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Is my daughter too young for porcelain veneers?

My 16 year old daughter hates her teeth. Mainly just the ones in front, but she literally hides from the camera. They are yellow and kind of crooked. One is also longer than the other. To a 16 year old, this is torture! She has heard of porcelain veneers and is willing to help pay for them. All of her permanent teeth are in properly. Do you think she is too young for porcelain veneers?

– Sandra in Florida

Sandra,

Porcelain veneers are beautiful when they are done by a highly skilled cosmetic dentist. And there is not any kind of age requirement for having this kind of work done. That said, you need to be aware that there is a higher risk for a 16 year old. This is because the jaw hasn’t completely matured so they could end up needing to be replaced sooner than normal. For example, if your daughter hits a growth spurt, it may be as soon as a few years from now that they will need to be replaced.

As we get older, our bones and gums develop. This means that the edge of the veneers may become exposed and they may not look as beautiful. So to answer your question, it’s not an issue if your 16 year old daughter is old enough, it really is a case by case basis. It also depends on her overall dental health whether of not she is a candidate. It would be wise to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. This will come down to her personal choice and yours since she is still considered a minor, but an expert cosmetic dentist should give you an honest assessment.

Good luck! We all know how sensitive teenagers are at that age.

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Will my porcelain veneers turn yellow?

One of the main reasons I decided to get porcelain veneers was to cover up my ugly, yellow teeth. I now realize I should have asked more about this before getting them put on, but I was wondering if they will turn yellow as time goes by? If so, how long until they start discolor?

– Sheila in Tennessee

Sheila,

That is a common question about porcelain veneers. No, porcelain veneers will not turn yellow. That said, the veneers are applied directly onto your natural tooth. So it is possible that the underlying tooth may pick up stains as time goes by. When the discoloration occurs underneath the veneers, the porcelain veneers may take on a slightly discolored appearance. So if you are susceptible to staining on your teeth, it would probably be a good idea to avoid coffee, teas, berries, etc. that aide in staining teeth. Also, avoid smoking not only for your teeth but for your overall health.

If your dentist didn’t already inform you, it is also important to stay away from teeth whitening or tarter control toothpastes. This may seem strange as you are trying to keep your teeth white, but there are highly abrasive whitening agents in those kinds of toothpastes which can have negative affects on the porcelain veneers. What happens is that the glaze breaks down from these whitening agents which lessens the ability of the veneers to hold up to stains.

A helpful habit to keep your smile looking it’s best would be to rinse your mouth out after drinking or eating those stain producing items.

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Are my teeth the reason I can’t get a date?

I am sick of being single. All my friends are married with kids. Being over 40 and having no one “special” really stinks! I’ve resided myself to the fact it has to be my crooked teeth. But I really don’t want to be wearing those ugly wire braces for years as an adult. I can’t imagine being a “brace face” would help my dating chances! Any advice to speed up the process so I don’t have to wear them forever?

Eric in Kansas

Eric,

There is no real way to know the truth about why your love life hasn’t taken off yet. But there is no reason it cannot happen for you too. An interesting study by Match.com does show that a beautiful smile is one of the most important things that attracts a potential mate while dating. So there may be some truth to the crooked teeth theory on your part.

Have you ever heard of Invisalign? This sophisticated system straightens your teeth in half the time as conventional braces. No more need for those ugly and uncomfortable wire and metal braces. Invisalign invisible braces uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into the correct positions. In some cases, Invisalign has straightened teeth in six months to a year. And from a conversational distance the aligners are invisible.

Everyone’s cases is different so the time frame may vary slightly. So find an Invisalign dentist in your area and get the ball rolling. Invisalign has one of the highest satisfaction ratings of any dental treatment.

Also, porcelain veneers are an even faster cosmetic dentistry treatment that will improve the appearance of your teeth. You can get straight, white teeth in only a couple appointments. This may be another option you want to consider?

Good luck!

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I want better porcelain veneers than my sister! Any advice?

My sister and I have always had an intense rivalry. Everything turned into a competition whether it was a new outfit, house, car, or even who had the best job. Somehow she found out about my plan to save up for porcelain veneers and what do you know, she went ahead and got them herself before me. Maybe she shouldn’t have been in such a rush though, because she isn’t happy with them. They look fake! It’s kind of hard to put a finger on it but they don’t really even resemble a natural-looking color. It’s made me start second-guessing if I really want them or not. The other day she told me one of them popped off already. I don’t know if it is something she did or if the fault lies with the dentist that placed them because I thought they were supposed to last much longer than that. Any advice? I have been saving up for far too long to blow it on ugly veneers.

– Sharon in Arizona

Sharon,

The good news is that you may have the last laugh in this situation. Based on the problems you have described about your sister’s porcelain veneers, it sounds like the dentist may have been in over his or her head. This happens too often because cosmetic dentistry is not a regulated area within the field of dentistry. So pretty much any dentist can claim to do porcelain veneers and call themselves a cosmetic dentist. But just calling yourself a cosmetic dentist isn’t going to cut it since beautiful cosmetic dentistry requires an artistic eye and a lot of training beyond dental school.

