Can’t Afford Braces
I’ve had two porcelain crowns on my front teeth for quite some time. It was time for them to be replaced. But, when I went to see my new dentist (the old one retired) he told me I couldn’t replace the crowns until I straightened my teeth. My first dentist never mentioned that and I just can’t afford braces. Is there a way to do this without orthodontics? I can either replace the crowns (which are desperately needed) or get the braces. I can’t do both.
Your new dentist is being remarkably unfair to you. Yes, maybe the ideal is to have your teeth straightened before getting your crowns re-done, but not everyone can afford the ideal.
Obviously, you can have crowns done without the braces or your old dentist wouldn’t have been able to place them to begin with. Your new dentist should be able to do them without the orthodontics as well. If he’s unwilling or unable, then I’d simply go to another dentist who can work without the ideal for the benefit of his patients.
Because you’re talking about your front teeth I want to make sure you’re aware that you only want a dentist to place all-porcelain crowns on those very visible teeth. The metal-based options have to be more opaque looking to cover the base. Additionally, they eventually develop an unsightly gray line at your gumline. While fine for back teeth, you want a beautiful smile. You’d think most dentists would understand this and automatically place all-porcelain crowns on front teeth. Sadly, that is not the case. If you’re educated going in it will protect you from a dentist who doesn’t consider aesthetics.
Finding Affordable Braces Options Later
Obviously, getting the braces later will mean having to re-do the crowns, but by then you may be in a different financial situation. I’d also look for a dentist who has affordable options in braces. Some do this by having lower fees. Others by having low-interest or even no-interest payment options.
Given you’re an adult, you may want to look into the Invisalign treatment. It will allow you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing because they’re invisible even at a conversational distance.
Again, many dentists will allow you to pay this out.
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