I'm 37 years old and for many years my upper front teeth have been growing inwards rather than straight down. They seem to be pushed in that direction by an adjacent tooth on the right which slightly overlaps.
Obviously, this means that when I close my mouth fully, there is some pressure on the 4 lower front teeth. A few years ago, one of them - the second to the right - chipped at the top. There was no pain, and a dentist did a quick rebuild on them, but it only lasted a few days and it chipped again. This happened twice, so I left it.
Last week, I was in Russia with my wife (she is Russian), and she took me to her old dentist, who did a more thorough job rebuilding the chipped tooth. However, since then, I have been more aware than ever of the pressure on my 4 lower front teeth when I close my mouth - especially the left-most of them. I really feel this tooth being pushed back, and it feels vulnerable. I wonder if they may somehow have got twisted slightly during the surgery. Now, I am very conscious about eating, and even worried about sleeping in case I nash my teeth together during the night and split the lower tooth off (I might not be so lucky with the pain this time...).
It has made me want to get the problem sorted once and for all, to avoid 40 years of worsening teeth and horrible treatment!! I think my teeth are generally quite strong, but not well aligned. There are also 2 upper teeth missing - one on each side - 3rd from the back, so there are spaces there.
Could someone please advise what the options are for someone of my age, so that I have an idea what I am talking about when I go to a dentist? What procedures would be involved and how long would it take to correct all of this? Am I too old for a brace to resolve this problem? Is there anything that could help the immediate risk to the lower teeth??