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my teeth are getting old

banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
how about this one? i have a discolored tooth and tried bleaching it. my dentist told me it wont work. now he is suggesting i get either laminates or luminiers on my 6 front teeth-i also have 'black triangle disease" which means the gums are receding a bit and there s more space betw the teeth. so if i look at pics of myself from now and from the old days--i have some in fotki under pre-cg--my teeth were pretty nice in my 1968 blonde picture. now they are kind of "eh" i guess--not horrible really but not great. i hate the whole idea of cosmetic dentistry--pain, money, hassle, but am thinking of it. have any of you had this work done? it would take care of the discoloration as well as the gaps but i am concerned about not being able to see decay w xrays any more and just the yukiness of it all. what do you all think?
TIA
banjo
Susan suburban NY
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  • KurlyKarenLeeKurlyKarenLee Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I don't have veneers --but I know 4-5 women who do. To me they look fake --just like dentures. Their teeth look very large .....like Osmond teeth! :laughing9: --and too perfect.

    I think you're being too hard on yourself. You look great --at all ages!

    BTW, your dogs are beautiful! Are they long haired German Shepherds?
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    You have a very natural look, Banjo, and it's beautiful on you. I think your teeth suit your look. Teeth do age, I notice it in my own teeth. Big fake white teeth look...well, fake.
  • cara4curlscara4curls Posts: 336Registered Users
    "You have a very natural look, Banjo, and it's beautiful on you. I think your teeth suit your look. Teeth do age, I notice it in my own teeth. Big fake white teeth look...well, fake." - RedCatWaves

    I so-o agree! Banjo, maybe you don't have to do a thing! More important is basic good dental health/hygiene. Of course your dentist is suggesting the treatments he is because he will make more money off of these. With the veneer or laminate, maybe just that one tooth, instead of six? Just a thought here. Also, the quality of the work of the veneer or laminate can make a big difference. My husband had a veneer put over a tooth that was chipping, but it wasn't that great of a one, and broke anyway. Here in SF, he had another one done which is much better and looks very natural.
    Re tooth-whitening in general, used judiciously, it DOES make a big difference in one's overall look. But the trick is to do just the right amount of lightening, and no more, usually just a few shades. Depending on one's coloring, some people have more ivory-colored teeth(I'm in that group)and some have whiter, cooler-toned teeth. So the mad rush to blindingly-white smiles by several means has often resulted in the "chiclets" look, way overdone, IMO. But teeth just brightened up just a few shades do look good and quite natural.
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  • KurlyKarenLeeKurlyKarenLee Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    cara4curls wrote:
    "You have a very natural look, Banjo, and it's beautiful on you. I think your teeth suit your look. Teeth do age, I notice it in my own teeth. Big fake white teeth look...well, fake." - RedCatWaves

    I so-o agree! Banjo, maybe you don't have to do a thing! More important is basic good dental health/hygiene. Of course your dentist is suggesting the treatments he is because he will make more money off of these. With the veneer or laminate, maybe just that one tooth, instead of six? Just a thought here. Also, the quality of the work of the veneer or laminate can make a big difference. My husband had a veneer put over a tooth that was chipping, but it wasn't that great of a one, and broke anyway. Here in SF, he had another one done which is much better and looks very natural.
    Re tooth-whiteninjavascript:emoticon(':albino:')
    albinog in general, used judiciously, it DOES make a big difference in one's overall look. But the trick is to do just the right amount of lightening, and no more, usually just a few shades. Depending on one's coloring, some people have more ivory-colored teeth(I'm in that group)and some have whiter, cooler-toned teeth. So the mad rush to blindingly-white smiles by several means has often resulted in the "chiclets" look, way overdone, IMO. But teeth just brightened up just a few shades do look good and quite natural.

    ITA. Banjo, you're a "natural" beauty. IMHO, it would go against your "natural" grain to get a whole lot of unnatural looking teeth. :albino:
    I think Cara's suggestion of getting only the tooth that really needs it capped to just the right color to blend in with your other teeth is a great idea. Have you asked your dentist if he can do that?
    KurlyKarenLee

    You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving North.
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    thanks you guys!!! well, it is very hard to match one tooth. i am going to look for a really well recommended cosmetic dentist and get a mockup and see what my options are. no, chiclets are not my preferred choice :)
    thanks so much banjo
    Susan suburban NY
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  • KurlyKarenLeeKurlyKarenLee Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    banjocurl wrote:
    thanks you guys!!! well, it is very hard to match one tooth. i am going to look for a really well recommended cosmetic dentist and get a mockup and see what my options are. no, chiclets are not my preferred choice :)
    thanks so much banjo

