I’ve got some old crowns which really need to be replaced. My dentist is not the dentist who originally placed them. That dentist retired about ten years ago. This dentist is insisting that I get orthodontics before he replaces my crowns. It’s hard enough to afford the crowns. I don’t think I can afford the braces. What do I do?
Here’s what you do. If you can’t afford braces or even if you can and just don’t want them, you find a dentist who is willing to just do the crowns for you. Obviously, it can be done because your old dentist did them.
What you are up against is a dentist who only wants to do the ideal treatment. That’s unfair to patients. And unnecessary.
You can have crowns done without braces. You can have Invisalign and then crowns. You can even do orthodontics later if that’s what you want. The point is, it should be up to you.
One important thing to know if the crowns are on front teeth then you will need to have all-porcelain crowns on them. Some dentists still try to metal-based crowns on front teeth. The problem is they do not look as natural. In addition, they will develop a gray line at the gumline.
I know money is tight for your right now, so don’t feel pressured into this at all. I just wanted to make you aware that the color your crowns are made will be permanent. If you’ve ever wanted to whiten your teeth the time to do it is before you get your crowns made.
You can whiten your teeth later if you want. The only downside to that is only your natural teeth are impacted by the whitening gel. In order to get your crowns to match they’ll have to be remade. This is why it is more cost effective to whiten first. Though, as I said before it is not imperative. Don’t feel pressured.
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