I am in the middle of a cosmetic bonding nightmare. About a year ago, my dentist offered to close the gap between my two front teeth for me. I was really excited by the idea- I didn’t even know it was possible to do this without getting veneers done. They came out really nice. I like the look of them at first. However, about two weeks in, the cosmetic bonding popped off one side while I was flossing my teeth. I went back in and the dentist offered to fix it free, which I appreciated, but we didn’t talk about why it happened and I chalked it up to a fluke thing. Then, about a month later, the other one popped off while I was eating. I was mortified because I was at work and I had to go around looking ridiculous the whole day.
Fast-forward to now, I have lost one or the other a total of five times. FIVE. I asked the dentist why it kept happening and he said I was doing something to them, like flossing wrong or chewing on pencils or something. I don’t do anything like that and I’m flossing as gently as possible. Worse yet, he says if it happens again, he’s going to start charging me to fix them. I asked if he could just remove them and let me go back to normal and he said that isn’t possible.
I’m starting to wonder if maybe he shouldn’t have used cosmetic bonding in this type of application. Maybe I really should have held out for porcelain veneers. Am I right? If so, how can I fix this going forward?
It’s not the fact that he used cosmetic bonding in this type of application. Dentists do it all the time. It can look beautiful and last for many years. It sounds more like your dentist doesn’t know what he’s doing. Sure, it is possible to break seals, particularly if you’re doing something abnormal, like opening packages with your teeth or using your teeth as tools, but this started happening right after you had the work done. Moreover, flossing, no matter how “wrong” you do it, isn’t going to pull off the material. Not under any kind of normal circumstances. What this means is that he’s not getting a good bond on the tooth to begin with. Unfortunately, instead of realizing he’s in over his head on this one, he’s blaming you.
You can’t just take the material off and go back to normal. Some of your tooth was removed in order to shape the tooth and allow for bonding. If the material was removed, it wouldn’t look right and you’d likely get decay very quickly in those spots. Going forward, your best bet is to have the work redone by an experienced cosmetic dentist. If it does keep coming off, then you may well have some kind of subconscious habit contributing to the issue, but based on the time frame, it really sounds like an issue with the dentist, not you.
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