When people visit a dentist who is not accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, the results are a mixed bag. Unlike Dr. King, who is one of 13 fellows worldwide, these general dentists and even cosmetic dentists, often lack the extra training and skill necessary to create beautiful smiles with porcelain veneers. One of the most common complaints after leaving the dental office is that the shade of the porcelain veneers looks different or darker. The truth is, they almost never change color, but sometimes they look like they have. If you’re experiencing chameleon teeth, it’s probably caused by one of these three things.
1. Your Natural Teeth Changed Colors
Tooth whitening will make a smile pop, but it’s important to allow time between the end of a whitening treatment and the start of restorative treatment to allow the color to stabilize. When enough time doesn’t pass between, or a patient continues to whiten after restorations are placed, the natural teeth look brighter than the restorations.
2. The Dentist Used a Hemostatic Agent
Sometimes medications are used to stop gums from bleeding during treatment. While the medication is helpful, it can cause dark spots to show through under porcelain veneers if it’s not completely cleaned off.
3. The Color of the Natural Tooth is Showing Through
Most people want a brilliant and white smile, and they work with their doctor to select a vibrant shade. Although it’s possible to camouflage a darker tooth below or lighten it before treatment, many dentists and ceramists lack the skill to do so, or they fail to give an accurate representation of tooth color before the porcelain veneers are placed. In any case, the finished cosmetic work looks duller or darker than the patient expected it to.
There’s only one way to correct the color of porcelain veneers, and that’s to have them redone. While dentists should strive to improve their work when a patient is unhappy with the results, many of them simply aren’t capable of producing the beautiful smiles people expect no matter how many times they attempt to redo it. It’s best to start with a dentist who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but you can still get a smile you’re proud to show, even if you visit one after seeing another dentist. The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry works with accredited ceramicists who custom create the shade and shape of the veneers. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. King and learn how she can design the smile you’ve always dreamed of.