Overall, I love my smile. The only issue I have is discolored fillings in my top front teeth.
They don’t respond to bleach. And when I brush them, they look worse, because you can see the difference in the color between the fillings and the teeth more clearly.
My dentist has talked to me about Lumineers, and I wonder if this would help or if the color of the fillings would show through. What is the best thing for me to do?
– Ana in New Jersey
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The answer to your question is actually fairly simple. You have discolored fillings because the dentist that did them didn’t know how to make them match your teeth.
There are bonding materials that are used for fillings that have every tooth shade under the sun, and they can mimic your natural teeth in translucency, in gloss, and in texture. So you just need a dentist who knows how to do this. See our dental bonding page to see how beautiful these fillings can be.
Whatever you do, don’t do Lumineers. They will make your teeth longer, and they will be bulky. And if you’re happy with the shapes of your teeth, there is no point to doing Lumineers – that’s overtreatment that you don’t need. The problem is the fillings, so just get the fillings fixed.
Check our list of New Jersey cosmetic dentists. Any one of them that we list would be able to do your fillings so that your teeth will look beautiful. I screen these dentists carefully and am confident of their artistic abilities.
One caveat – if your fillings are so large that they cover maybe 1/3 or more of the surface of your teeth, it may be best to shave down the fillings a little and put porcelain veneers over them. But not Lumineers and not from this dentist. In the opinion of most expert cosmetic dentists, Lumineers don’t give a beautiful result. The fact that your dentist suggested Lumineers rather than some other brand suggests to me that he is one of the 98% of dentists who aren’t very tuned in to aesthetics and who don’t know how to do a beautiful smile makeover.
Find a cosmetic dentist close to you.