I have bad breath. Not the kind that marketers exploit, the “real” kind! I brush three times a day and I don’t drink coffee, but I do drink diet pop. Two dentists have told me there is nothing wrong with my teeth or gums. They say my tonsils look fine (I’m 38). What can be causing this terrible breath?
A. Gum disease is a major source of halitosis. With two opinions that say everything is dentally sound, you need to look at other causes. A dry mouth (xerostomia) which occurs by decreased saliva flow is sometimes to blame. There can be problems with your digestive system or your stomach. I suggest that you see your medical doctor.
I am 66 years old and my teeth are still here! I always thought I would end up on dentures because both my parents did. I think since I am going to keep my teeth awhile I would like them to look better. Is it silly for someone my age to have cosmetic dentistry? I don’t want to look inappropriate for my age.
Over the years, I have noticed my teeth have slight gaps between them. What can I do to correct this?
A. Most spaces can be closed successfully by the placement of porcelain veneers or porcelain jackets. The porcelain will give a beautiful natural look and will not discolor. For more involved corrections, the Invisalign® invisible braces system may be the ideal solution.
Are there other options beside braces for straightening teeth in adults?
A. At our cosmetic dentistry office, non-orthodontic tooth alignment can be achieved by the placement of porcelain jackets or porcelain veneers. The teeth do not actually move, but the porcelain creates the illusion that they have. While veneers are helpful and fast for minor crookedness, Invisalign® invisible braces are the ideal way to straighten teeth without traditional metal or ceramic braces. Many of our patients comment that nobody even notices their Invisalign® aligners, and they achieve success in about the same amount of time as wearers of traditional braces.