My teeth are really in bad shape. I only smile around my family and close friends. I am 33 yrs old and this is really affecting my socially. I saw a cosmetic dentist last June and she told me that I have fluorosis AND tetracycline stains in my teeth. They can’t be bleached white. The only thing that will help is porcelain veneers. I finally found a solution so I called my dental insurance and spoke with a rep who said my dental insurance won’t cover it. I appealed to the senior rep and the supervisor but the insurance company won’t budge. I don’t expect them to pay for everything but they are contributing nothing toward veneers and my teeth look horrible. So it is up to me to find thousands of dollars to get my smile fixed. Do you know of any insurance companies that will provide benefits for veneers? – Niveah
Niveah – Dr. Hurley would have to examine your teeth to let you know your options. But if your teeth are stained from both tetracycline and fluorosis it is likely that you do need porcelain veneers.
Covering both types of stains with veneers will require significant skill and experiences from a highly trained cosmetic dentist. Many dentists make the attempt to cover the stains, but the stains still show through the veneers. Others make the veneers too thick, or the veneers look opaque and pasty—not like natural teeth that have translucence.
Dental insurance companies provide benefits for preventive care and restorative treatment, but not for cosmetic treatment, such as porcelain veneers. We strongly suggest that you schedule consultations with two or three accredited cosmetic dentists to discuss your options. Find out how each dentist uses veneers to conceal your stains and produce natural-looking results.
Choose dentists who offer financing or payment plans. Speak with the billing assistant at each office to help learn about financial arrangements that will make porcelain veneers affordable for you. Don’t give up. You will be able to get your smile transformed.
This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.