I’m almost 24 years old. I wore braces for two years, and after my orthodontist removed them, my upper front teeth looked horrible. I almost wish I could wear braces again to cover up my teeth. My dentist said the enamel eroded and permanently damaged my teeth. Now my dentist wants to do porcelain veneers. I grind my teeth too, so I think veneers are risky. My orthodontist never mentioned anything about this damage during any of my checkups. I’m pretty upset about this because I spent so much money on braces, and now I need to spend thousands of dollars on veneers. I don’t trust my orthodontist, and I’m not sure that I should trust my dentist. Should I get a second opinion? Thank you. Konnor from NM
Although Dr. Reddy would need to examine your teeth for an accurate diagnosis, porcelain veneers are an aggressive treatment for the problem. Rather than enamel erosion that requires porcelain veneers, you probably have decalcification spots from the braces. And dental bonding will conceal the marks.
And yes, get a second opinion from an experienced cosmetic dentist. Even if you need porcelain veneers, you could avoid having an awful experience by finding a skilled cosmetic dentist. Although dental bonding is likely the solution, it takes an artistic dentist to match the bonding with your teeth and conceal the spots perfectly.
We don’t know why your orthodontist didn’t mention the decalcification spots when they cleaned your teeth four times a year, but they should have. When you wear braces, you must brush around the braces and brackets to remove food debris after every time you eat. Otherwise, bacteria will collect, release acid, and decalcify your teeth. Clear braces, like Invisalign, are removable and make it easier to floss and brush your teeth.
It’s not too late to improve your smile. But don’t let your dentist prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers. Find a cosmetic dentist with advanced training in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry and get a second opinion.
This post is sponsored by Dr. Rekha Reddy, an Invisalign Platinum provider in Dallas, TX.