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
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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