At 33 yrs old are dentures going to ruin my social life/dating?

I am 33 years old. Health issues beyond my control caused me to lose so many of my upper teeth that I now need dentures. I am single and would very much love to have someone in my life permanently. I have always been somewhat shy and now needing dentures I hope that my confidence level will not drop to zero. I am feeling way too young for dentures but there is nothing that I can do about it. How can I smile confidently at women my age when I am wearing fake teeth? – H.C. from Scotch Plains

H.C. Needing to replace your teeth at age 33 is a challenge. We understand your concerns. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you to smile confidently.

When you are missing your teeth, dentures are just one option. But let’s discuss that first. If you receive your dentures from an expert cosmetic dentist, he or she will personalize your dentures so that they look completely natural and express your personality. You will not receive generic dentures that are given to just about anyone.

Additionally, your dentures can be secured with dental implants. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, and the dentures will be secured to them.  Implant dentures will look and feel more natural. They will also make it easier for you to eat with dentures, and help you avoid embarrassment from dentures that slip or fall out.

An alternative to dentures is dental implants. Each tooth is individually replaced with an implant that mimics the structure of a natural tooth. A crown is placed on the implant, and the crown replicates the part of a tooth that shows when you smile.

We recommend that you find a few skilled cosmetic dentists in your area. Have a consultation with each of them to discuss your options. You will be surprised at how good you can look with restorations for your teeth—whether it’s dentures or dental implants.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

How do I find top 10 dentists for teeth shaping?

Almost each of my teeth look like they belong in a different mouth. The shapes are so random it’s crazy. One tooth is pointy but the next tooth is square. Others are round on the edges and there are some that even look more oval. They are poorly shaped. My dentist told me that he can shape them for me. I asked him if it’s something that he normally does and he said that he never did before! Now why would I let him practice on me? Actually shaping my teeth sounds like a good idea but how do I find say the top 10 dentists that can do it right? Bella I.

Bella – You have made a wise decision to find an experienced cosmetic dentist to shape your teeth. And that’s the key—find a cosmetic dentist, not a general dentist to do the work. Although you won’t necessarily find a list of top ten dentists for tooth contouring in your area, you can visits websites of cosmetic dentists to find out whether they are accredited or not, and how much experience they have. After you have narrowed your choices you can call dental offices to ask questions specifically about tooth contouring.

An examination by a cosmetic dentist will also tell you if you are a candidate for contouring or whether a different treatment will work best for your case. You can start by having a consultation with two or three cosmetic dentist before you decide whom you would like to enhance your smile.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.