There is something seriously off with my dentist’s direct composite veneers technique. I have seen similar work done and it usually look gorgeous. In fact, a good friend of mine just had hers done and her teeth look beautiful. That’s a big part of the reason why I asked my dentist to do the same for me. Everything about his direct composite veneers technique seemed on the up and up. He showed me pictures and they looked good, plus we talked about the shade and color before he did anything. I went in for the procedure and came out with what looks like Chicklets. My teeth are so awkwardly-shaped that they don’t look natural at all. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it almost looks like I’m wearing dentures now—hardly the cosmetic improvement I expected. I’m wondering if this is because my dentist said I should have porcelain and I pushed for traditional bonding materials. Maybe I just wasn’t a candidate for them. How do I go about fixing this? Do I have to have the porcelain ones done now?
No, you don’t have to have porcelain done now. This is purely an issue relating to the dentist’s level of skill. He probably knew this, which is why he tried to nudge you into porcelain to begin with. Your description sounds like he just did a poor job of shaping them to suit your face or preferences. If this is the case, they can probably be reshaped fairly easily. Failing that, the material could be removed and redone by your current dentist or someone who works with this procedure more often.
It’s a good idea to have a clear discussion with him about what you wanted your teeth to look like. Take example photos with you, so he can see what you hope to achieve. If he seems confident that he can make it happen for you, go ahead and give him another chance to make things right. If not, move onto someone with more skill in this department.
Tips for Finding a Dentist with the Best Direct Composite Veneers Technique
1) Find someone who does chairside work versus porcelain frequently. You could also choose someone with a lot of skill and trust in his or her recommendations, even if it isn’t a chairside option.
2) Ask for photos of the doctor’s work. Some doctors use examples to demonstrate the procedures, but they aren’t real patients. Look for a Smile Gallery, Brag Book, Before & After, or something similar and confirm that it’s the dentist’s work on display.
3) Check reviews or get a personal referral. You’ll want to be sure you’re reading reviews on the procedure you want, not just general reviews.
4) Have a consultation. If the dentist asks questions about your desired look, you probably have a winner.
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