I’m a little confused. I heard that porcelain veneers could straighten teeth for you. I have one tooth in the front that barely crosses over the other. I wanted to get porcelain veneers to fix that and make my teeth look whiter and a bit longer because I grind them. My dentist said he wants me to get Invisalign first and then the porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. I’m confused. Don’t porcelain veneers handle all of that?
I’m glad you wrote. Let’s start with the teeth whitening. Getting teeth whitening done is fairly standard procedure, but often you can have it done just on the bottom arch of your teeth. You probably don’t want to spend the money to have porcelain veneers placed on the bottom teeth, but you will want them to blend in with the upper teeth. As to whether or not you will need to whiten the top arch as well, that will depend on how many veneers you plan on getting. Most smiles are around eight to ten teeth wide. If you don’t plan on getting enough veneers to cover all the visible teeth when you smile, then I would whiten.
The Invisalign, however, is a completely different story. Based on what you described, this should not be necessary at all. An experienced cosmetic dentist can make those two teeth look completely straight and perfectly in line with one another. That being said, I would not push this dentist into doing it. He or she is obviously uncomfortable with his ability to do so. You would be better served having another dentist do the veneers so they can be done right. It is never a good idea to push a dentist out of their comfort zone. The results are rarely what you would hope for.
I want to address one other thing. You mentioned grinding your teeth. Make sure you get a night guard to wear while you are sleeping. Porcelain veneers are very strong, but they will be damaged by the grinding, as will your bottom teeth. In fact, those can be ground down to little nubs which will require you to have dental crowns placed on each of them. A night guard will protect them from the grinding.
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