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Question:
Braces - Veneers - Bonding: I'm about to have braces put on to correct a misaligned bite.

When they come off, I'd like to have porcelain veneers put on to cover a severe tetracycline staining. I currently have some very old and worn bonding on my top teeth.

My question is this: Is it possible to have veneers put on the top teeth and bonding on the bottom and get the colors to approximately match? I ask this because, after the cost of the braces, I doubt I'll be able to afford veneers for both top and bottom teeth. ... Florida

Answer:
Depending upon the shade of the veneers it may be possible to bond the lower teeth and have them look reasonably close to the veneers.

Fortunately, when people look at you they don't see your bottom teeth and top teeth at the same time. Usually when you smile people see your top teeth.

When you speak they will usually see your bottom teeth.

So as a temporary measure, bonding the bottom would be fine. I say temporarily, because in the long run you are going to want to have the bottom teeth done as well so that you have porcelain functioning against porcelain.

Porcelain is harder than enamel and over a period of time the lower teeth will wear more against the porcelain.

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