I whitened my teeth. I was thrilled with my smile. I loved how brilliant white they were. Then I got in an accident and needed a crown (on a front tooth no less). When the crown came back, it was darker than my teeth. I was so disappointed. My dentist told me he gave me B1 which is the lightest shade possible. I have a hard time believing that, especially in this day and age when so many people whiten their teeth. Now I’m too embarrassed to smile. Can’t they go any whiter?
Monica L. – Knoxville, TN
Your instincts are correct. The newer shade guides go much lighter than the old standard ones. I suspect your dentist is just an average family dentist and not one who delves too much into cosmetic work.
Here is an example of what the old guides looked like.
As you can see, none of them get very white. When people started regularly whitening their teeth, the teeth guides changed. Now they have whiter options. Here is an example of the new guides.
Cosmetic dentist will use this, but maybe not just your average family dentist. You can get your crown as white as your bleached teeth. You’ll just have to have the crown re-done, preferably by another dentist. I’d ask for a refund and start over.
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