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Can I Get One Porcelain Veneer?

Is it possible to get just one porcelain veneer? My teeth are basically straight except for the left front tooth. It is noticeably crooked and slightly overlaps the one behind it. There is also too much space between it and my right front tooth. Would I need to wear braces just to get one tooth in the right place, or could I get one porcelain veneer to do it all? Thanks. Jillian

Jillian– Although Dr. Lim would need to examine your teeth to determine treatment, porcelain veneers are a faster route than braces for accomplishing your goal.

Can You Get Only One Porcelain Veneer?

A single porcelain veneer held by a dental tool
Porcelain veneer

Whether you can get only one porcelain veneer depends on several factors. Although only one tooth is misshaped and out of place, the correction might require the placement of more than one porcelain veneer. Your cosmetic dentist will determine how many veneers you need based on these factors:

  • Tooth shape
  • Tooth position
  • Adjacent teeth

When you do not want braces, porcelain veneers can correct a single crooked tooth or several crooked teeth. If your tooth protrudes or sticks out farther than the right tooth, a dentist must lightly shave it first so that the porcelain veneer does not look out of place.

The work you need on your teeth is cosmetic dentistry. The dentist you choose must be an artistic cosmetic dentist. Otherwise, your porcelain veneer can look bulky, be poorly positioned, or not match the color and translucence of your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers require the preparation of your natural teeth, which removes a small amount of tooth enamel. After a dentist prepares your natural teeth for veneers, they are not reversible but must have a cosmetic restoration to protect them.

Visit one or two skilled cosmetic dentists for a consultation and discuss your options.

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Does Teeth Whitening Gel Corrode Dental Implants?

I have 4 dental implants that I got in 2017. At the time, my main concern was to replace my missing teeth because 3 of the 4 could be seen when I smiled. Now my implant crowns are discolored, and I want them whitened. I stopped smoking to get dental implants, paid thousands of dollars for them, and now they are darkening. Why would this happen? I know bleaching gel is safe for my natural teeth, but will it corrode my dental implants? Is there some way to protect the crowns when I whiten my teeth? Thank you. Nathan from Atlantic City, NJ

Nathan,

Thank you for contacting us. Dr. Lim would need to examine your crowns to determine why they are darkening, but we will answer your question about teeth bleaching gel and dental crowns.

Does Teeth Whitening Gel Corrode Dental Implants?

Dental implant crown, abutment, and root form
Teeth bleaching gel will not whiten dental implant crowns

Teeth whitening gel does not corrode dental implants. The bleaching gel will not affect the implants, nor will it whiten your implant crowns. The main ingredient in the bleaching gel is carbamide peroxide, which is safe for your teeth and dental implants. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Your dental implant crowns are ceramic. Ceramic is colorfast, and not even professional bleaching from a dentist can lighten the crowns.
  • If your dental implant crowns are visible when you smile, they will look even darker after you whiten your teeth.
  • If you want your implant crowns to match the color of your natural teeth, after you bleach your teeth, you will need new crowns.
  • The implant root forms, or screws, do not require replacement—just the crowns on them.

Consult with a Skilled Cosmetic Dentist

Dental crowns should not darken within a few years if you take care of them. Perhaps the crowns’ surfaces are faulty or damaged. We recommend scheduling an appointment with a skilled cosmetic dentist to examine your crowns. Also, a cosmetic dentist will discuss your goals for whitening your teeth and getting implant crowns to match.

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma, cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.

 

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Why Are My New Dental Crowns Changing Color?

I asked my dentist for six BL1 shade crowns to replace the old ones on my upper front teeth, but she decided to ignore my request. My dentist thinks the shade is too bright. When she put the temporary crowns on in February, I was shocked. Thinking back, I should have asked her to return the crowns for the requested shade. I could have switched dentists if she were not willing to do that. Unfortunately, I accepted the crowns, and now they are yellowing.

Additionally, my dentist recommended a new implant crown to match the BL1 shade, and I agreed because I got it in 2015, but it is not BL1 shade, nor does it match the other new crowns. I don’t know how this happened. I’ve talked to my dentist twice about the yellowing, and she talks so fast that I cannot repeat her explanation, which doesn’t make sense anyway. Should I start with another dentist or try to reason with my current dentist? – Thank you. Zaniyah from IL

 

Zaniyah,

Thank you for contacting our office. Dr. Lim would need to examine your crowns to determine why they are yellowing, but we can offer some insight.

A single dental crown, for information on new crowns changing color
Dental ceramic is colorfast and should not yellow

Cosmetic dentists help their patients understand tooth shade and how brightness will affect your smile and blend or clash with your skin tone, but your preference comes first. The shade BL1 is extraordinarily white, and a caring dentist would ensure you understand that before crafting your crowns. Unless you bleached your natural teeth to that shade, placing BL1 crowns would make them look fake. Still, no dentist should switch crown color after agreeing to have a lab make crowns using your color choice.

Why Would Porcelain Crowns Turn Yellow?

Factors that can cause porcelain crowns to turn yellow include:

  • The crowns are made of another material – You may have received crowns that are not porcelain because porcelain does not stain or turn yellow.
  • The glaze on your crowns is damaged – Glaze on a crown is a low-fusing glass liquid/paste that makes the crown smooth and shiny. Damaged glaze can cause discoloration in your resorations. If someone on a dental team lacks training in handling porcelain restorations, they can mistakenly use acidulated fluoride or power polishing equipment on your crowns. The chemical and polishing equipment can damage the glaze and attract stains to your crowns.

We recommend scheduling an appointment for a second opinion from an expert cosmetic dentist. The dentist will examine your crowns to determine why they are yellowing. Also, an experienced cosmetic dentist can achieve a BL1 shade with your natural teeth, crowns, and implant crown for the brightness you want to see in your smile.

 

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma cosmetic dentist, sponsors this post.

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