tooth shade and translucence
  • Shape the composite bonding
  • Harden the bonding with a curing light
  • Further shape and polish the bonding

Composite bonding requires advanced training and artistry, so select your cosmetic dentist carefully.

Porcelain veneers

A single porcelain veneer held by a dental tool
Porcelain veneer

Porcelain outlasts dental bonding. Well-made veneers can last 20 years or longer. A cosmetic dentist understands how to maintain porcelain’s natural translucence while hiding dark spots on your teeth. After an examination and x-ray to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, cosmetic dentists take these steps with veneers:

  • Remove a conservative amount of tooth enamel from each affected tooth
  • Take impressions of your teeth
  • Allow you to try on temporary veneers
  • Send the impressions, instructions, and pictures of your smile to a lab to make custom porcelain veneers
  • Try the veneers on your teeth and bond them when you agree that you love the results

Request a Consultation

Schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to examine the stains on your teeth and explain your treatment options. Look for a dentist with post-graduate training and experience in cosmetic dentistry.

 

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.

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