Is There a Direct Composite Veneers Technique for Brown Teeth?
I found this site looking for information on how to fix my teeth, and I think what I’m looking for is information on a direct composite veneers technique my dentist can use to help me. I see a lot here on how dentists can do things in the office and the results look really great, but my dentist says maybe no for me. My teeth have this very brown color and we tried bleach but it didn’t work. I don’t want to ruin my nice teeth. It’s only the color I want to change, but my dentist says all I can do now is crowns. I would like information on if something like I see here will work for me and I’ll show it to my dentist so he can do it.
It sounds like you’re referring to tetracycline stains. Tetracycline is an antibiotic that used to be prescribed across the board to children, and then they found out years later, as the children grew, that it resulted in dark stains on teeth. As you noted, these types of stains don’t usually go away with any kind of whitening treatments. Sometimes dentists can get results with a special type of internal bleaching, but that doesn’t always work.
The problem is, most materials don’t do a good job of covering up those types of stains either. A dentist could do something like chairside veneers or porcelain veneers and when he finished, you’d still see the darkness through whatever he put on top of the tooth. That’s why a lot of general dentists go with porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns for this. The metal blocks out the stain and gives a uniform look.
Of course, that’s general dentists, and they’re not always known for performing truly beautiful cosmetic dentistry. If you have a cosmetic problem, you want to see a cosmetic specialist. Yes, there is a direct composite veneers technique that works on stains like yours. It involves using something most dentists call an opaquer, or a resin material that goes on over the stain and blocks it out. This is done before the dentist starts adding layers to match the shade of the other teeth and to create a natural translucent outer layer, like you’d see with untreated teeth.
The bottom line, though, is that your dentist probably already knows this process exists and can’t produce good results with it because he’s not a cosmetic dentist. Instead of pushing him to do a procedure he doesn’t feel confident about, you’d do better to find someone who already does this kind of work on a regular basis and has a good track record with it. Search for cosmetic dentists in your area and schedule a consultation to see what he or she says.