I wanted to fix the appearance of my two front teeth. At first, my dentist covered them with dental bonding. This ended up looking terrible. When I told her how awful they looked, she agreed to switch to porcelain veneers. My question is should they have a hump at the top by the gumline? The rest of them look okay. They certainly look better than the bonding, but this hump makes them uncomfortable. Maybe it is just because I know it is there, but I swear I can feel it all the time. This is my first time having porcelain veneers, but some of the pictures I have seen seem smoother at the top. Should I ask her to re-do them? I am starting to feel like a difficult patient.
I am very glad you wrote, if only to tell you that you are not a difficult patient. You paid for a beautiful result and you should get one. In fact, I think you’ve been overly patient. Let’s start with the dental bonding. Why did you have to tell her they were terrible? She should have realized that. A true cosmetic dentist would not be satisfied with anything but a gorgeous result for a thrilled patient.
Then, she’s tried her hand at porcelain veneers and struggled to do those right as well. This hump is not correct and can actually lead to both decay and gum disease. So, yes, these porcelain veneers need to be redone. By the way, you shouldn’t settle for veneers that are just okay. You should find them stunning.
Here’s the problem you are facing. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. That means any general dentist can “try their hand” at it. Unfortunately, it takes a significant amount of post-doctoral training to have the technical skill and artistry necessary to produce a beautiful and correct result. I sincerely doubt that your dentist has this training.
The best thing for you to do for the health of your teeth and gums, as well as get a truly attractive smile, is to not ask this dentist to do something beyond her ability. Instead, ask for a refund, then have this redone by a dentist who has the training necessary to do it correctly.
The easiest way to find a dentist with the artistry and skill to do your smile makeover, is to go to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Website— aacd.com. They have a “find a cosmetic dentist” link. Make sure you check that you are looking for an accredited dentist. AACD accredited dentists have passed stringent exams and demonstrated artistry on a large number of cases before an examination board. They are in the top 3% of cosmetic dentists in the country.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.