My dentist wants to replace my discolored fillings near the top of my six front teeth with Lumineers. I’ve had “white” fillings for three years, but they never matched my tooth color. The fillings look beige and are already darkening and seem to look worse after brushing my teeth. Teeth bleaching doesn’t help.
Lumineers seem aggressive to me, so I am looking online for options. I found some websites about holistic dentists who do conservative treatments and will try to keep my tooth structure. It is not clear to me what they use for fillings, though. Would another type of filling work for my teeth? What do holistic dentists use? – Many thanks. Viviana M. from GA
Your fillings do not match your tooth color because the dentist who placed them did not understand how to blend composite to match your teeth. If you carefully select an advanced cosmetic dentist who uses composite fillings, they can achieve a perfect match.
What Do Holistic Dentists Use for Fillings?
Holistic dentists use mercury-free composite fillings. Dental composite is a blend of plastic resin and silica (glass or quartz). Still, for dentists to replace your fillings and perfectly match your natural teeth, they need post-graduate cosmetic dentistry training.
Matching White Fillings with Your Teeth
Dental bonding materials are available for every tooth shade. A skilled dentist can blend bonding to give you tooth-colored fillings that match natural teeth in these aspects:
Dental Bonding vs. Lumineers
You do not need Lumineers or another brand of veneers to replace tooth fillings. Unless your teeth have deteriorated and the decay covers more than one-third of each tooth, a dentist will not recommend porcelain veneers. Your description of your teeth is that the composite filling does not match them. Veneers are too invasive as an alternative for fillings that do not match.
We suggest looking for a cosmetic dentist who only uses composite fillings. Their training and experience will help them match your teeth with conservative treatment.
Sugar Land, Texas cosmetic dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post.