I had four porcelain veneers placed on my upper front teeth. I was so excited about the prospect of having a pretty smile and now it seems like my smile is even worse than it was before. First, I have my yellow, natural teeth that are next to the porcelain veneers. Then, I have the two white veneers. Finally, there are my two front teeth where one of the veneers has turned gray. My dentist said we can fix that by making that tooth thicker, but I’m worried that not only will I have tri-colored teeth, as I do now, but one of them will look like a donkey tooth it will be so thick. This is not the smile makeover I was hoping for.
It sounds like you went to your average family dentist to have this smile makeover done. She probably had the best of intentions but does appear to be in over her head. Smile makeovers are not adequately taught in dental school. Unless your dentist invests in a significant amount of post-doctoral training. It doesn’t sound like she has done that.
You paid for a beautiful smile and I’m not convinced she can give you one. Whatever you do, do not allow her to thicken that one tooth. Your instincts are correct. It will look stupid. Plus, If it has turned gray, it is either because the glazing was damaged, which will just keep getting worse, or there is some microleakage which is getting bacteria between your porcelain veneers and your tooth. This will lead to decay.
My recommendation is you ask for a refund and then have this case redone by a skilled cosmetic dentist. The top cosmetic dentists in the country are AACD accredited, so I would start there. It is very likely that he or she will want to start the case over, which is to your benefit. They will likely start with some teeth whitening, which your dentist should have done to begin with. You want the adjacent teeth that do not receive porcelain veneers to blend in color with the veneered teeth.
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