Years ago, I had a bunch of crowns placed on my teeth. I wanted them whiter than they gave me. Now that it is time to replace them I thought it would be my chance to get them the color I wanted, but my dentist said that is not possible. I want a BL1. He said because there are posts in some of my crowns that it is not possible to do anything whiter than the B1 or the posts will show through. This is darker than I want. Is there any way I can get away with an M4 or a BL4? I do want white teeth but don’t want them fake looking.
I am not certain this is the best dentist for you. He does not appear to have the skills you need to get the smile you really want. One reason I say this is your dentist is confusing color with transparency. You don’t make a crown more translucent if you make it whiter. If your posts are not showing through on a B1, they won’t show through on a BL1.
However, let us give him the benefit of the doubt… for now. One thing I think you should do is tell HIM what type of smile you want. Tell him the shape, the color, and any other details you want in your dental crowns. In cosmetic work, it is the patient who gets to dictate what they want. Then, when your crowns come in, make sure he only places them using a temporary try in paste. You should get a good look at them in a variety of lights. If you’re not pleased with them, he should send them back to the lab to make the changes you want.
If he is either unwilling to agree to that or unable to make your smile the way you desire, then it is time to switch dentists. If it comes to that, you will be safest with an AACD accredited dentist. These are the best cosmetic dentists in the country.
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