I have invested a fair amount of time and money into tying to find the best direct composite veneers technique for me, and it seems no matter which method I’m using, I fail to replicate the results others seem to be able to produce with relative ease and swiftness. When it comes to the mechanics of it and following the processes, I do fine, but I spend hours correcting minor defects, only to have the patient come back a week or two later requesting additional adjustments, which sometimes falls into a routine of seeing them repeatedly. I can appreciate the situation. I can. At the same time, I’m ready to give up on doing chairside veneers and just stick with porcelain because it seems more like this will always be a losing battle; that there will always be something wrong with the work to them. Is there a better direct composite veneers technique I can be applying to make sure the aesthetics are more on point or perhaps a particular course I could be taking that will help me streamline the process?
-Done with chairside in DC
Dear Done with Chairside,
Don’t lose heart. It’s good that you’re looking for other options. More often than not, dentists seem to think they have superior cosmetic dentistry skills, but a quick glance at their before and after photos will reveal the truth. Overconfidence is a killer. It’s often said that only 10% of dentists actually have the artistry to do beautiful cosmetic work. The rest either don’t have it or have to work incredibly hard to develop it.
Start by Changing Your Mindset
The fact that you’re not overconfident is good because it means that you’re still striving to do better, but the tone of your letter suggests that you may be approaching things from the standpoint of anticipated failure. How are you behaving while patients are in the chair? Do they sense your apprehension? Do you volunteer up the possibility that they may be unsatisfied with the service you’re providing? If so, you very well could be psychologically priming them to be unhappy with the results.
Begin each consultation with a discussion about what the patient wants to see. Make notes about specific things they say, whether it’s in regard to shade or shape. Ultimately, these are the things the patient will be looking for first when they see themselves in the mirror after treatment. If you have accomplished those goals, you will have likely met any and all objectives the patient has, which means the procedure was a success. If you are mindful of your language before and after treatment and take a moment during the big reveal to discuss how the patient’s smile met their initial expectations, you instead prime them to love their new smile. That’s not to say you should end them off with work you aren’t proud of, but it does sound like you’re stacking the deck against yourself from the start.
Use Tools to Enhance Your Direct Composite Veneers Technique
You mention making “minor adjustments,” which sounds more like a shape issue than a shade issue, but you didn’t go into details about what you’ve been going back to correct. Without that info, it’s tough to say what kind of course, method, or tool would be most helpful. However, it does sound like you may be a good candidate for something like Uveneer, particularly if it’s the timing, shape, or alignment you’re struggling with.
This blog is sponsored by Uveneer, maker of a chairside veneer template system for dentists.