I have slightly discolored teeth, due to aging. A few years back, I also fell and chipped my front tooth. My dentist did composite bonding on that and I’ve never been happy with it. It doesn’t match the rest of my teeth and never has. Plus, there is a gap that wasn’t there before. I went to him about the discoloration for all my teeth to see what he’d recommend and he wants to do composite bonding on the top eight teeth. I am a little leary of this given how the gap turned out. Is there another way to handle this?
You bet there are other ways to handle this. My first suggestion would be to simply have professional teeth whitening done. This will take care of the discoloration you are talking about.
The next step would be to replace the badly done dental bonding. The problem you faced with the bonding was not the procedure as much as it is the dentist who did the procedure. He could have matched your teeth perfectly and not had any gaps. The fact that he was not able to accomplish that tells me he is not a skilled cosmetic dentist.
If the only things you want to change about your smile are the color and this bonding, then I would simply find a better cosmetic dentist. Look for an AACD accredited dentist to do your work. These are the best cosmetic dentists in the country.
If, however, there are other things about your smile you are hoping to change, then I would look into getting porcelain veneers. These can give you a complete smile makeover. They’re able to change anything about your smile, including the color, shape, size, and character.
Like the dental bonding, it will require an expert cosmetic dentist, but when well cared for they will last for many years. Whatever you do, don’t go back to the same dentist who could not get your chip repaired properly.
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