I don’t know what to do. I had four porcelain veneers placed on the teeth adjacent to my front teeth on either side. My front teeth look great and didn’t need any work, but the adjacent teeth have always bothered me. Here’s the problems I have with the work. First, the canine teeth are very bulky. I mentioned that so he tried to shave them down, but on the first one he tried shaving ended up with a dark spot. I decided to leave the other one bulky. I thought I could live with this. Here is the big problem. At the office, with the windows open and sun shining through, the porcelain veneers matched my teeth. However, when I got home, in the artificial light, they don’t match at all. The veneers are much darker than my natural teeth. I spoke to my dentist about that and he said I saw and approved them and he doesn’t know how he can change the color. Is there anything I can do about this?
The biggest problem you are facing is your dentist. He is not a true cosmetic dentist. Worse than that, he is apparently learning as he goes. Let’s start with the canine teeth. He makes them too bulky. Then, he tried makes one smaller, but discovers that changes the color so he stops. Now you have one miscolored tooth and one bulky tooth.
His next discovery is that the teeth look different in different lights. In cosmetic dentistry, this is known as color metamerism. He would have known that had he had any real training. Finally, he says he doesn’t know what to do about the color. I’ll tell you what he can do, he can replace them!
However, I am going to recommend that you don’t let him replace them. He is not the best dentist to do any cosmetic work on your teeth. I would ask for a refund and then look for a dentist with post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry. Also, check out their smile gallery to make sure their work is beautiful. If possible, see an AACD accredited dentist. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
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