Category Archives: Porcelain Veneers

Can I Get Porcelain Veneers If I Have an Overbite?

Something my dentist said doesn’t seem right. I want to get porcelain veneers. He said because my overbite almost completely covers my bottom teeth I can’t and need crowns instead. Is that right? I would think crowns would be harder than veneers in that situation. I know I’m not a dentist, but I still wanted to double check. Something else to consider is my teeth are very stained from some medicine I took when I was a kid, so I’ll want to somehow make my bottom teeth match even though my top teeth cover most of them.

Karyn G.

Dear Karyn,

Porcelain veneers being placed on a tooth

Wow! I wish I had a buzzer of some sort…and possibly a time machine. At your appointment when your dentist made that seriously lame excuse, I’d have buzzed it and shouted, “Points for trying!” then dragged you out of his office fast.

Your dentist is obviously not a cosmetic dentist. He’s more comfortable doing porcelain crowns then porcelain veneers, so he makes up an excuse that you astutely picked up didn’t make any sense. Crowns make so much less sense because it affects the back of your teeth. Plus, with crowns, you’d have to grind healthy tooth structure down to nubs.

Getting the Best Porcelain Veneers Results

For you to get a good result, you’ll need to go to a different dentist. You want a highly skilled cosmetic dentist, especially considering the staining you mentioned on your teeth. When you said staining from childhood medicine, I’m thinking you may have tetracycline stains. This also means you need an expert cosmetic dentist even more. Tetracycline stains are especially difficult. You have to get the veneers opaque enough to cover the stains, but still get a natural, translucent look.

So, now that you know you need an expert, how do you find one?

My recommendation is you look on the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend the best cosmetic dentists in each area. They have to demonstrate both technical skill and artistry. They cannot simply pay a fee to get on the site. You’ll be safe with anyone on their site.

As for whitening, yes, you’ll whiten the bottom teeth. With tetracycline stains it can be difficult, but Kor Whitening has had more success than most. A good cosmetic dentist will know that though, so you should be fine.

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Does it Damage Veneers to Use Whitening Strips?

I have four porcelain veneers. I really love them. They’re as beautiful today as they were when I first got them. The problem I currently have is the adjacent teeth. My visible smile is wider than those four teeth. While the veneers have held their white color, my natural teeth haven’t. I really need to whiten them but I’m afraid of damaging my porcelain veneers. Would it be safe to whiten the nearby teeth?

Amanda S.

Dear Amanda,

Newton Porcelain Veneers

I’m glad you’re so happy with your smile makeover. Don’t feel too bad about your natural teeth not keeping up. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than your natural tooth structure. Because of that and the fact that most smiles are wider than four teeth, most expert cosmetic dentists place six veneers at a minimum, but usually eight or ten. That way you don’t have to battle your adjacent teeth having a color difference from your veneered teeth.

Teeth whitening won’t harm your porcelain veneers. Whitening only affects natural tooth structure. You’re going to bump up against two problems, though.

1. It’s very hard to match teeth whitening to other dental work. Usually, you’d do the whitening procedure first until you achieved the level of whiteness you wanted. Then, you would add the porcelain crowns or veneers, depending on your procedure. Whitening after your veneers are placed means you’ll just have to get it as close as you can. It’s kind of a guessing game.

2. The second problem you’re going to face is your teeth will become discolored again. Then, you’ll be faced doing this whole procedure again with another guessing game.

It might be simpler to have veneers placed on the exposed teeth that match your current veneers. That way your color will stay consistent within your smile.

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Why Are My Porcelain Veneers Staining?

I thought porcelain veneers were supposed to last for years. I’m really discouraged. I saved up for years to get them.  When they were first put on I felt like I could smile without embarrassment for the first time in years. But, they only lasted until my first dental cleaning (six months later).  Just a few weeks after that, they’ve started picking up stains– stains I can’t get off with brushing. What’s going on?

Elisabeth T.

Elisabeth,

Because they started picking up stains right after your first cleaning, I suspect you had a run in with a power cleaning tool at the dentist. Is it possible you had a hygienist who is new and inexperienced with cosmetic dentistry? If she used anything like a prophy jet, then the glaze has likely been removed from your porcelain veneers. That would definitely lead to them picking up stains.

If that’s the case, they should replace them. You’re right that porcelain veneers should last for years, especially if you’re taking care of them.