So be sure that you do your homework and find an excellent cosmetic dentist. Most dentists that do beautiful porcelain veneers are perfectionists. They will not be satisfied until you absolutely fall in love with your new smile. In fact, they consider their work a failure unless you love them. So ask the dentist about similar cases to yours and ask to see many before and after shots. Also, ask them if they offer a beautiful smile guarantee with their porcelain veneers. If so, then you are on the right track.

As far as the color looking unnatural, it sounds like your sister’s dentist didn’t get the translucency right. Our natural teeth absorb and reflect light, so if this technique is not perfected with a smile makeover, something will just look “off” about the final product. An expert cosmetic dentist will not only match the color perfectly, but the opacity of the tooth should look exactly like the teeth that surround them.

You are also correct in that porcelain veneers should not fall off. This could be due to the sub-standard skill of the dentist or may have happened during the ceramic work from the laboratory. Most porcelain veneers (if they are applied by a true cosmetic dentist) will last for ten years or longer.

So find the right dentist and you will be able to keep smiling at your sister long after her last veneer has fallen off.

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Is it okay to switch Invisalign dentists?

I love how my smile looks after Invisalign treatment! It has been four months and the dentist has me using retainers still. But without getting into too much detail, I’m not happy with the dentist anymore. So I want to try a new one. Do I have to stay with the same dentist that I originally did Invisalign with? Or can I choose someone new?

– Cora in Rhode Island

Cora,

From an ethical point of view, your original Invisalign dentist has an ethical obligation to provide you with a smooth transition to your new dentist. So there should be absolutely no issue in continuing treatment at a new dentist. Even if you were still in the middle of your Invisalign treatment, there really should be no issue.

If for some reason your dentist doesn’t follow that ethical code, it still shouldn’t be a problem. The new dentist should be able to create new retainers for you without needing too much information from¬† the original dentist. At most, it would require a new impression of your teeth be taken.

It is great to hear that you are pleased with your results. Invisalign has one of the highest patient satisfaction records of any treatment.

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Do you know if porcelain veneers can be trimmed?

A couple of months ago I had porcelain veneers placed on my upper canines. I thought I liked them at first because they look pretty good. But as time as passed, I feel like they are larger and longer than they should be. They are not only uncomfortable, I know feel like they look funny. Do you know if they can be trimmed to be shorter? Or do you think my only option is to have them replaced?

– Jeremy in Florida

Jeremy,

Porcelain veneers can be trimmed. They can be made to be smaller but it is more difficult and takes a higher skill level to make them longer. This kind of cosmetic dentistry treatment needs to be done by an excellent cosmetic dentist. It is interesting that it was the two canines that you elected to have veneers placed on. Often times if an individual gets porcelain veneers, it is on the front teeth as well. So without knowing your particular situation, it is kind of a question mark as to whether or not your original dentist would be good to go back to. This is mainly due to the fact that less than two percent of dentists actually do beautiful cosmetic dentistry. And since you were unhappy the first time around, it may be worth your while to obtain a second opinion from another cosmetic dentist.

It is difficult for the patient to know any better when a dentist tells them that they can do porcelain veneers. But a general or family dentists may say they do veneers, but their artistic ability simply may not not there. So make sure you select your dentist carefully and move forward with one that you can trust. Ask to see their portfolio of work, for example ask for specific photographs of the canines. You will be able to see what they have done and ask them why they created them a certain way. You should not compromise when it comes to your smile.

Good luck to you.

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Does Invisalign make you sound funny?

I’m trying to find out the pros and cons of Invisalign? I read somewhere (maybe online) that they make you talk funny. Is that true? How long does that last? Do you know if they hurt when you get them at first? Are they annoying for eating and drinking?

– Thanks, Jena in Florida

Jena,

Most patients love Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign actually has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in the entire field of dentistry. Although, they are not for everyone. In some cases, teens they aren’t ideal candidates unless their teeth have fully erupted. Also, teenagers sometimes have problems following the dentist’s instructions.

The Invisalign aligners may feel snug at first and then over the course of the two weeks before the next set is ready, they loosen. Invisalign should not be painful. But the clear plastic aligners do need to apply pressure to the teeth to move them into their correct position.

As for talking or sounding funny, that is pretty rare. But if you have any issues, just discuss them with your dentist.

As for the benefits, there are many things that patients rave about. For example, the `1alginers are invisible so no one will know you are wearing them. They are simple to remove to eat and drink and Invisalign straightens teeth much faster than conventional braces.

If your dentist determines that you are a good Invisalign candidate, just be sure to follow the instructions to a tee. You will love how your smile looks after your teeth are straight.

Cosmetic dentists have a more artistically-inclined perspective, so Invisalign from an experience cosmetic dentist is a good idea. It would be good to start off with a consultation from a well-respected dentist that has done this many times instead of believing something you found online.

Best of luck!

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Will Lumineers make my teeth longer in appearance?

