I need some advice, I had a chipped tooth and had it repaired with dental bonding. It has aged and I needed it redone. I have since moved and had to go to another dentist. It has been a complete disaster. First, the color is whiter than the rest of my teeth. Then, one tooth is longer than the other. Finally, the tooth has a gap that wasn’t there. I asked my dentist about it and here is what she said:
“Teeth are supposed to be different colors.” When I asked about the unevenness and the gap, she told me she could try to make them the same size, but gaps happen with dental bonding. Her suggestion is that I give it a few more days to see if I like it and if not she’ll try to work on it some more for me. I am torn between giving her a second chance and just asking her for a refund.
I am showing you a bonding case that was done so you can know with certainty that this can be done where the teeth match, are the same size, don’t have a gap between them. I do not think your dentist will be able to achieve these results. Here is the problem. Dental school teaches mechanics, not artistry. Dental bonding is one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures. There are a variety of colors, textures, and translucencies, that are available to the dentist to create a replica of your tooth, and they have to do it freehand. This makes it one of the most challenging cosmetic procedures a dentist can do.
In order to develop the skills necessary to do this well, dentists need to invest in significant post-doctoral training in cosmetic work. Maybe your dentist is at the very beginning of this, but she’s not anywhere near ready. I think your best bet is to ask for a refund and get this done by a dentist who already has the training. She will get there, she’s just not their yet.
So who should you get to do the procedure? My suggestion is you look for an AACD accredited dentist. These dentists have proven credentials that they have both technical knowledge and artistry. They will be able to give you results such as the ones above.
As you are replacing old bonding, I’m guessing there is some normal aging on the color of your teeth. If you are going to whiten them, the time to do that is before you have the bonding redone. If you wait and have any teeth whitening after the bonding, your natural tooth structure will whiten, but the bonding will not and will have to be replaced once again.
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