I planned on getting porcelain veneers. He is suggesting for it to go well, I will also need to get teeth whitening and Invisalign. Is that normal? The only thing I can think of that might need braces is one tooth that overlaps the front just a little. It isn’t anything major. I was under the impression that porcelain veneers could make that look straight. For that matter, they’re supposed to take care of the color of the teeth too. Am I mistaken about this? Is it necessary to do all of them?
I am glad you wrote. So some of your dentist’s advice makes sense. The teeth whitening for instance. While porcelain veneers will change the color of your teeth, they will only change the color of the teeth they are bonded to. For instance, unless you are also placing veneers on your bottom arch as well, you will want to whiten them so that they can match the upper arch. Another reason for the teeth whitening could be on the top arch. Most smiles are eight to ten teeth wide. If you don’t cover each of the visible teeth when you smile you’ll want to whiten those as well so they blend with the made over parts of your smile.
The Invisalign is another matter altogether. You are also correct that porcelain veneers can make your teeth look straight. If I understand your description, this would be easily done with porcelain veneers by a skilled cosmetic dentist. Because your dentist is saying you need orthodontics to straighten them, it tells me that he doesn’t feel qualified to manipulate the porcelain veneers the way you actually need. I would take that as a warning sign.
Believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, neither are smile makeovers. If you want a smile makeover done well, you need a dentist who invested in post-doctoral training in the art of smile makeovers. If you’re going to invest in a smile makeover, you will want the best cosmetic dentist possible so that you end up with a smile you are proud of and not a cosmetic dentistry horror story.
I will say one thing. Smile makeovers are for big changes, not just color and straightening. Usually, you’ll want to change the size and character of the teeth too. If you are only wanting to straighten that one front tooth as well as whiten them, you would be better off just doing Invisalign. The aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. This will allow you to straighten and whiten your teeth simultaneously at a fraction of the cost of porcelain veneers, plus any dentist can do those. If it is a true smile makeover that you want, then you will want a qualified cosmetic dentist. I would look for someone who is an AACD accredited dentist.
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