I have had my teeth whitened – several times, in fact. Now I am in need of a porcelain crown on a front tooth, and my general dentist cannot seem to get the shade right. The crown keeps coming back from the lab darker than my other teeth. My dentist is talking about doing veneers as a way to match the shade of the crown. This will mean that my teeth aren’t as bright as I like them. I have yet to commit to treatment because I really like my bright white smile. Will I have to give it up?
Anne from Michigan
We often discuss the topic of teeth whitening with our La Jolla patients. A lot of people have the misconception that bleaching teeth will remove stains that have accumulated over the years from sources like wine, coffee, and soda. This is true, but there’s more to it than that. When teeth are professionally whitened, the end result is that enamel may be whiter than the natural shade that existed before treatment. This can present a problem for a general dentist. Here’s why.
Many general dental offices still use the original, limited, shading chart to communicate specifications with their dental lab. Most cosmetic dentists will use an extended chart, which has been specifically developed to accommodate patients who have whitened their teeth.
You have done well to avoid making a commitment just yet. It sounds like you may benefit from consulting with an accredited cosmetic dentist in your area to discuss your treatment options.
This blog is sponsored by La Jolla cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.