I have a question about the appearance of my teeth. I have been told that my teeth are pretty straight and have just discolored a bit as I’ve gotten older. My cosmetic dentist that I am consulting with recommended I try Lumineers because I want my teeth to look larger and whiter. I have moved forward with the process and the impressions have been sent over to the laboratory. The lab person told my dentist that the color could be corrected but they couldn’t do anything about my desire to make them look longer. The brochure states otherwise and my dentist is supposed to be following up. From the marketing of the company it sure looks like they can be longer and bigger? Any advice? After my frustrations, the dentist is now telling me that he may want to bond the teeth instead of Lumineers. Does this sound normal?

– Danielle in Florida

Danielle,

You should proceed with caution. From the sounds of it, it is a strong possibility that your cosmetic dentist may not be experienced or artistically inclined in the aesthetics that are required to do beautiful cosmetic dentistry work.

It sure sounds like the laboratory is telling your dentist what should happen, when the dentist truly is the one that should be directed the lab. It is absolutely the dentist’s responsibility to provide instructions as to the exact size, shape, and appearance of porcelain veneers.¬† It may be in your best interest to seek a second opinion from an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Lumineers are simply a particular brand of porcelain veneers. And a true cosmetic dentist will be able to create beauty and recommend the right brand for your specific case. That said, it is difficult to make any other specific recommendations based on the little information you have provided. But as far as moving forward with Lumineers or even the dental bonding that your current dentist is considering, you need to seek another opinion before committing to anything further. Cosmetic dentistry can be very expensive and you deserve to have a smile that you will absolutely fall in love with.

The good news is that you haven’t proceeded to far into the smile design process as of yet. Good luck to you!

Remember, not just any dentist can do this kind of highly artistic work well, even if they tell you otherwise. Ask for references and a portfolio of similar cases.

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Discoloration on my porcelain veneers

I decided to improve the appearance of my smile with four porcelain veneers on my top teeth. I have had them for many years now, but I noticed that I am getting a little gray staining on the edge of one of them. I think it may be a result of a cleaning I had at the dentist. I have no idea if it was really from the cleaning or if that is when I coincidentally happened to notice it. I feel like the cosmetic dentist that I have been seeing is reputable and the staff should be trained to care for patients with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Do you know if there is a way that I can clean the edge to remove the staining?

– Paul in Pennsylvania

Paul,

It is always quite difficult to make specific recommendations without having seen your case in person, or to have not seen photographs. You also failed to mention how many years you have had the veneers on your upper teeth.

Generally speaking, porcelain veneers have a solid reputation for being highly stain resistant. In fact, porcelain as a restoration material is actually more stain-resistant than your natural tooth enamel. The color should remain relatively consistent. So when an individual does see some staining, it is usually from a couple factors. First, the porcelain veneer’s surface may have been damaged. This means that the glaze that seals the veneer may have broken down which could have taken place from the use of polishing equipment or acidic cleaning agents. Another possibility is that something is showing through underneath the porcelain veneer.

Since you didn’t specify, let us make the assumption that the veneers are over 10 years old, even up to 15-20 years old. Also, let’s assume that the staining you are referring to begins at the edge of the veneer for approximately one millimeter. For this assumption, let’s state the the staining is only taking place on the very edge of the porcelain veneer. So if all of these assumptions are true, then leakage is likely the culprit of your staining. Therefore, the seal has broken and tiny particles are becoming lodged between your natural tooth and the veneer itself. The proper terminology is microleakage. It is important to meet with your cosmetic dentist to have this evaluated. Microleakage that is left unattended has the potential to form tooth decay.

If you are dealing with microleakage, than polishing will not take care of the problem. The best course of action would be fore the porcelain veneer to be replaced.

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My porcelain veneer is broken from grinding.

I have dealt with grinding my teeth for a long time. I’ve seen a TMJ dentist that had me get a night guard. This TMJ treatment has helped a lot.

Well, several months ago, I decided I wanted to improve the look of my smile. So I went ahead and got porcelain veneers done. One night I didn’t wear my night guard and I woke up to a broken veneer. I guess it cracked while I was asleep. Do you think the dentist will replace it for me without charging me?

– Lidia in Florida

Lidia,

As far as getting the porcelain veneer replaced, it is truly up to the dentist. Since the grinding is something that you have dealt with for years, there is no obligation that the dentist must replace the veneer, from a legal perspective. But there are many cosmetic dentists or TMJ specialists that also do cosmetic dentistry that may sympathize with you. Hopefully your dentist is one of these, since it has only been a few months.

There is always a possibility that you will only pay the lab fee, as long as you agree to continue wearing your night guard. That said, it all depends on the directions your dentist gave you when the veneers were placed. If you were already warned about the cautions of forgetting to wear the night guard for your TMJ treatment, they may not feel too bad about the situation. Then again, if there was no warning about the mouth guard given, than you may be able to make a stronger case for yourself.

It also isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that the porcelain veneer that broke can be repaired. A good cosmetic dentist may be able to use dental bonding to reapply the veneer. This all depends on how and where the veneer broke and if it was a clean break. It is also extremely important to see a cosmetic dentist that has an expert skill level.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

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