Help me! I had four porcelain veneers placed on my teeth. As a result, I have three different colored teeth. My natural teeth are yellowish. The four porcelain veneers I received were all the same color, but now have a grayish tint in a splotchy way all the way down. I’m so frustrated because I paid a lot for these. What do I do?
I’m sorry this has happened to you after investing in a beautiful smile. When you pay for a smile makeover, you expect it to be something you can be proud of. This isn’t what you received. My guess is your dentist is just your bread and butter general dentist, who hasn’t invested a lot of training in cosmetic work.
Unfortunately, this has its most negative impact on you. Most patients don’t realize that cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty in the dental field. Any dentist can do it and it is up to them how much time they invest in training Think of it as an art form. If one person had a year of violin lessons and dabbled in practice and another person studied for years and practiced diligently, which one would you want to play at your wedding?
Getting Your Porcelain Veneers Done Right
There are some solutions to your situation. Let’s start with the visibility of your yellowed natural teeth. You received four porcelain veneers. Most smiles, including yours, are wider than four teeth. To keep that smile as uniform in appearance as possible, you have two options. One is to get enough porcelain veneers to cover all teeth which are visible when you smile. The second, if you can’t afford that many veneers, is to whiten your teeth. This is typically done before getting your veneers, so they can be made to match the color of your new white natural teeth as closely as possible. However, you can still get your teeth whitened now. The procedure will not damage your veneers.
As for your graying veneers. It sounds like the bonding isn’t well done on those teeth. Because it is splotchy, I believe there is food and bacteria getting caught between your teeth and the veneers. The only solution to this is to have them re-done. In fact, you need them to be replaced. Otherwise, your teeth will begin to decay under the porcelain veneers.
In some way, this is actually good news for you. It gives you a case for getting a refund from this dentist. Then, you can invest that money in a dentist who has done more training and has an artistic eye as well as the technical skill. My suggestion is you find an AACD accredited dentist. They’re the top cosmetic dentists in the country. They’ll give you a stunning smile.
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