I’ve always had healthy teeth, but to be honest, I never liked the way they looked. After a lot of research, I decided to get porcelain veneers thinking I would finally have the smile I’ve always wanted. Boy, was I wrong! Quite honestly, it’s been a nightmare. I had my first set of porcelain veneers placed on my four front teeth, and within a week, they started to crumble and break off. My dentist attempted to fix them, but it didn’t work. I found another dentist who ended up replacing them, but would you believe that the second set cracked the day after they were put on? The dentist said something about them being baked too long.
I had hoped that the third time would be a charm, however, I’m really just wishing I could go back in time and have my real teeth back because now I see that they weren’t that bad. I’ve spent so much money and all I have to show for it is veneers that are too long and an awful lisp (that I didn’t have before). I’m looking at getting veneers for the fourth time, but want to be sure they are done right. How do I make this happen? Also, is this lisp permanent or will it eventually go away? — Mariah
Unfortunately, it sounds like you keep finding dentists who don’t know what they are doing when it comes to placing porcelain veneers. Veneers are not easy – and not just any dentist can do them. Hopefully, you’ve figured that out after three failed attempts.
Veneers are very delicate, thin wafers that get their strength from the bonding. Even when a porcelain veneer cracks, it shouldn’t come off of the tooth unless there is something wrong with how it is bonded. If bonded correctly, a cracked porcelain veneer should stay on the tooth for several months.
Any expert cosmetic dentist would never make veneers too long. In fact, a cosmetic dentist would do everything possible to make sure that you absolutely love your smile before it is permanently bonded. They often call it a “beautiful smile guarantee” which often consists of making a prototype set that you can “try-on” before sending off to the lab. Other dentist use computer imaging combined with a try-in or wax-up in order to make sure that you have can fully evaluate how the veneers look and feel before they bonded.
As for the lisp, veneers that are too long can most definitely cause that. It could also be because they are too bulky or thick. If you’re looking at a fourth procedure, make sure you find a true cosmetic dentist. One who has a passion for creating beautiful smiles and who has taken the time to study and learn techniques from some of the best in the field. When you find the right cosmetic dentist, you will be amazed at how good your smile looks. Good luck!
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