I have a discolored front tooth. Previously, it was damaged from a fall. My dentist did a composite repair on it. It was okay, but there was some color disparity and a small gap. I want to cover four teeth. I am not as worried about the color difference because the whole surface will be covered. The problem I’m having is the cost. It’s pretty steep. I just saw a company online that does snap-on veneers. I can get a full set for $700. Would that be a better option for me?
Let’s talk about the composite bonding first. Don’t do it. First, you mentioned your dentist had trouble repairing a chipped tooth. There was a mismatch in color as well as a small gap. I’m not sure if you meant a gap between your two front teeth or a gap between the composite and natural tooth structure. Either way, your dentist has a serious lack of skill. If the gap was between the composite and your natural tooth structure, that can lead to serious decay issues. I would love for you to have a thorough check up before moving forward with this just to ensure there is not any build up of decay in the gap.
If your dentist could not handle a chipped tooth, which should blend completely like the case pictured above, then you certainly do not want him doing large surface areas of your teeth. Plus, composite does not last nearly as long as porcelain veneers. You would have to re-do the work every few years. So, even if you could afford what your dentist is suggesting, say no. If you’re going to get a smile makeover, do it with porcelain veneers. Even then, you will want an expert cosmetic dentist, such as an AACD accredited dentist.
As for the snap-on veneers, the best of these options is made by a company that produces Snap-on Smile. You have to understand its limitations before investing. It is not made of porcelain so will not be as beautiful or natural looking. They are made of acrylic. They are not really designed for smile makeovers and are mostly designed to help people with really bad teeth get through an important event such as a job interview or special evening. They will look okay, not stunning. Because they fit over your teeth, they have the tendency to look a bit bulky too.
If you were going to get Snap-on Smile, I say only do it as a temporary measure while you save up for a true smile makeover with porcelain veneers. Done and cared for well, veneers can last your lifetime.
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