I don’t know why, but my porcelain veneers have so much shine on them, they look fake. My dentist disagrees and thinks they are beautiful. He says it is because of the whiteness I wanted that they are so shiny. I did ask for very white porcelain veneers. But, I don’t understand the brightness. I have seen other white veneers and, while they shine, they still look natural. Mine look like shiny pieces of chicklet gum.
It simultaneously amuses and annoys me when a dentist puts the problem off on the patient, like it was their fault he didn’t produce a nice result. While I wish I had an image of your smile to be certain, I do have a sneaking suspicion of what is going on here.
It takes an expert cosmetic dentist to get porcelain veneers to look natural. Unfortunately, cosmetic dentistry isn’t recognized specialty so any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. Even more unfortunate, smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. This means if a dentist wants to know how to create beautiful, natural looking smiles, they have to invest in post-doctoral training.
I want you to look at the picture below. Notice how the teeth have texture to them. If that texture isn’t added, the porcelain veneers will look flat, giving it an overly shiny appearance.
The texture in the teeth needs to be varied as well. Plus, younger smiles have more texture because as we age, parts of that texture wears down. Believe it or not, one of the teeth in the image above is actually a dental crown. This is the kind of work a true cosmetic dentist does.
One thing I want to know is if your dentist bonded them on before or after you told him you didn’t like them. True cosmetic dentists will put your porcelain veneers in with a temporary try-in paste. They’ll have you look at them in various lights and make sure you absolutely love them. If you don’t, they’d go back to the lab.
If your dentist bonded them on and then you said you didn’t like them, you may not have much recourse. However, you could appeal to his ethics. You paid for a beautiful smile and should get one. If you got to try them on and told him you didn’t like them and he bonded them on anyway, then he didn’t have consent and you have the right to a refund. Ask for one.
Then, I would go to an AACD accredited dentist to get your smile makeover done. These dentists have proved their knowledge, skill, and artistry. In order to become accredited, a dentist has to pass stringent exams and turn in visual evidence on a large number of cases they’ve done.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.