Be careful not to use anything like a whitening toothpaste on them. Those contain micro-abrasive materials which can scratch the surface of your veneers causing gunk to build up in the scratches.

There is a special toothpaste you can use that’s designed specifically for cosmetic work. Supersmile is one of the best.  However, that won’t help you until your glaze is restored. Very few dentists know the diamond polishing technique that can restore it. In all likelihood, your dentist will need to replace them. He’ll also need to educate his staff on how to handle porcelain veneers during cleaning visits. The same thing can happen to other dental work, such as porcelain crowns.

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My Porcelain Veneer is Crooked

I’m so overwhelmed with how ridiculous I look right now that I don’t know what to do. I had a small chip on a front tooth which became damaged and fell off. I’ve moved to another city so I had to go to another dentist. She told me that dental bonding can’t be re-done and I’d need to get a crown. I didn’t want to get a crown put on a healthy tooth for just a small chip. We compromised on a porcelain veneer. When she showed it to me, it looked fine. Then she bonded it on. They sort of rushed me out of the office after that, so I didn’t get a second look at it. On the drive home, it felt weird with my tongue. I could feel a gap between the porcelain veneer and my natural tooth. That worried me so the moment I made it home I rushed to the bathroom mirror. My veneer was bonded on crooked. I called the office, but they insist it looks fine and I gave approval when they placed it. Plus, they say once something is permanently bonded, nothing can be done. I can’t go about looking like this. What are your recommendations?

Audrey B. – Ohio

Audrey,

There are some major warning bells going off in my head about this case.  First, let me say you were right not to get the dental crown. Wasting healthy tooth structure is never a good idea. Unless there’s something you’ve not mentioned, there isn’t any reason dental bonding couldn’t be re-done. My guess is your new dentist doesn’t know how to do dental bonding, but she didn’t want to admit it.

I’m guessing she probably wasn’t thrilled about doing a porcelain veneer either, but didn’t want to make it look like she couldn’t do it. It sounds like they couldn’t get the bonding quite right and rushed you out the door.

It’s possible they could make some minor adjustments, but based on what you’ve described it will take much more than some minor adjustments. The porcelain veneer needs to be re-done. You might be better off getting a refund and have another, more experienced cosmetic dentist take over the case.

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Can I Remove Porcelain Veneers?

I’ve had the same dentist since I was a little girl. I love the guy, but I’m afraid he really messed up my porcelain veneers. I was asked to be a speaker at a major convention and it was my big opportunity to shine and get investors for a project I’ve been working on. I mentioned it to my dentist because I was concerned about my smile and he said that he could get me fixed up with porcelain veneers. I let him do them and I really regret it now. They don’t look like they’re shaped right, for starters. They also don’t feel right. I keep catching my tongue on them when I talk and it has affected my speech. Lastly, the coloring is off. It looks like I have pieces of gum stuck to my front four teeth. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I really want to get them taken off and go back to my normal teeth. What’s the best way to approach this with my dentist?

Sincerely,

Lucia – California

Unfortunately, you can’t just remove porcelain veneers. Some of your tooth material was likely shaved. Without the porcelain veneers for cover, that leaves you exposed and susceptible to decay.

It sounds like your dentist is a great family dentist, but may not be the best cosmetic dentist. His heart was likely in the right place, but that doesn’t help your smile makeover.

The only real way to fix this is to have them re-done by a dentist with more artistic cosmetic skill. As a patient, it would be difficult for you to know which dentist is skilled in cosmetics and which isn’t. In your place, I’d suggest going to the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend the best of the best. Put in your zip code and they’ll recommend some great dentists to give you a smile you won’t just be proud of, you’ll be thrilled with.

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Why Are My Porcelain Veneers Staining So Soon?

When I agreed to get porcelain veneers, I was told they would last for years, even decades. They were great the first six months, but then started picking up stains. This is way sooner than they told me I’d have any issues.  Is there anything I can do?

Olivia M. – Ohio

Olivia,

I can’t tell you with certainty, but because it was fine the first six months and then developed problems I suspect at the six-month mark you went in for a cleaning and the hygienist used something like a Prophy Jet. That will remove the glazing on your porcelain veneers.

There is a way to repair it, but it’s a very advanced technique. If your dental office didn’t know enough to not use the Prophy Jet during your cleaning, I doubt they’d know this procedure.

