I have a couple of teeth which have fillings on the front of them. I’ve never been happy with their appearance and wanted to have a smile makeover with porcelain veneers. My dentist said that the veneers won’t work because of my dental fillings. He suggested crowns instead. Is this standard operating procedure for someone in my position or is there another option? The teeth are otherwise healthy.
I’m very glad you wrote. No, dental crowns are not standard operating procedure. My guess is your dentist isn’t comfortable doing porcelain veneers so he made up some lame excuse about the fillings. The truth is the bonding agent works very well on teeth with fillings. Why would you want to place dental crowns, which will require your dentist to grind down your healthy teeth? For argument’s sake, let us say you couldn’t get veneers and crowns were your only option. I still wouldn’t let this dentist do them.
If he hasn’t gotten trained in porcelain veneers, he hasn’t had significant training in cosmetic work period. Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. A dentist has to invest the time post-doctorally to learn how to do beautiful, natural-looking smile makeovers. Doing dental crowns, especially on front teeth, still requires that training. I truly feel you’d be disappointed by the results.
Here’s what I’m going to recommend. See if you can find an AACD accredited dentist in your area. Not only have these dentists done extensive cosmetic dentistry training, but they’ve taken stringent exams to prove their knowledge, as well as provided visual evidence on a large number of cases they personally did in order to demonstrate their artistry. These cases were scrutinized by experts for both their beauty and technical accuracy. Any AACD accredited dentist will give you a stunning smile with porcelain veneers.
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