My dentist showed me a bunch of before and after pictures for porcelain veneers. They all looked gorgeous. In fact, the after smiles were stunning no matter how bad the before smile were. My makeover looked amateurish by comparison. The teeth look like boxy chicklets. When I told my dentist that he said my teeth were so bad that this is as good as it gets. I thought I could live with it, but I can’t. My new smile is obviously fake. That’s more embarrassing than my bad smile. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Stina C. – California
I’m just guessing here, but it sounds like you went to a family dentist who does some cosmetic dentistry, but hasn’t invested a lot of time and training to develop excellence. If he showed you stock before and after pictures, passing them off as his own, he’s also being unethical. He’s wrong, too. The whole point of getting a smile makeover is that you need one. Of course your before smile won’t be ideal. If it was, why spend the money?
Once it’s bonded on, the only thing you can do is remove it and have a new set of porcelain veneers done. There are two things I would suggest. First, Don’t have them re-done by this dentist. You need an expert cosmetic dentist. Look for someone in your area who is an AACD accredited dentist. Being accredited is different than being a member. An accredited dentist is among the top cosmetic dentists in the country. They can give you a gorgeous smile.
The second thing I’d do is see if the new cosmetic dentist can help you get a refund from the first dentist. It will be easy if he misrepresented himself. A little pressure from a peer does wonders.
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