I have finally overcome bulimia after twenty years but my teeth are now severely damaged. They look to be half the normal size and they don’t fit well together. In the front, they are very thin and chipped.
Now, I deal with terrible headaches since part of my jaw protrudes when I bit or chew. I know my dental health has been majorly compromised. Can a cosmetic dentist help me? I would love to smile again without feeling embarrassed or having pain. The functionality of my bite has also suffered. Is there anything that can be done to improve this?
-Maureen in Michigan
Congratulations on overcoming your disease. There are many things a cosmetic can do to help you out. Bulimia causes issues with overall appearance of teeth and a cosmetic dentist is specially trained to treat patients with this condition. When teeth have been damaged, there is bonding technology that can be used to restore the tooth structure and functionality.
The headaches are likely caused by TMJ disorder which is due to the issue with your bite being out of alignment. Most cosmetic dentists are also trained in successfully treating TMJ disorder too. There are things that can be done to return your bite to it’s normal state. Be prepared, you may require crowns to fix the damaged teeth. But the good news is, you can improve your smile to look both natural and beautiful.
So I would recommend finding an expert cosmetic dentist to help get you smiling again.
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