I have a silver filling on a front tooth that has always been embarassing. I decided the best thing to do would be to cover it with procelain veneers. Yes, I know that’s expensive, but I’ve decided I want to be happy with my teeth. I was so disappointed when I went to my dentist and he told me because I have sliver fillings there is no way to get veneers. Can you help me come up with an alternative?
Missy R. – Oregon
It’s likely your dentist just meant that silver fillings would be visible under the porcelain veneers. You have a few options. But, I was curious about something. If the only thing bothering you is the silver filling, why not just replace it? You could replace them with white/composite fillings. There is are a couple of additional benefits.
The first benefit is the money you’ll save. Switching fillings is a lot less expensive than veneers. Second, silver fillings are loaded with mercury. Composite fillings are mercury-free,. This way, you are elimanting the possibility of ingesting a toxin.
I’m not trying to talk you out of veneers, I just don’t want you to have to spend extra money, unnecessarily. They can be a great way to give yourself a gorgeous smile. If the only thing you didn’t like was the filling, then I would just switch fillings. But, if there were other things about your smile that bothered you, then porcelain veneers are a good idea.
You’ll want to switch to a white filling anyway to work with your makeover, so that is the place to start.
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