I have tetracycline-stained teeth. I went to my dentist who is very reputable and has done a great job for me over the years. I was considering porcelain veneers, but my dentist talked me into porcelain crowns saying that they would help cover the stains better. This did not turn out to be the case. The gray is visible with each of the crowned teeth AND the crowns look fake, so it’s obvious I have fake teeth. But, not even pretty fake teeth. He said he can send them back to the lab. I’m so confused. I looked online and there is a woman from a different dentist who has beautiful teeth after getting her tetracycline teeth made over and she used porcelain veneers! What has gone wrong with my teeth? Will doing them again with crowns make a difference? I don’t think I can get porcelain veneers after I have crowns, right?
You are correct that you will always have to have crowns now that you have them. This is because the teeth have been ground down to little nubs. That tooth structure is gone. In a way you have answered your other question already. You said, “…a woman from a different dentist.” The key to any smile makeover is the dentist who does it. One warning sign is when a dentist suggests porcelain crowns over porcelain veneers when the tooth is healthy and does not need a crown. These dentists are either not comfortable doing porcelain veneers to begin with or do not have enough skill in them and think that the added structure of dental crowns will make it easier to cover the stains.
Sending it back to the lab will only help if he can give them good directions. A lab is more like a pharmacy who fills the prescription of the doctor. It is the doctor that has to come up with the right diagnosis and the appropriate medicine for it. I am not convinced he can write the correct directions. However, there is no harm in allowing him to try. If you do that, do it on the condition that he uses a temporary try-in paste and if you don’t love them the second time then you get a refund. You should get to see them in several lights before making a decision.
If you end up needing a refund, you will want to look for an expert cosmetic dentist. The easiest way for you to do this is to look for a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists have proven skill and artistry. They can give you a beautiful smile whether using porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
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