I need to have a crown replaced. They have been on my two front teeth for over 15 years now. I think they are embarrassing because they are so discolored. My dentist said I needed to get braces before replacing the crowns. Honestly, I can’t afford full orthodontics right now. I guess I don’t understand why he’s telling me this and why I can’t have the crowns done first. I don’t think crookedness is really that big of an issue for me. Can you tell me what you think?
– Sam from Indiana
It isn’t the best sign when a dentist makes restrictions like you have explained. It sounds like he will only treat you if you do the “perfect” treatment or he won’t do anything at all. There are many dentists out there that are a lot more respectful of finances. The truth is that although a treatment is less than ideal, it may be better than nothing.
Crowns can be replaced without doing any kind of orthodontic treatment. Maybe when you have more money you could do braces then. A good cosmetic dentist should be able to make your front teeth look great with crowns.
For your front teeth, porcelain crowns are the way to go so they don’t look fake. It is also important that the dentist is a true cosmetic dentist because this work is very artistic in nature. I would not recommend pressuring your dentist into this type of treatments if he doesn’t feel comfortable. A good indicator would be to ask what type of crown they will use. If they recommend porcelain-fused-to-metal than you may want to keep looking. All-porcelain crowns are much more aesthetically-pleasing.
Best of luck.
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