I don’t like what the cosmetic dentist did. Can it be fixed?
I have put up with my ugly tetracycline-stained teeth far into my adult years. My parents were never able to invest in fixing my smile. Recently, I finally decided the days of hiding my smile were over. So when I finally saved up enough, I talked to my dentist about the best approach to fixing my teeth. He said cosmetic dentistry was something he was beginning to grow in his practice and thought I’d be an excellent candidate. So for starters, he used teeth whitening and dental bonding to cover up some of the spots. He seems to think it looks so much better and I’m happy about that. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to see anymore of the staining. So, I am disappointed. Did I just have my expectations set too high?
-Lynn in Louisiana
It’s unfortunate you are less than thrilled with your results. It sounds like your dentist took a fairly conservative approach to treating your tetracycline-stained teeth. Typically most expert cosmetic dentists will recommend that porcelain veneers be used to cover tetracycline stains. Although your dentist mentioned that he is trying to build cosmetic dentistry in his practice, he may not have been the best fit to tackle such a complex issue as tetracycline staining.
Since your dentist bonded composite on the teeth, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue to move forward with porcelain veneers. It’s just a bummer that it wasn’t done correctly the first time around. It may be wise to seek out another cosmetic dentist that is experienced in treating cases like yours. Your current dentist may be capable of placing porcelain veneers, but based on his initial treatment plan, you may be better served in seeing someone else. Ask to see examples of cases similar to yours and ask about their credentials and training in cosmetic dentistry, specifically in regard to porcelain veneers.
You deserve to have a smile that you love and are proud to show off.
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