Improving appearance of old teeth for grandson's wedding

I am not as young as I was and my teeth reflect it. An overbite caught up with me a  few years ago. I lost a molar on the right front when it cracked verticslly into the root. I had already had a nearby broken tooth extracted several years earlier. Now I had two gaps on the right side near the front close together.  I consulted a dentist who said it  would take more than an implant or two to restore my smile  - apparently the overbite would erode any temporary repair. He said the only viable option was to realign my teeth and install several implants. This would cost a five figure sum and take several months of treatment. 
As I had recently been diagnosed with early cancer at the time,  radical dental surgery did not seem like a good idea. Fortunately my cancer surgery, earlier this year was successful. Only now of course there is coronavirus to deal with. I lead a quiet life anyway and am past pensionable age, so i decided to live with the overbite and the gaps and to save up the five figure sum to leave to my grandchildren in my will?
The point of all this is my grandson recently got engaged and wants me at the wedding next spring. I want to look my best at the wedding. Is there anything I can have done, on a limited time basis,  to spruce up my teeth so that I can turn up at the wedding appearing to have a complete set of shiny functioning gnashers.


  • gwynlas
    gwynlas Posts: 1,730 Forumite
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    Rather than implants what  about a partial denture?
  • theoretica
    theoretica Posts: 12,344 Forumite
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    You might take it as a flippant suggestion, but don't discount photo editing -  on the day itself everyone will be looking at the couple.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • brook2jack2
    the the only person who can answer this is a dentist who can see you , your x rays and your teeth in detail. What does your regular dentist say? 
  • Owain_Moneysaver
    There are a lot of purely cosmetic (i.e. you probably can't talk or eat with them!) 'magic teeth' for a few pounds.
    A more professional approach might be clip on veneers which are made to suit you, cost from about £200

    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
  • littlerock
    littlerock Posts: 1,774 Forumite
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    edited 7 September 2020 at 12:32AM
    Regular dentist only prepared to discuss major cosmetic dentistry. I imagine clip on dentures are quite uncomfortable. Thing is, how realistic do they look. Friend recommended DIY clip in tooth  anyone tried those? 
  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,075 Forumite
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    You might take it as a flippant suggestion, but don't discount photo editing -  on the day itself everyone will be looking at the couple.
    An idea I often recommend. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • MrsStepford
    If you are an OAP, you're more vulnerable to Covid-19, so even if the wedding goes ahead next year, it might be advisable for you to wear a mask. Maybe you could get someone to make one up for you from fabric to match your outfit. If you don't have that sorted yet, English Heritage has some pretty cloth masks, available online. 
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