I have fillings on all my front teeth across my smile, from canine to canine. I’ve had tooth decay since childhood and have had the fillings for as long as I can remember. I’m interested in porcelain veneers but wonder if I qualify for them since I have dental fillings on my front teeth. I would like something to hide the discoloration in my teeth, and I prefer something that lasts longer than dental bonding. Will Lumineers work? I’ve heard they are fast and a little cheaper than high-end veneers. Thanks. Lenore
We understand your concerns about discoloration in your teeth and desiring a solution that lasts longer than dental bonding.
Can a Dentist Cover Tooth Fillings with Porcelain Veneers?
A dentist can cover your tooth fillings with porcelain veneers. The bonding material for porcelain veneers and the composite for tooth fillings are compatible. Your veneers will not loosen or fall off due to the fillings.
However, if you want stable, natural-looking results with porcelain veneers, find a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training. Cosmetic dentists understand how to prepare your teeth conservatively for porcelain veneers and bond them for strength. Over-preparing your teeth can expose the dentin beneath your tooth enamel. Veneers do not adhere well to dentin, so that over-preparation can loosen them.
What Is Porcelain Veneer Preparation?
Porcelain veneer preparation removes a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the fronts of your teeth. Minimal preparation can help veneers fit well where the veneers meet your gum line. Preparation helps veneers look natural, not bulky.
Lumineers for Tooth Discoloration
Most advanced cosmetic dentists prefer other brands over Lumineers for better aesthetics. Lumineers often make teeth look opaque. However, after examining your teeth, a skilled cosmetic dentist will explain your options.
Look for a Highly Trained Cosmetic Dentist
We recommend scheduling consultations with at least two dentists with post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry. You can get natural-looking results.
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