I need advice on how to help my sweet grandaughter. She’s not confrontational but paid over $1,000 to have teeth whitening and dental bonding done to improve the look of her smile. Her lateral incisors ended up gray, which is much darker than her natural teeth and even more so after the teeth whitening was done. She asked the dentist about it and he told her the lateral incisors are supposed to be darker. I just don’t buy that. She’s too nice to argue with her dentist but I know she is embarrassed by this and doesn’t smile as much. After paying that much money, she should be happy to smile. What can she do?
Your gut feeling is right. The lateral incisors should NOT be darker than her central incisors, as you can see from this case done by Dr. Weiss above. In fact, in many cases, they are actually slightly lighter. The dentist who did your grandaughter’s dental bonding either doesn’t know that, which means he doesn’t understand his own craft, or he isn’t honest and is making stuff up to shut her up. Neither of those options are good.
You have two choices in helping your granddaughter. The first is to ask the dentist to re-do the teeth which are too dark. Truthfully, I’m not sure you will get any better results the second time around. A true cosmetic dentist would not be satisfied with a case if their patient wasn’t thrilled. They certainly wouldn’t make up some excuse as to why his bad results are “good”.
Your second option is probably the best. That is where you ask him to cover the expense of having this done right with a different cosmetic dentist. She paid for a beautiful smile and didn’t get it. Additionally, he wasn’t honest. You can feel free to show him this post if it will help with her case.
Where to go to Get Her Dental Bonding Done Correctly
You need an expert cosmetic dentist to re-do her case. Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school and cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. If a dentist wants to excel at it, they have to invest in post-doctoral training themselves. Most just dabble. She needs an artist, especially with dental bonding which is done freehand.
I suggest, if at all possible to take your granddaughter to see a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists are the top in the country. They not only have to pass stringent exams to show they understand the technical process of their craft, but they also have to provide visual evidence of their artistry.
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