I suffered from bulimia for several years and my teeth are in pretty bad shape. I don’t have any enamel left on my top teeth and very little left on the bottom teeth. They are also very worn down and sensitive. Hot and cold food and drinks are bothersome. Chewing and biting is difficult. Do you know if the Snap-On Smile will work for me? I will be paying for it on my own because I don’t have insurance. I really need to do something to improve my teeth but I cannot afford porcelain veneers. My dentist gave me a quote of close to $20,000. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Bulimia does a lot of damage to teeth. And from what you described with the sensitivity issues and difficulty eating, it sounds like they are indeed quite damaged.
The Snap-On Smile would improve the appearance of your smile, although it wouldn’t help solve your other problems. The cost for this appliance is around $1,000. But I’m guessing you want more than just the appearance improved.
Unfortunately, it sounds like you are in a difficult situation since you will need a truly talented cosmetic dentist that will work with your financial situation.
You don’t necessarily need to have all the work done at the same time. Maybe you can consult with a dentist that will do the work in phases. This may be a more affordable way to improve the condition of your teeth.
By the way, the dentist that recommend porcelain veneers, may not be the right one for you. I say this because with bulimia it is the backside of your teeth that is damaged the most. And since porcelain veneers only cover the front of your teeth, this really wouldn’t be the ideal treatment plan for your case. All-porcelain crowns that are bonded to your teeth will work much better. I wouldn’t necessarily go tell that dentist that you want crowns, seeing that they weren’t recommended in the first place. They may not be the most knowledgeable about how to serve your needs.
As I mentioned before, bulimia seriously affects the upper front teeth more than the others. So, you may be able to get eight to ten crowns that would significantly help you out.
Good luck and congratulations on moving past your bulimia.
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