I have tetracycline stains on my teeth and really want a pretty smile. I spoke to one dentist who has a good reputation in cosmetic dentistry, name Dr. —–[name withheld]. He wants to charge me $42, 000 for upper and lower full mouth veneers. Another dentist is suggesting porcelain crowns and is only $28,000. I really only have $30,000 to budget for this, so I should probably go with the crowns. However, I wanted to double check with someone not invested in getting my business as to crowns versus veneers for tetracycline stains. Is one better than the other for this? Plus, you should know I have a tooth grinding problem, which may impact your answer.
The first dentist you mentioned, who is suggesting porcelain veneers is one of the top cosmetic dentists in the country. If you decide to go with him, he will provide you with a stunning smile. You didn’t give the name of the second dentist, but I am cautious about recommending him either way because he is suggesting dental crowns.
Tetracycline stains are some of the trickiest to deal with when it comes to a smile makeover. You have to get the teeth opaque enough to cover the stains, while still creating a natural looking translucency to the teeth. To compensate for the difficulty, some dentists will suggest dental crowns instead of porcelain veneers thinking the added thickness will make it easier for them. It doesn’t. I find porcelain veneers to be the superior treatment. As for your bruxism (teeth grinding), if you get a nightguard to wear while you sleep it will protect you from the grinding damage. So that will not be an issue.
If your budget is the main reason for going to the cheaper dentist, I am going to suggest a different approach. I know the quality you will get with the first dentist. Why don’t you have him just do your upper arch and use a strong teeth whitening, such as Kor Whitening to do on your lower teeth. It will take a bit to get the lower teeth to match, but if you are persistent they will. Then, you are only paying $21,000, which is below budget and will have a stunning smile.
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