The Doctors: Effects of Bulimia and Dental Veneers

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The Doctors: Effects of Bulimia

On The Doctors, 26-year-old Shay detailed her battle with bulimia. Shay is not alone; eating disorders affect between five and ten million Americans, and overcoming an eating disorder is no easy feat. Dental Veneers helped repair some of the damage caused by her condition.

Luckily, Shay was able to get healthy, and after a long struggle with bulimia she has now been recovered for four years. However, her teeth serve as a reminder of this difficult time in her past. She has suffered from a lot of cavities and decay, and does not want to keep hiding her smile. “I want my teeth to reflect who I am now, which is a healthy, happy person,” Shay said.

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How Bulimia Affects Teeth & Dental Health

Shay met with cosmetic dentist Dr Bill Dorfman, who assured Shay that her smile should remind her of her bright future, not her past. Dr Dorfman explained that people who suffer from bulimia damage their teeth through excessive vomiting, which exposes the teeth to acid that eats away at the enamel. Shay’s teeth have no protective coating, and that is why they continue to get worse and worse. Additionally, Shay’s face has lost vertical dimension due to her teeth.

The Doctors: Effects of Bulimia and Dental Veneers

After beating bulimia, Shay was given new dental veneers on The Doctors.

Dr Dorfman decided to give Shay Da Vinci veneers to help her return to a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Dental Veneers: Da Vinci Veneers Review

Shay was in need of a lot of work in order to get her smile looking the way it used to, including caps on her back molars, and porcelain veneers on her front six teeth. First, Dr Dorman added resin to prepare Shay’s teeth and then, with a laser, he removed a bit of her gum so that the veneers stuck. When all was said and done, Shay’s Da Vinci veneers looked beautiful; no need to hide a smile anymore!

The Doctors: Eating Disorder Warning Signs

So many women, as well as men, are affected by eating disorders, which can truly ravage the entire body– not just teeth. Dr Masterson explained that eating disorders can lead to kidney failure, electrolyte imbalances, fertility problems, hair loss, heart abnormalities, plus much more. In severe cases, an eating disorder can lead to death.

How do you know if you or someone you love needs help? Some warning signs to look out for include a preoccupation with body image or weight, overeating to the point of physical discomfort (a telltale sign of bulimia), or the abuse of laxatives and diuretics. Eating disorders can be very serious, so don’t take these warnings lightly.

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