I had four porcelain veneers placed on my front teeth in the hopes of finally getting a beautiful smile but now I am regretting letting this dentist anywhere near my teeth. The first problem showed up right after they were placed. When I got to my car I noticed one of my veneers was crooked. I went back in and they told me they’d replace that one. So, I had to wait for that appointment, which made me not want to smile for a while. Then, a couple of weeks after that was replaced I noticed the one next to it is turning gray. Now she’s telling me this tooth is darker than the others and she’ll need to make the veneer for that one a bit thicker. So, now I have three different colored teeth, my natural yellowish teeth, my white veneers, and this gray one. I’m super disappointed in this and now feel I’m going to have two different-sized teeth as well when she makes this thicker. What do I do?
What a cosmetic dentistry horror story. I am sorry this was your experience. Let’s talk about what went wrong first and then we’ll get into what you can do about it.
If the gray is spotted throughout the veneer, you are probably dealing with microleakage. This is where the bonding was not properly done and bacteria is leaking between your natural tooth and your porcelain veneer. I don’t think it has anything to do with the underlying tooth being dark. If that were the case, then it would have been gray from the start and you said it has turned gray. If the gray is uniform, your dentist or hygienist did something to damage the glazing.
As for the several different colors, that is a two-fold issue. First, because most smiles are wider than four teeth. Because of this, your dentist should have had you whiten your teeth first. This helps the adjacent teeth to match the veneered teeth. Then you make the veneers.
The big problem you are facing is your dentist is in over her head. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. Because of that any dentist can do it. Unfortunately, doing smile makeovers is not taught in dental school. This means most dentists who do cosmetic work, don’t do it well. One thing I noticed right away is you were not aware one of your porcelain veneers was crooked. This tells me that your dentist did not let you see the final result after she bonded it on. She must have known something was wrong or she would have shown you the results. This doesn’t speak well to me of her professional integrity.
The only thing you can do to get this fixed is to find an excellent cosmetic dentist and have them re-do the case. There is enough wrong with your case that it should not be too hard to secure a refund. Then, the big issue is finding the cosmetic dentist with real expertise. My suggestion is to look for a dentist who is AACD accredited. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
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