Orthodontist Treatment Plans
Posted in the Orthodontics Forum
Since: Mar 12
#1 Mar 21, 2012
I have seen 4 orthodontists so far and am frustrated. I am 58, wore braces in my early 20's to straighten teeth and correct my overbite. I did not wear my retainer after the 24 mos. treatment because my orthodontist only issued full mouth retainers which were disgusting and made me gag or feel like I couldn't breath. When I asked for a different type he said that was the type he used. I developed a space between my two front teeth about 7 years later and had it bonded but it opened again. I had braces put on the 4 front teeth, closed the space, and had the teeth on either side veneered wide enough to not allow front teeth to open again. I have never liked the veneers because they are too wide. Only one of the ortho's I saw said he could correct my overbite with braces and the other 3 said it would be complicated and costly and I should invest in veneers instead. I don't want 6 (or 8 or 10) veneers on my top front teeth if I can have the overbite corrected with braces. I know the two veneers will need to be removed because space is needed to allow movement on top, and I have a bridge on bottom that needs to be removed during treatment and a temporary placed instead. I know at the end of treatment I will have to replace the two top veneers but at least they will be smaller, and I will replace the bridge with an implant. I am fine with all of this and think this would less expensive than a mouthful of veneers but 3 of the ortho's act like I'm crazy. What is wrong with trying your best to keep your own teeth for as long as possible? Veneers won't correct my overbite and I don't want my teeth damaged in the process. What am I missing here?
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