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Snaggly teeth?

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Jillybird Thu 29-Oct-20 11:35:31

Has anyone had a problem with snaggly teeth and got them fixed? I've posted on here because I have healthy teeth so it's not a medical issue, it's more cosmetic.

My teeth are gradually moving out of their pleasant alignment and breaking ranks! They're no longer even and horseshoe shaped - on one side the bottom teeth are migrating inwards, so much so that my tongue is catching on them and making me lisp. (Should that be lithp?) I've also noticed two teeth are now much longer than what were hitherto their matching counterparts. They're also getting minute ragged bits which catch on my food.

I appreciate that any work I have done will need me to pay for it, but I'm afraid of making a mistake - and a painful one at that, so I'm looking for advice from anyone who has had a similar problem and fixed it. I have already looked online for solutions, but unless I can get a personal tried and tested recommendation I'm supremely reluctant to start on a course of action which won't work because of my age - I'm 72.
TIA

vampirequeen Thu 29-Oct-20 12:27:34

I think you should talk to a dentist. Perhaps it's a gum issue.

tanith Thu 29-Oct-20 12:37:16

I’m pretty sure you can have straightening braces fitted in older age something like my GD has to wear at night as she sucked her thumb and her front teeth stuck out. It’s worked really well. Talk to an orthodontist and see what can be done as it might get worse and affect not only eating but the shape of your face. Good luck.

EllanVannin Thu 29-Oct-20 13:07:16

Gums shrink as you get older so be prepared.
--damn thing isn't posting.shock

Parky Thu 29-Oct-20 13:21:59

I have the same problem, beginning to look like Nanny Macphee. Spoke to my dentist and he has refused point blank to touch them. Seems some of my cancer meds taken several years ago mean any major dental work could result in oesteonecrocis of the jaw, horrible disease. Wish they had warned me at the time . Otherwise I would have looked into it, good luck.

CocoPops Thu 29-Oct-20 15:22:49

Yeah another age related problem of getting "long in the tooth" as they say. My dentist advised gum transplant and brace at vast expense!

BlueBelle Thu 29-Oct-20 15:58:10

One of my bottom teeth has definitely ‘moved’ and there is now a gap which wasn’t there before I m just keeping my fingers firmly crossed

MayBee70 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:11:12

I had a tooth filed down years ago. I told my dentist I kept catching my tongue on it and she poo poo’d it. She then caught her glove on it and it ripped and she then agreed to file it. It’s just as bad now and a filling in it keeps coming out. I’m always aware of it as well.

TwinLolly Fri 30-Oct-20 10:10:29

Best see a dentist first to see what he/she can recommend and in need - an orthodontist. At least the dentist can look at gum health, etc., and even recommend an orthodontist for you.

Funnily enough, years ago when I lived in South Africa, our family dentist did everything. There was no such thing as an oral hygienist! And he also did orthodontic work (for my younger sister) and arranged a workable price plan for it. He was brilliant. I miss those good old days.

Phloembundle Fri 30-Oct-20 10:10:49

Ask your dentist about resin tooth bonding. Resin is painted on to the tooth and can even the teeth and whiten them. It isn't like veneers where you are basically destroying a perfectly good tooth, and is much cheaper. If you google it, you will find info.

northerngardener Fri 30-Oct-20 10:20:46

Definitely need to see a dentist and take their advice after xrays. Sounds like a gum issue. My bottom teeth are getting longer....! My front top teeth are now dentures as I knocked them loose at primary school (not enough bone or money for implants!) OP right about osteoporosis /cancer treatments - I have the former and private dentist wouldn't touch me because of risk of osteonecrosis so NHS did it all. Good luck.

Tedd1 Fri 30-Oct-20 10:21:00

I have three teeth that need to be removed in the near future. Have been told by the dentist I will need to have dentures ( hate the idea) or a bridge and implants at the cost of £5000 approx. I dread telling my husband as he’ll probably tell me to go for the cheaper option. I also have an overbite making me not the most attractive person around. Not a happy bunny!

chelseababy Fri 30-Oct-20 10:27:32

I had my teeth straightened a couple of years ago (age 64) with invisalign braces. You wear them for 22 hours a day and I had about 30 sets to move them gradually. Cost about £3000.

Albangirl14 Fri 30-Oct-20 10:41:08

Wish my dentist would let me make an appointment . Emergencys only with ours.

Hypno Fri 30-Oct-20 10:43:08

Glad I'm not the only one! Epilepsy meds have affected teeth and gums and I have a 'fang' growing..... solutions all uncomfortable and impractical.......

polnan Fri 30-Oct-20 10:56:32

(Should that be lithp?)

well you made me smile!

I dread the thought of being a toothless old hag! (amongst other dreads)

Greciangirl Fri 30-Oct-20 10:58:33

Just getting to see a dentist at the moment would be good.

It’s a bit like an obstacle course.

Aepgirl Fri 30-Oct-20 11:16:29

Jillybird, I think you must have receding gums, and I don’t think there is any cure for it.

I also wonder if you have lost a great deal of weight recently, as this can affect your mouth.

