Are There Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers for Matching Natural Teeth Color?

What other services, besides porcelain veneers are out there to get teeth back to the natural color?

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Options to achieve esthetic smile

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Currently esthetic dentistry is giving multiple options to achieve esthetic smile and restore natural color of the teeth. Bleaching will be the 1st option in the cases when patient has minor anterior restorations and no severe damage of enamel. When the patient has more advanced case involving wide anterior surfaces  porcelain restorations can be performed (veneers, crowns). In certain situations when the patient has malformed enamel with evident spots and any bleaching procedures won`t be successful, esthetic restorations like all-ceramic crowns can be considered and tremendously improve overall esthetic look.

Natural looking restorations options

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There are a few options to restore your teeth to their natural aesthetics but it all depends on the condition of your existing teeth such as how much tooth structure you have.

Here are the options:

  • Porcelain Veneer (a more conservative options vs. a crown)
  • Porcelain Crown
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown (will not look as great as a full porcelain crown)
  • Bonded Resin Veneer ( but aesthetically does not provide the superior strength or aesthetics of porcelain).
  • Whitening: In-Office or Take Home.  This is the most conservative approach but it may not restore it back to its natural colour.  Also if you already have restorations on these teeth, their colour will not change after whitening.

Dan Haas, DDS
Toronto Dentist

Porcelain Veneer Alternatives to attain Natural Color

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Before making any choices with regards to Veneers, Tooth Bleaching or Bonding the expectations of the patient should be discussed with the Dentist. Sometimes color desires or concerns can be satisfied with a combination of in office and take home Tooth Bleaching or Whitening. There are times that patients are unhappy with the shape, alignment or overall appearance of their teeth. In situations like these patients may gain satisfaction from Dental Bonding if there is enough available Tooth Structure left. In cases where Tooth Structure or Shape has been compromised then different Porcelain applications must be considered like Veneers or Crowns. There is no question that the Ultimate in Esthetics will be gained by using one of these Porcelain applications. The Porcelain Ceramist is able to incorporate Lifelike Tooth characteristics such as translucency and subtle shading elements that are properties of our Natural Teeth!

Howard Perlmutter, DMD
Paramus Dentist

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Restoring the color of your natural teeth

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The treatment of choice to restore the color of your natural teeth is bleaching.  Their are several products that can accomplish this.  In office bleaching is probably the most time efficient, convenient solution.  A take home system is the most cost effective.  After bleaching, if you are still un satisfied with the color of your teeth, a more aggressive solution such as porcelain veneers should be investigated.

Sean Anderson, DDS
San Ramon Dentist

Restoring Teeth to Their Natural Color

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If the color of your teeth is all the concerns you then porcelain veneers as the treatment to accomplish that would be overkill. If tooth shade is your only concern try bleaching your teeth first. The optimal way of bleaching teeth is with a combination of in-office and take-home. In-office bleaching uses a high concentration of bleach under the supervision of a dentist. Take-home is a lower concentration delivered to the teeth with bleaching "trays." This combination will effectively whiten your teeth to a brilliant shade of white. 

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Cosmetic Dentistry Alternatives

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Porcelain veneers are the gold standard when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Lower cost aternatives do not deliver a similar result that will look and last as long.

Here are some

1) Bleaching: Teeth Whitening

2) Bonding: Use of a plastic material to cover your teeth

3) Snap On Smile: Removable applicance i.e. PARTY TEETH

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