One of the cases I recently worked on was featured in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry (JCD)!
Of course, the title for the case report, on page 122 of the JCD, sounds doctor-like -- Correcting Anterior Crowding: Using Orthodontic Therapy and Conservative Esthetic Treatment.
That's a mouthful, especially if you're not a dental geek.
The title could have said something like:
Are you an adult with overcrowded front teeth and want to get rid of it without braces? Here's how...
Or even better:
How adults can get rid of crooked teeth without braces...
That's really the point of the case report.
The patient in this report had crowded front teeth, but it wasn't severe. Even so, it was something that bothered him most of his life and affected his self-esteem.
On page 131 under Figure 16a it says, "Pretreatment; the patient's reluctant attempt to smile."
Getting his smile corrected, without traditional braces, was a fantastic option for him.
In case you want to pick up a copy, it was published in The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry vol. 30 issue 1, Spring 2014. Here's a link:
The featured dentist is Dr. Emil Hawary, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, DICOI.
He wrote the case report, designed the treatment plan, and is the dentist who worked on the patient.
Most of the pretty pictures of the patient's teeth are my handiwork.
If you can't tell which are the fake teeth and which are the real ones, I did my job well. :-)
The only problem with the report is my name was misspelled in the Acknowledgement section. Arrrgh. :-(
If you're a dentist who works on cosmetic/aesthetic cases the JCD says by reading the report you'll be able to:
If you're not a dentist:
I'll skip the science and medicine described in the report.
Just know that cosmetic dentistry has many techniques to get patients the look they want or need.
If you have overcrowded front teeth, you may be able to straighten them and get a more attractive smile without traditional braces.
Every situation is unique so you'll need to speak to your dentist for specific recommendations. And don't be afraid to get a second opinion for any treatment you're considering.