I suffered for many years from bulimia and am glad to say that I am finally recovered. This has taken a toll on my teeth. They have been worn down to the point where there is very little to no enamel left on my top teeth. I am very sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids. Chewing and biting on foods is difficult. I was wondering if you thought a Snap-On Smile would work for me? I am uninsured and I know I can’t afford expensive porcelain veneers. Please let me know what you would recommend. I need help.
– Brianna from Connecticut
It sounds like your teeth have been troubling you for awhile from your bulimia. Not only is the appearance of your teeth an issue, it sounds like from a functional standpoint they are also in pretty bad shape.
A Snap-On Smile is a temporary smile makeover. At most it would help them look better. This appliance will not do anything to help make them stronger or help with the sensitivity you are experiencing. The Snap-On Smile costs around $1000 or more and if you are looking for a solution to make your teeth look nicer, this could be an option for you. Although, my guess is that you want more than just the appearance issues taken care of.
It sounds like budget is a concern for you which means it may be difficult to find a good cosmetic dentist that will work with your financial situation. Maybe you could find someone that would phase the treatment out over time for you. There are dentists out there that do excellent cosmetic work and that may sympathize with your situation.
Porcelain veneers may not be right for you either. This is because bulimia affects the back side of your front teeth from all of the acid and veneers only cover the front of your teeth. Therefore, bonded all-porcelain crowns may be more ideal for your specific situation. I would still proceed carefully in your selection of the right dentist.
In other bulimia patients the upper teeth tend to be the most affected, while the lower teeth may not be as in bad of shape. Without seeing your case it is difficult to make recommendations, but I would venture to say that eight to ten crowns would be in order to improve your dental health.
Congratulations to you on overcoming bulimia. That is quite an accomplishment. Best of luck.
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