    I can't wait to see the results! Please remember to post pics!
    KurlyKarenLee

    You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving North.
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    i am getting lumineers on my teeth in the next 2 weeks--found a great cosmetic dentist. he did a minimal shaving of my present teeth, no temporaries and they look better already. very conservative option, 6 front teeth on top thats it. i am really excited--will post pics when done--banjo
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    That's exciting! Good luck!!!
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  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    well i have done it! i now have lumineers on my 6 front teeth. at first they seemed too big but now i am used to them. funny thing is that nobody notices that my teeth are different exc those who know about the process i've been going thru. my midline is still off center and my smile is not perfect but i am so happy to be rid of my black triangles and recession at the roots. it has also decreased my sensitivity which is a bonus. i have before and after pics in my new fotki album. the nice thing is that the dentist did not have to shave my own teeth down to points like they do for crowns as the lumineers are very thin. so i feel like i look a bit younger now and have no regrets.
    Susan suburban NY
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    You look fantastic! I think it's terrific that you took the step to do something just for yourself to increase your confidence. WTG!
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    They look great!! Now I want some! If I didn't already owe my regular dentist $1600 I'd be off to get me some. They look very natural, not like those big perfectly even teeth so many seem to have nowadays.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    They look wonderful! I'm going to have to get them pretty soon too. I've been a teeth-grinder my whole life and I've worn them way down at age 38. :sad8: Was it pretty pain-free since they didn't have to grind your old ones down?

    Enjoy your new smile!
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  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    jeep your hair looks great!! lolo, there was no real pain, he did have to numb me for either impressions or putting in the new veneers as my teeth had to be really dry and i am very sensitive so i kept pulling my lip down. but basically it is not painful (except to the wallet)
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    this is what i have
    Susan suburban NY
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    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Flazycurls" class="Popup
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    banjocurl wrote: »
    i have before and after pics in my new fotki album.

    hey banjocurl,

    I'd love to see your new lumineers...can you post pics here?...I can't view your fotki album. I recently had my dentist bleach my teeth. They've ALWAYS been discolored...for as long as I can remember, even as a child. I'm happy with the results...they're certainly not terrific, but much improved. The lumineer route sounds interesting. Thanks! and I'm so glad you're tickled with the results! :blob7:
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  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    banjocurl wrote: »
    i have before and after pics in my new fotki album.

    hey banjocurl,

    I'd love to see your new lumineers...can you post pics here?...

    well, lets see if this works-how come u cannot see the fotki?
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    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
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    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Flazycurls" class="Popup
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    wow...they look sooooo great...thanx for posting them!! I'm jealous...

    (when I go to view your album, it says access is restricted and I need a password...:dontknow:)
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    the password is banjo and is at the bottom of my signature in all my msgs--now it should be easy to see that album and others too. thanks for the compliments! i am very happy so far. a couple of the veneers fell out at first because i had lip balm on and some got on the teeth when he glued them on-he did not realize that until much later. now hopefully they are on and will stay on. he says that he used to teach the technique of putting on lumineers and he's never had any fall out in 10+ yrs except one other person's veneer. so keeping my fingers crossed and remembering not to adjust my metal fingerpicks with my teeth :)
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
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    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Flazycurls" class="Popup
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    banjocurl wrote: »
    the password is banjo and is at the bottom of my signature in all my msgs--
    duh...brain fart...sorry!
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    They look great! To be honest, I never noticed the spaces in your teeth when we met, but I can see a difference in the photos. They look natural, not big and too perfect, if you know what I mean. Good for you! And you didn't do anything to the bottom teeth, but it looks like you did. I guess it's camouflaged? :)
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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    Banjo,

    You look really happy in the pictures and look good! I also love your necklace!!
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  • flcurlyflcurly Posts: 42Registered Users
    Banjo.. your teeth look great! I always appreciate the minimalist approach as well! It looks as though your dentist was a real artist.

    FYI.. just thought I'd pass this along re: tooth whitening. I've just tried something that I bought on the web (used to be able to get it from Walgreens before the barrage of whitening elixirs came out). It is great for coffee, tea, and smoking stains. I just ordered the refill bottle and use with toothpaste. Here's the link:

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  • alim1216alim1216 Posts: 240Registered Users
    Hi Banjo! Hi Ladies! Looooong time no chat!

    Banjo, your teeth look awesome! And I can't believe just how much your hair has grown since I last visited the forum. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! :)

    I had a similar issue as you had with the teeth. Only, in my case, it was the first molars uppers and lowers on either side of my mouth. The dentist told me that it's fairly common, as we get older, for our gums to recede a bit, and that vigorous brushing greatly contributes to the problem. I happen to be quite a vigorous brusher! :-/ What they did for me was use some bonding to fill in the receded area. It matches my tooth color pretty well, and since it's not right in front, I don't mind the 'big toothed' look. They are molars, after all. But if it were to happen to my front teeth, I would probably consider the same thing you did, hopefully with the same fabulous results.
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  • KeeweeKeewee Posts: 1,376Registered Users
    Banjo they look great.. I had mine done last December, I had 4 on top 2 on the bottom.
  • g-stringrannyg-stringranny Posts: 2,701Registered Users
    It's so nice working for a dentist, becuz dental care, especially cosmetic dentistry is so expensive. Your teeth look great! I'm also whitening my teeth with a product from my dentist, but I have also found that if I brush my teeth with a solution of baking soda & hydrogen peroxide, my teeth get whiter. It's also good for the gums. Plus I use Listerine 2xs per day for 30 seconds each time & floss at least once per day.
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