Post # 1
I hate my smile, I didn’t take good care of my teeth when i was younger with braces, and as a result i ended up with lots of decay and staining. Because of the decay and fillings, i can’t whiten my teeth with toothpastes/trays etc, because i have some white fillings on my front teeth.
I hate pictures now as it is, because of my smile, and now i’m terrified for my wedding day. My dentist suggested capping my teeth, but that’s about 1000k EACH, so even if i wanted to do my top 4 front teeth, that’s $4000 🙁
Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve gons so far as to consider theatrical teeth?!
Post # 3
I was just at the dentist yesterday, and she reccommended using M.I. Paste to help even out my white spots and staining. The pictures they showed me were pretty impressive. I also have a fake front tooth, and she ensured me that the color on that tooth would even out as well? I am not certain how it works, but it was free and worth a shot! Hope This Helps
Post # 4
MI paste remineralizes your teeth because it is basically paste filled with calcium and phosphate, the hard minerals the dissolve when you’re getting a cavity. The reason your dentist thinks it will even out your teeth is probably because the first sign of decalcification (cavity formation) manifests as a chalky white appearance on your tooth. If you remineralize it it is possible it will even out your tooth. It won’t change the way your crown looks though.
For the OP, if you have white fillings already, it is possible for you to whiten your teeth and then have the white fillings redone to match. That would be cheaper than getting caps on all of your teeth. I would suggest going to a dental school as prices can be much more affordable, but you have to put in a large time committment because things tend to move very slowly!
Post # 5
I have issues with staining on my teeth–mine are called tetracycline stains–they’re from taking a lot of certain antibiotics when I was younger. Toothpastes or trays you buy in the store don’t work for me either. Ask your dentist about other options for trays–years ago, I had impressions taken of my teeth and custom fitted trays made wtih a bleaching gel to use in them at night. Not sure how they would affect your filings, but they did make a huge permanent difference on the brown stains I have all over my teeth.
I don’t want to have the caps done on my teeth either–not only are they expensive, but they have to file down the front of your teeth to put them on! Ouch!
Post # 6
I too have staining issues on my teeth and I did just what misslene recommended and went to my dentist and had the impressions made for the bleaching trays. I was able to get all of the bleaching stuff from him as well. Its so much stronger then the over the counter bleaching remedies. It really does make a huge difference. My only problem is that my teeth tend to be a bit sensative and they get super sensative with the stuff from the dentist so I can only do it once or twice a week. still helps a lot though.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
@ariel: You took the words right out of my mouth! Dental students need patients badly. I see you’re in Canada and I can’t think offhand about where your closest dental school is, but they’re definitely prevalent everywhere. At my school, we charge between $60-70 USD for a filling, $375 for a veneer, and I can’t remember what a cap costs, but it’s around the cost of a veneer. So yeah, about half the cost of what you would be paying at a general dentist (though it takes us a lot longer).
If it’s a big priority for you, you could add this into your budget. It’s still a lot of money, though. I hope you figure out a good solution. It always makes me so sad to hear that people don’t like their smile .
Post # 8
Ack, less then three months out, i think i’m going to look into Snap-On-Smile – anyone have any experience with it?
Post # 9
what is MI paste? I’m interested.
Post # 10
OK, an update. I went to the dentist and had the fillings in my upper 6 teeth replaced, and he did some hardcore polishing to get a lot of the staining off, at a cost of about $1500 (God bless 100% dental coverage).
i’m much happier and more inclined to smile now