Don’t want a CPAP

I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. My dentist expects me to wear a CPAP machine.  I’m still young and such a contraption is very unattractive, especially since I am a woman.  Isn’t there some other treatment for sleep apnea?

Virginia S. – Long Island, NY

Virginia,

I understand the desire to be attractive. That being said, breathing is quite important as well. I would venture to say more important that attractiveness.  Before you get too frustrated with my response, I will tell you that there is another alternative.

Sleep apnea can also be treated with a mandibular advancement appliance.  It is similar in structure and appearance to a mouthguard, which you will find much more discrete than a CPAP.

The effectiveness of either treatment, really depends on each individual case.  You can try the mandibular device and see how it works for you.

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My veneers aren’t as white as I expected

I was a little surprised, when I got my smile makeover, that my porcelain veneers weren’t nearly as white as I expected. The only reason is surprised me is that I went over with my dentist very clearly what I was  wanting out of the makeover. I’m very pleased with the shape of the porcelain veneers. It’s the color that bothers me.  He said that they needed to look natural. But, let’s be honest, if I wanted a natural smile I would have left my teeth as they were. Can I whiten the  color?

Brooke W. – New Jersey

Brooke,

It would be extraordinarily frustrating to spend all that money on a smile makeover and not come away with what you were dreaming about.

Unfortunately, there is no way to whiten porcelain veneers that have already been made.  The only way to get whiter veneers is to have your dentist re-do them.  Given that you spoke with him ahead of time about what you wanted, I think he should re-do them without charge.

I suspect your dentist isn’t a highly experienced cosmetic dentist, but rather a decent family dentist who also does cosmetic work.  In dental school we’re taught that the dentist knows best.  But when you study advanced cosmetic dentistry, you know that the most important thing is who the patient feels about their smile.  If you want a bright white smile, you get a bright white smile. You don’t darken the veneers.

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