I have tetracycline stains on my teeth and really wanted to get a smile makeover. I also have an overbite where my top teeth cover my bottom. My dentist said because of that I can not get porcelain veneers. Instead, he’s suggesting I get four dental crowns. I have a couple of questions about this. Why are crowns better than veneers for my bite and will they need to whiten my bottom teeth because they’ll show some?
I’ll give your dentist points for creativity, but not for accuracy. If you think about it, porcelain veneers would make more sense than dental crowns. The veneers only cover the front of the tooth which won’t interfere with your bottom teeth. The crowns cover the entire tooth. Plus, they’d required you to grind your teeth down to nubs. That’s not what you want for healthy teeth.
I’m going to seriously recommend you find a different dentist to do your porcelain veneers. Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. Dentists interested in cosmetic work have to invest time and money post-doctorally to learn those skills. As with any artform, some are better than others in creating beauty.
Tetracycline stains are especially tricky and require a dentist who knows how to use opaquers to cover the stains but still make them look beautifully translucent.
You’re correct that you’ll want to whiten the teeth as well. Again, tetracycline stains make this a bit tricky. The Kör deep bleaching system seems to be working the best on tetracycline stained teeth.
Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
The key to you getting a beautiful smile will be choosing the right dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry realized the situation patients were in separating the sheep from the goats when it comes to finding a great cosmetic dentist.
Because of that they started their accreditation program. If a dentist wants to become accredited, they have to pass stringent oral and written exams as well as demonstrate their artistry by providing visual evidence of a large number of cases they’ve done.
Any AACD accredited dentist can give you a gorgeous smile.
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