Category Archives: Porcelain Veneers

Why do my veneers look bulky

I got the lumineers veneers. I think the color and shape are fine, but they seem bulky.  Is that normal?

Beth Q. – California

Beth,

Normal for other brands of porcelain veneers, no. Normal for Lumineers, unfortunately all too often.  This brand of porcelain veneers is often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as easy to place because there is no prep needed.

Unfortunately, that isn’t true with many of the cases that are presented. For quite a few patients, some form of tooth prep is necessary. Without it, the teeth will look bulky.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about that if they’ve already been permanently bonded on. You can see if your dentist is willing to give you a refund, but they’re hard to get unless there is something that makes your bite unable to function properly.

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Can you get just one porcelain veneer?

I have one tooth that really bothers me.  It’s darker than the other teeth and has some chips on it.  Can I just get one porcelain veneer or do I have to get the whole set?

Tiffany N. – Mississippi

Tiffany,

There really isn’t a set number of porcealin veneers. Generally, for a full smile makeover you’ll get somewhere between 6 and 10 veneers, depending on how wide your smile is.  You can get any number. You could get 1 or 21. It’s really up to you…and your budget.

I will warn you, it is very hard to match one veneer to your other front tooth.  It can be done, but you have to get a dentist who has very advanced skills.

I suggest you go to mynewsmile.com and see which cosmetic dentists they recommend for your area.  They only put advanced cosmetic dentists, who have a high level of artistry on their site as recommended dentists, so you’ll be safe with one of those choices.

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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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I want to beat the gals with our smile makeovers

My group of gals does something interesting together every year.  Last year we all went to Venice. This year, we’re all getting smile makeovers. I want to get the best one of the group. Is there a certain kind of porcelain veneer that is better than another?

Elizabeth H. – Arkansas

Elizabeth,

What you’ll actually want to ask about is not the brand of porcelain veneer.  In fact, your best bet is to get the best cosmetic dentist you can. They’ll know all the subtle differences in all the different veneers.

The main thing I want you to take from this is you can have two cosmetic dentists make the same smile with the same brand of porcelain veneers and you’d end up with two completely different levels of beauty and brilliance. One smile might end up looking opaque. The other might look like it belongs on the mouth of a celebrity.  All of it has to do with the artistic skill of your dentist.

I suggest you  go to the mynewsmile.com website.  They recommend the top cosmetic dentists in each state. Anyone they recommend will be both highly skilled and artistic.  They can give you a gorgeous smile, very likely much more gorgeous than your gal pals.

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Porcelain veneers ruined by my dental cleaning?

I had my porcelain veneers done by a cosmetic dentist. However, when it was time for a cleaning, I went to  my normal family dentist. They cleaned the veneers with some kind of salt water spray to get all the build up off. I think it did something to my veneers because ever since then they’ve been picking up stains.  Could the cleaning have messed them up?

Sandra W. – Maumelle, AR

Sandra,

It sounds to me like your hygienist used a prophy jet to clean your veneers. They would certainly damage your porcelain veneers. The prophy jet took the glaze right off your veneers. They’ll continue to pick up stains.

As your dentist caused this, I think they should be the ones to pay for the repair.  To get them to do that, you’ll likely need to get a second opinion to “prove” it was their fault. Don’t use any cosmetic dentist, because repairing this without completely redoing the veneers is a very advanced procedure. Not many cosmetic dentists can do it.

I’ll suggest you go to one of the dentists listed on the mynewsmile.com site for your state.  You may not find one in Maumelle, but I know there is at least one in Little Rock listed.  That will give you a better chance of getting this done right.

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Why don’t my veneers match?

I had gotten some porcelain veneers just on my front four teeth, then decided my smile was so wide that I needed to get six more. I did three on each side.  I’m a little disappointed in them because they don’t match.  My dentist said back teeth are supposed to be darker, but it doesn’t seem natural looking to me.  Is he right?

Nerry G. – Chicago

Nerry,

He is only partially right and I’ll explain why in a moment. Before that, I want to say, it wouldn’t matter if he was right.  Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure there to give you the smile you want. If you’re not thrilled with the look of your smile, the results are a failure.

Your canine tooth is generally a half shade darker at the gumline, but only at the gumline. It doesn’t draw your attention. The next teeth, the premolars, should be the same color as your incisors, so only the canine has any real difference.

