A couple of years ago, I had dental bonding done for a chipped tooth with a dentist from another city. This year, I relocated. A few months into the move, the bonding started to have some discoloration. So, I asked my new dentist to fix it. She said she’d need to bond both teeth for it to look right. I thought that was odd because my last dentist did not have to do that, but decided to give her a chance. I wish I hadn’t. The color doesn’t match my teeth at all, there is now a gap between my teeth that wasn’t there before, and now one tooth is longer than the other! I asked her about the gap and she said that is a common issue with bonding. Then I asked her to file down the long tooth, so it could be the same size as its partner. Finally, when I asked about the color, she said natural teeth aren’t all the same color. Her suggestion is that I wait a week and see if I change my mind about its appearance. Then we are supposed to meet again and determine if there is anything I still want her to change. Should I wait and give her a chance to fix this or just ask for a refund. She is nice, but honestly, my smile is worse than it was before.
I think you need to ask for the refund and then find another dentist to do the work. Here’s the problem you are facing with this dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is not taught in dental school. She may have learned how to repair teeth, but learning to make them look beautiful and natural is a skill set they have to invest in during a post-doctoral course of study.
Dental bonding in particular is one of the most challenging of the procedures because it has to be done free hand. Additionally, they have to understand all the materials, such as colors, textures, and translucencies, and which ones go together in order to sculpt a true replica of the tooth. I don’t think this skillset is going to magically appear in a week. In fact, I would not even wait the week. Call the office, tell them you want the refund and start your search for the dentist who can do this right.
Which Dentist Can Do Dental Bonding Well?
My first suggestion is that you look for a dentist who has reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists are the top cosmetic dentists in the country. They have the technical knowledge, skill, and artistry to create a beautiful result for you. It is sometimes hard to find one, depending on where you live, but it will be worth it even if you have to travel to a nearby city or state.
If that proves impossible for you, your second option is to look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend excellent cosmetic dentists by zip code and the distance you are willing to travel. The site is run by an AACD accredited dentist and he personally screens each dentist he recommends. A dentist cannot just pay to be listed on his site. Many are on their way to accreditation, which is a process that takes years.
One other thing I will mention. You may not even need this, but if you’ve been considering teeth whitening, I suggest you do it before having the bonding placed. The color of the bonding will mot respond to whitening agents, only your natural tooth structure will. If you try to do that after, you’ll end up with two different colored teeth.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.