I’m really disappointed. I have a bad habit of grinding and “tapping” my teeth with my other teeth. I know it’s stupid but I haven’t figured out how to not do it. I tend to do the tapping during the day, which I can stop when I realize I’m doing it. However, the grinding mostly takes place at night. I can’t figure out how to stop that. As a result, I have chipped and short teeth. I was telling my dentist how much it embarrasses me. He suggested I get Lumineers. He said they’re better than other porcelain veneers because he won’t have to grind my teeth in the front. That sounded great to me because I felt my teeth have already been ground enough. Unfortunately, I hate how these look too. They’re so bulky and the front two teeth are so long, I look like an overgrown rabbit. Am I too picky? My dentist says they’re some of his best work and he’s never had complaints before.
Your problem isn’t your pickiness. You have a right to be picky about your teeth, especially when you’re paying for a beautiful smile. Your real problem is your dentist. Usually, when someone gets a botched smile makeover I can assume they’re a decent general dentist who just isn’t skilled in cosmetic dentistry. However, in the case of your particular dentist, I’m wondering if your dentist is even competent in general dental care.
You said you grind your teeth. Yet, you mentioned nothing about your dentist providing you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth. It’s fine to fix the aesthetics with porcelain veneers, but without protection, your teeth grinding will wear down and chip those just as much as your natural tooth structure.
Who Should Create Your Porcelain Veneers?
While most expert cosmetic dentists aren’t fans of the Lumineers brand, the more important choice is the dentist, not the brand. Many inexperienced cosmetic dentists like the Lumineers brand because they’re marketed to dentists as being easy to place. That’s because they’re told they won’t have to do tooth preparation. While that works in some cases, for others, you end up with a bulky smile as you have. The length issue is more likely because of his lack of experience and artistry.
Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to have your porcelain veneers re-done. I wouldn’t have your dentist re-do it. Instead, I’d ask for a refund and get a more qualified cosmetic dentist. If your smile is functional, he’s under no legal obligation to give you one. But, hopefully, he’s a man who cares if his patients are satisfied with the quality of his cosmetic work. Most true cosmetic dentists stand behind their work offering a beautiful smile guarantee.
To find the dentist who can give you a stunning smile, I’d recommend you start the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They have an accreditation program which really shows which dentists are true artists and experts in the cosmetic field. Their website allows you to do a search by accreditation. AACD accredited dentists create stunning smiles.
If you don’t find one at a reasonable traveling distance, you should next try the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend excellent cosmetic dentists who meet strict standards of both technical and artistic prowess. While not all of them are AACD accredited, every one of them can give you the gorgeous smile you desire. Whatever you decide, make sure you get a mouthguard to protect your beautiful new pearly whites.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.