I’d have another dentist examine them to see if the glazing has been removed. If so, you should be able to get your dentist to replace them.

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Can Tooth Bands Replace Porcelain Veneers?

I’ve been talking to my dentist about the gap between my front teeth. He suggested braces, but I felt that would be unsightly and time consuming. He then said my best option was to get porcelain veneers. He showed them to me and what he’d done for a couple of patients. I was really excited about them, until I saw the price. I don’t think I can pay that much. I recently saw an add for tooth bands. They’re only like $30 and they say they can close gaps in teeth.  Is that a good option?

Franny L. – Ohio

Franny,

I’m really glad you’ve written. These tooth bands are a gimmick and can cause you to do enough damage to your teeth that you could loose them. They’re basically just rubber bands, so charging you $30 for a set of them isn’t really a good deal.

However, I don’t agree with your dentist’s recommendations either. Porcelain veneers are an expensive over-treatment, if the only thing you wanted repaired was your tooth gap. It’s designed for people who want to completely change their smile. They can change the shape, size, and  color of your teeth, giving you a completely new smile.

The common treatment, with patients who don’t want to straighten their teeth, is to use dental bonding. It uses a composite resin and will close the gap. It’s much more affordable than porcelain veneers.

If the main thing you’re concerned about with braces is the unsightliness, then I’d suggest Invisalign as an option. They’re completely invisible. No one will know you’re wearing them, and they’ll straighten your teeth in half the time.

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Was I misinformed? I thought porcelain veneers could reshape teeth.

I’m  a little disappointed and confused. I was told that porcelain veneers could completely reshape my smile. I have teeth that are worn. I wanted longer, fuller, more youthful teeth. The color that my dentist gave me is great. I am happy with that. But, my teeth are the same size that they were before. That’s really disappointing. I pointed out to my dentist that I expected them to be longer, but he said they’re beautiful and I should be satisfied with them as is. He also said, it’s not possible to make them longer. Was I misinformed about the procedure?

Vanessa – Louisiana

Vanessa,

I’m sorry you’ve had such a bad experience with your porcelain veneers. You’re right. They are able to reshape your smile.  You should have been able to get a quite youthful smile.  I’m glad you don’t have to content yourself with just half of what you hoped for. And your dentist is wrong, it is possible to make your teeth longer with porcelain veneers.

It sounds to me that you went to your family dentist, who may be a good family dentist, but isn’t a great cosmetic dentist. He doesn’t have the training or experience to understand the aesthetics that go into a gorgeous smile.

I’d suggest getting a second opinion for an expert cosmetic dentist.  I know it’s hard for a patient to determine who’s an expert and who’s not.  If you’ll go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists in each state. You’ll be safe with anyone on their site.

Go to that dentist and see if he can help you get at least part of your money back.  To get the smile you want, the procelain veneers will have to be redone.

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What if I want composite veneers instead of porcelain?

I’ve been pricing some smile makeovers, but  it seems like more dentists prefer porcelain veneers to the more reasonably priced compoiste veneers. Can I still get the composite?

Chloe S. – Mississippi

Chloe,

You can likely get the composite veneers, but you may not want them. There’s a huge difference in their between the quality of the two, which is the reason more dentists prefer porcelain over composite.

Porcelain is more durable and has a more natural translucency than composite.  You’ll likely replace composite a few times before you’d have to replace the porcelain.

They’re not just trying to give you the more expensive treatment. They prefer the superior one. In circumstances where composite would be a better fit, they’re ethically bound to tell you.

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Options for congenitally missing teeth in teens

My 16 year old has a congenitally missing tooth. I wanted to get her a dental implant, but the dentist insists she’s too young. The problem is this tooth is visible and is embarassing to her. Are there options?

Rosie B. – Denver

Rosie,

First, I’m going to say that I agree with your dentist. Your daughter is too young for a dental implant. Her jaw is still growing and the procedure will end up failing.

That being said. I would suggest you get her a porcelain veneer for the smaller baby tooth. It can “build up” material around the tooth and make it the same shape, size, and appearance as her other teeth.

This will at least temporarily take care of the problem while you wait for her jaw to fully develop.

One word of caution. Make sure you go to a highly experienced, artistic cosmetic dentist if you want to veneer to look good.

I recommend going on mynewsmile.com and seeing which cosmetic dentists they recommend in the Denver area.

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