There is nothing wrong with asking your dentist to redo these. You’re paying for a certain smile.  To be honest, if you had a wide smile, he should have suggested more veneers to begin with. Make sure he lets you try the next set on before bonding them, so you can make a decision.

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Can my dentist do porcelain veneers?

My dentist is great, but he’s more of a family dentist. He has done teeth whitening, which ended up being great, so he does know some cosmetic procedures. However, I’m wondering if porcelain veneers are different. They’re very expensive, so I want to make sure I go to the right dentist for this procedure. It seems a little more specialized to me than teeth whitening.

Joanna K.- Delaware

Joanna,

Your gut serves you well. While there isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, it does require some specialized training. While any dentist can pull off the teeth whitening procedure, you’ll want your dentist to have significant post-graduate training when it comes to porcelain veneers.

Training isn’t all your dentist will need. On top of the technical skill required for such an advanced procedure, you’ll want him or her to be artistic as well. Porcelain veneers are an art form.

If I were in your position, I would want the best possible cosmetic dentist to do my smile. One way to locate a skilled dentist is to go to the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists and only recommend the most skilled and artistic. You can search by state to see who is available. It’s worth it to drive to a nearby city or state if necessary in order to get the best smile possible.

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I feel like I’ve been given horse teeth

I got a smile makeover. I was kind of happy with it, but recently I’ve been feeling like I have horse teeth. I feel like I’m “tripping” over my own mouth. Is it possible to have my teeth trimmed or is that a stupid question?

Amanda G. – San Diego, CA

Amanda,

Yes, porcelain veneers can be trimmed. It is more of an advanced type of procedure–much more advanced then the porcelain veneers themselves.

Have you spoken to your dentist about your disappointment with the results? I don’t know a cosmetic dentist worth their salt, who would be satisfied if their patient wasn’t absolutely and totally thrilled with their new smile.

If you’re worried about whether or not your dentist can do such an advanced procedure, it is perfectly acceptable to have someone else do the trimming.

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Should porcelain veneers fall off?

I have always been embarassed by my smile. Recently my dentist has been studying about porcelain veneers. She offered to do some for me for half price of what they normally are. I was excited about the possibility of getting a pretty smile for the first time in my life.  I spent all of my savings to have this done. I will admit that my smile is prettier. I was just wondering if porcelain veneers should fall off so much? Mine has had at least one veneer fall off a week, for the last three weeks.

Harry P. – South Carolina

Harry,

I’m glad you are excited about your smile. I’m also glad you were pleased with your results. I’m trying to give your dentist the benefit of the doubt, because there is really NO reason for your porcelain veneers to fall off.

I know your dentist is just learning and it is great you knew that ahead of time. You are lucky that your dentist did a decent job on the veneers themselves. Some people end up with a smile worse than what they had and end up quite depressed.

I’m hoping your dentist has just been using a temporary paste and that is why they keep falling off. If she’s using the actual bonding, then she really needs to go back and learn the bonding procedure.

If you’re comfortable asking her what type of bonding she’s doing, then it is in both your benefits.

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Disappointed in my porcelain veneers

I recently saved up thousands of dollars to get porcelain veneers and I’m quite disappointed. In fact, I’ve made my dentist angry by telling him I don’t want them permanently bonded on and I’ll have to make a decision.  We discussed what I wanted out of the veneers at the first appointment, but that is not what they looked like.  When I tried them on I hated them. He told me they were beautiful and I just needed some time, but I disagree. What do you think I should do?

Tamela R. – New Jersey

Tamela,

You’ve had the unpleasant experience of having your work done by a dentist who has neither and expertise or any artistry in the cosmetic side of things. Because cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist if they know HOW to do a couple of procedures. That doesn’t mean they’re any good at them.

To make beautiful porcelain veneers takes a significant amount of post graduate training and experience. Plus, you really need an artistic eye. Anyone with any level of expertise in the field will tell you the dentist isn’t the one who tells if the end result is beautiful, the patient is.

If you’re unhappy with these porcelain veneers, tell him you won’t be taking them. You’ll need to find another cosmetic dentist. I know there are several great ones in New Jersey. I don’t know what area of the state you reside, so I suggest you go to the mynewsmile.com website. They list all the best cosmetic dentists in each state. Anyone you find on that list will do a beautiful job for you.

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