I have tetracycline stained teeth. I was thinking about getting either crowns or veneers to make my teeth less embarrassing. I was thinking veneers might be better because my dentist gave me a crown and the color seems flat. I understand veneers have variation in color even in individual veneers so that might look more natural. My dentist says either one is about the same. What are your thoughts?
Ellie B. – New Jersey
I’m very glad you wrote. There are some things you’ve said that make me think you could end up with a disaster. First, tetracycline stains are very difficult to treat. Automatically, you’re at a disadvantage. They require an expert cosmetic dentist to get them to look right. Some cosmetic dentists are tempted just to make them more opaque to hide the stains, but that doesn’t look very natural. You don’t want that. A balance has to be struck.
Second, you mentioned the dental crown your dentist had already done. You said it didn’t have any color variation. That isn’t a distinction of crowns. It’s more an indictment of your dentist’s artistic abilities.
Third, dental crowns and veneers are NOT the same treatment. Crowns require you grind down your teeth to place them. Porcelain veneers only require minimal tooth preparation.
I’d shift your thinking from which procedure to finding the right dentist. I know there are AACD accredited dentists in New Jersey. Some who reached accreditation status will be able to give you a beautiful smile.
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