Years ago, I injured a tooth in an accident. It has slowly turned dark over the years. I asked my dentist about crowning it and he felt the canal would be calcified so that wouldn’t be a good idea. Next I asked about Lumineers and he said that I wouldn’t like the result. Should I just pull the tooth and get a fake one? I can’t think of anything else to do.
Please don’t pull your tooth. I promise there is a better solution. You were close to the solution when you suggested Lumineers. These are just one brand of porcelain veneers. However, this particular brand has some drawbacks. The biggest being that the company insists dentists use the DenMat lab. This lab isn’t known for its beautiful work. Most expert cosmetic dentists prefer to use a different brand of porcelain veneers so they can choose their own lab.
You may be wondering why your dentist didn’t just suggest a different brand of porcelain veneers instead of merely saying you wouldn’t like the result. My guess is he isn’t comfortable doing porcelain veneers so he wanted to gently dissuade you from pursuing that avenue. I do not recommend you try to convince him to do this procedure. You won’t like the results you end up with. Instead, I suggest you find an expert cosmetic dentist and have them do it. You can still go to your dentist for your general dental work.
Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. If dentists are interested in truly doing cosmetic dentistry then they have to invest in post-doctoral training. The best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. This is actually the type of dentist I’d recommend for you.
If you are otherwise happy with your smile, then you can just get that single porcelain veneer on your dark tooth. I strongly recommend you have your teeth whitened before you get your veneer done unless you are totally happy with the color. Once the veneer is made, the color is permanent. Even if you whiten your teeth later, the veneer will remain the same color.
On the other hand, if there are other things you want to change about your smile, you could get a total smile makeover. The veneers can change anything you want about your smile including the shape, size, and color of your teeth.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.