This terrific, outgoing young lady in her 40's presented with a crooked smile, several gaps in her smile, worn and discoloured teeth. In addition, the lower teeth were in a "crossed bite" and overlapped the upper teeth. This made the wear even more severe and caused the teeth to move into an abnormal position.
A lovely young lady in her 40's presented with uneven teeth, antibiotic induced "grey" discolouration and gaps between her teeth. She wanted a better, whiter smile and no gaps.
Gum Disease (medical term periodontitis) has been referred to as a silent epidemic. Many people actually suffer from gum disease and many are unaware of this condition. In the USA over half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease and potentially 85% of all Americans suffer from gum disease.
Some interesting facts:
1. Gum disease is contagious – you can get gum disease from kissing or even sharing utensils, thus a parent can pass on gum disease to children simply by sharing utensils.
2. Gum disease is “silent” – you may not even know that you have gum diseases until an advanced stage of the disease
3. Gum disease is chronic – our bodies work around the clock to combat the bacterial infection associated with gum disease and it leaves us vulnerable to other diseases
This lovely lady in her early thirties had a complex case which involved misshapen teeth, crooked teeth and an old porcelain/metal bridge that was a poor match for colour/shape.