I have these exposed places at the top of my teeth that are very sensitive. Other than that, my teeth were attractive. They showed me their plan and I knew immediately the color would need to be whiter. I pointed that out and they agreed. Then, they put in the new “whiter” color. It still doesn’t match my teeth. Plus, it looks opaque and is rougher looking than my natural tooth structure. I feel like what was an attractive smile has been made less attractive in order to prevent the sensitivity I was feeling. Is there a fix for this?
When done well, dental bonding should blend seamlessly with the remainder of the tooth. I’m especially sorry for what you are going through because what your dentist is trying to do is even easier than when you have to repair a chip. If I understand your description correctly, you are dealing with what is known as an abfraction lesion (pictured left).
We used to think these were caused by brushing too hard. We now think it has more to do with clenching and grinding of your teeth. This flexes the tooth right at your gumline, adding stress. That repeated movement wears away the gumline. One thing you will want to do after this is repaired is to have a night guard made. This is a custom fit mouthpiece, similar to a sports mouthguard that you will wear while you are sleeping. Nighttime is when most grinding and clenching takes place. Usually, until their teeth are worn down, the patient has no idea it is taking place. Over time, this can lead to TMJ Disorder as well as wearing your teeth down to numbs.
Repairing Your Dental Bonding
Pictured directly above, you will see a case of dental bonding done well. You can’t tell where the bonding ends and the natural tooth structure begins. Your teeth can look this way too. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to have it done over again.
Being blunt, I think this is beyond the scope of your dentist’s abilities. You will need to have a dentist with more cosmetic training step in and repair this. Ask your current dentist for a refund. Then, look for an AACD accredited dentist in your area. They can give you the results you are looking for.
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