I have tetracycline stains that I have always wanted to be covered. I asked my dentist about porcelain veneers and he said I can’t get them because I have an overbite which makes my upper teeth cover my bottom teeth. Instead, he wants to do six porcelain crowns on the upper teeth. Because my lower teeth can’t really be seen, what do I do with those, whiten them?
Please don’t let this dentist do your smile makeover. He’s making quite a few errors and he hasn’t even started. Him telling you that porcelain veneers don’t work for an overbite isn’t true. Instead, it is likely just an excuse because he doesn’t know how to do porcelain veneers. In fact, veneers make more sense in a case where there is an overbite involved because dental crowns must surround the whole tooth. This will cause it to hit up against your lower teeth. Instead, porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that only cover the front and hug the sides a smidge. This is a much better fit for someone with an overbite.
A second concern I have is that dentists who recommend dental crowns for a smile makeover when it isn’t necessary are generally not experienced cosmetic dentists. They think they have done dental crowns for treatments before with decayed teeth. How hard could it be just to add a few more? Actually…quite hard. In your case, this is especially true. You are dealing with tetracycline stains which are among the most difficult and advanced cosmetic procedures there are to do well.
He’s also recommending just six dental crowns. Most smiles are at least 8 – 10 teeth wide. What does he intend to do to make those adjacent, visible teeth do to match? Teeth whitening, which could be an acceptable option on many cases, will not work in yours because of how deep and dark the stains are with tetracycline. This will make the six teeth that are crowned, look obviously fake and silly, like children playing dress-up in their parent’s shoes. They obviously don’t fit, but at least they’re trying.
Teeth whitening could help with your bottom arch. This arch won’t be so obvious when the color doesn’t match exactly. However, I’d recommend a strong whitening system such as KoR whitening. Plus, you will have to be persistent and stick with it much longer than the average patient.
Your Smile Makeover Requires an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
Especially because of the difficulty with your type of smile, you need a top of the line cosmetic dentist. My suggestion would be to find an AACD accredited dentist. This is different from being a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. To reach accreditation, the dentist has to pass stringent exams as well as provide visual evidence on a large number of specific cases they’ve done that are assessed by a panel of judges on their technical quality along with their artistry.
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