Just to ‘rub it in’ my dentist is working as usual. I have had a checkup and a hygienist appointment.

Theoddbird Fri 30-Oct-20 11:36:53

The most important thing as you get older is to look after your gums. Have check ups every six months and see hygeinist every six months. With careful cleaning every day I have healthy gums now. I didn't a few years ago and lost a tooth. I pay £12.50 a month on a dental plan that pays for my check ups and hygienist care.

Destin Fri 30-Oct-20 11:48:17

About 15 years ago I made enquiries with a dentist about getting my crooked teeth straightened. I finished up getting veneers instead - 8 in total, 4 uppers and four lowers. Can’t say it was painful but the dental work meant a couple of long days in the dentists chair filing my teeth down and fitting temporary veneers. And then another long couple of days several weeks later having the temporary ones removed and the permanent ones fitted. But I’ve never regretted it - especially I’m now in my late 70’s . This pic was taken just last week.

MaggieMay69 Fri 30-Oct-20 11:52:52

Oh teeth, how I have lhated, loved and hated mine lol. When I was born I had Chicken Pox, it made all my teeth very weak and pretty much hollow, like glass my lovely dentist once said...so, as I was older, I took so much care to keep them white. One front one turned inwards, so later in life I had baces which corrected them and in my 30s I had the most lovely teeth. Until I bit into a frozen twix (my fault lol) broke one of my back teeth, and to replce it would have cost me around £3000.
Sadly I have a horrible gap that I am so aware of, add to that the fact that my front teeth, once so straight now have a massive gap inbetween them (my dentist friend also told me that if you have missing teeth your other teeth 'wander' to try to fill the gaps in!!)
Honestly, for a while, I didn't smile, I hated my mouth, I couldn't afford the treatment, until my grandson asked why I wasn't smiley anymore.
that was when I decided that what happens happens. Yes I miss my nice teeth, but hey, I'm still alive! lol.

Nannee49 Fri 30-Oct-20 12:20:35

Oh so sadly same here! It seems gum disease is responsible and when I've researched what is actually responsible for gum disease an underactive (and possibly undiagnosed) thyroid keeps coming up as a culprit.

It's horrible really isn't it? I very pathetically took a picture of me in my thirties showing my lovely teeth, with me to the judgmental dentist to illustrate I wasn't always such a demmick but I just felt like a mad old bat afterwards!

Like you Jillybird, I'm really reluctant..not to mention impecunious..to spend on what may be a very expensive mistake and, as phloembundle suggests, cosmetic bonding might be a good option. Have any grans had this procedure and can offer advice?

Seajaye Fri 30-Oct-20 12:22:36

Bad teeth can be horribly aging and unhealthy. I have never needed fillings but I had Invisalign treatment to straighten my teeth and reduce my overbite when I was in my late fifties. It was expensive at over £3k, but there are now cheaper rivals on the market, so do shop around , as the invention of 3D printers has made the production of the sets of invisible plastic braces cheaper. Some dentists offer installment plans. You wear each set of clear moulded braces 20 hours a day for a week or so, while the treatment is progressing and ongoing, then wear a similar clear retainer at night only thereafter, as teeth have a habit of moving back to their original positions (which also is why straightening at any age is usually possible, if your mouth is healthy). Dental hygiene is very important as risk of gum disease increases as we get older. I visit hygienist in normal times 4 times a year, as my gums are beginning to recede with age, so keeping gums healthy is essential. I use Oral B electric tooth brush purchased on a deal at Amazon, and for the last 5 years or so I also use a tongue scraper to keep my tongue clean & healthy. The Wisdom ones cost £1.59 from Amazon and so far I have only bought one of these as they last indefinitely. I hate the TePe interdental brushes recommended by my hygienist as they keep bending, but they do remove plaque that is missed by electric toothbrush between the teeth. I have found the new silicone TePes are much better than the wire brush type.

Happysexagenarian Fri 30-Oct-20 12:34:25

I have similar issues with my teeth. I had a partial upper denture fitted 2 years ago which I'm very happy with, it clips to two of my three surviving upper teeth. But my bottom teeth are beginning to 'grow longer' and 'wander' due to gaps from historical extractions, so they all look rather uneven and two are a bit wobbly. My dentist won't do anything with the wobbly teeth until they are about to fall out as she says having any teeth of your own is far better than removing them. When that time comes I'll probably have a bonded bridge to fill the gap. I understand what she means but they're not a pretty sight, though fortunately I don't really show my bottom teeth when I smile. My teeth have been my ongoing nightmare all my life, and I'm definitely getting a bit long in the tooth now, but I'm still trying to hang on to them as long as I can.

Kamiso Fri 30-Oct-20 12:42:45

I’ve been using a water flosser for some years which does a good job of cleaning between the teeth. There’s a new one on the market that looks more streamlined and I am debating with myself whether to make the change. I also keep getting pop up ads for a thing you put in your mouth and it magically cleans your teeth and mouth. If I see it again I’ll take a closer look and put a link on.

My OH disapproves of my gadgetry and uses a toothbrush. He’s had several teeth removed and I’ve had one!