My daughter has two lateral incisor peg teeth that we are ready to repair. Our dentist wants to do four porcelain veneers on her teeth to have them match. It was quite pricier than we expected, so he suggested he could do dental bonding for 1/5 of the price. This sounds like a great solution but I heard they don’t last as long. Should we do the cheaper one and just plan on re-doing it more often?
I have some concerns here. First, the fact that he has to do four teeth instead of the two peg teeth tells me he is not comfortable with his skill level. He does not feel like he can match the lateral incisors to the front teeth so he wants to do all four which will make it easier for him. However, that doubles your cost and is totally unnecessary. A second thing that worries me is the cost he quoted you.
In reality dental bonding is best used for small repairs such as the one above for a chipped tooth. If a dentist tries to do it over the entire surface area of the tooth it would actually be more work than doing veneers. This is because composite bonding has to be done free hand. It would actually cost close to the same amount or possibly even more than the porcelain veneers.
My suggestion is that you want to get her teeth done you do it right. I would go to an expert cosmetic dentist and let him or her do just two porcelain veneers. Look for someone who are accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The accreditation process requires true technical expertise and artistry to pass. They are in the top 3% of dentists.
You didn’t mention how old your daughter is. If she is young, her teeth probably are not very stained. However, if she’s an adult, she will have developed some surface stains on her teeth which is a natural result of living. If that is the case, I would suggest you get her teeth whitened before you have the veneers done on her teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be made to any color, but once they are made the color is permanent. If she decides to whiten her teeth a few years later, her natural teeth will whiten but not her veneers. It is more financially responsible to whiten ahead of time. If you don’t the veneers will have to be replaced.
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