I have six porcelain fused to metal crowns on my front teeth. In 2016, I asked my dentist to whiten my teeth, and now my crowns look bad. My dentist said I would need to get all new crowns to match my teeth. Why didn’t she tell me that before she whitened my teeth? I didn’t have money for that, so I just dealt with the mismatch.
In February 2018, I visited an AACD cosmetic dentist who told me he wouldn’t replace only six crowns. He said that if I didn’t do all eight crowns, I wouldn’t like the results. I considered getting eight crowns until the office quoted the cost of $825 per crown. I told the dentist that I need time to think about it.
So, I made the mistake of returning to the dentist that originally placed my crowns and mismatched them by whitening my teeth. She placed four new crowns for 2/3 the cost of the crowns that cost $825 each. I hated the crowns and told her that my crowns are too short and still don’t match my teeth. My dentist told me that I look at too many ads and am expecting perfect teeth. Although the teeth look short, after five visits, she corrected my bite.
It’s almost 2021, and I am depressed about my teeth. I feel like I’m throwing money away. But I’m only 53 years old, and I can’t see accepting my smile for the rest of my life. I’m getting anxious about going to a dentist who will keep me in a cycle of no-good crowns. Thanks. Alaina from NJ
An advanced cosmetic dentist, like the accredited cosmetic dentist you visited, will do a beautiful job in creating crowns that look good and function well. We recommend that if you can’t afford a well-trained cosmetic dentist, it’s best to leave your teeth alone, especially if your dentist adjusted your bite correctly.
The first dentist should have told you that bleaching your teeth wouldn’t help your crowns, but it would cause a noticeable color difference. And it doesn’t take an advanced cosmetic dentist to know that. If you can now afford to correct your smile, don’t compromise on quality. Be prepared to invest in a smile that a true cosmetic dentist can create. It will look good, it will last, and your quality of life will improve.
Michael Szarek, DMD, an accredited cosmetic dentist in Lowell, MA, sponsors this post.