I have had the hardest time getting a smile makeover. The first dentist did four porcelain veneers and within a few days they were literally crumbling off of my teeth. I got my money back from that dentist and went to another one. He did six porcelain veneers and, while they haven’t crumbled, I have had a lisp since getting them. Is this common?
The big problem you are facing is that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. To make matters worse, doing smile makeovers is not taught in dental school. All true cosmetic training has to be done post-doctorally. Any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist regardless of the amount (if any) training they have invested in. It looks like you have been to two dentists who do not have any real expertise in cosmetic work.
Let’s start with the number of porcelain veneers they have given you– four and then six. While six is better, most smiles are eight to ten teeth wide, which means you will have teeth exposed that do not match the ones with the veneers. At the very least, I hope they had you do teeth whitening before placing your porcelain veneers so the teeth wouldn’t be a complete mismatch.
As for the crumbling. Porcelain itself is very fragile. You can easily crush a porcelain veneer with your fingers if you want to. It is the bonding procedure that makes them so strong and durable. A correctly bonded porcelain veneer will stay on your teeth even if the veneer itself is flawed and cracked. If yours were crumbling off your teeth it means the dentist doesn’t know how to bond properly.
Now, onto the next dentist. This one either made your porcelain veneers too long or too thick. Both of these can cause a lisp. I would try to get a refund from this dentist. The only way you are going to get a smile makeover that is well-done and beautiful is to go to a cosmetic dentist with real expertise. My suggestion is you go to an AACD accredited dentist. These dentists have proven training, expertise, and artistry. You will finally get a real smile makeover that you are proud of.
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