Another Cosmetic Dentist Horror Story

I don’t know what to do. I had a chipped tooth on my front teeth which had been fixed with bonding. I’d since moved and the bonding needed to be repaired. My new dentist said veneers were a more longterm solution. I agreed, but when he went to do them he noticed I had fillings and said they couldn’t be done. Instead, he suggested I get crowns. I’ve always been of the opinion the professional knows best, but now I’m doubting myself. The crowns looked fine when he showed them to me, but on my teeth they are grayish in color and I haven’t smiled since I received them. Do you have any helpful suggestions? What went wrong?

Lara

Dear Lara,

photo of a chipped front tooth
Fixing a chipped tooth should be a no-brainer for a good cosmetic dentist

I’m so sorry this has happened to you. In fact, I’m guessing your smile looks worse now than before. The only thing that went wrong is you trusted in an incompetent cosmetic dentist you shouldn’t have. I know it’s natural to trust your medical professional. In no way am I blaming you. It sounds like your dentist is trying to dabble in cosmetic dentistry but doesn’t yet have either the knowledge or the skill.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number One

The standard repair for a chipped tooth is dental bonding, so your previous dentist was right about that. Suggesting a porcelain veneer would normally be considered a massive overtreatment. There was one thing your new dentist said correctly. The veneers do last longer than bonding, but they’re much more expensive.

Porcelain veneers are used to do total smile makeovers. They’re an incredible procedure and can completely transform a smile in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist. But, it’s a huge expense for a simple chipped tooth. Either he doesn’t know how to do dental bonding or he was just trying to squeeze more money out of you.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Two

Having fillings would not have kept you from getting porcelain veneers. The bonding would have worked just fine. This leads me to believe your dentist doesn’t understand the basics about his field.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Three

He didn’t do a try-in of your porcelain crowns. How they look on your teeth is completely different than how they look before they’re bonded. The part of your natural tooth structure that is left effects the coloring. That’s why experienced cosmetic dentists will use a temporary try-in paste so you can see them and give approval of the true appearance before permanent bonding.

Where Do You Go From Here?

In your place, I’d ask for a refund and go to a skilled cosmetic dentist to have this case re-done. He lied to you about the fillings and did a poor job on the crowns. Unfortunately, because dental crowns require a severe grinding down of your natural teeth, you’re stuck with them. You’ll have to have crowns made again. The good news is, in the hands of an artistic dentist, you can have a gorgeous smile once more.

To find that dentist, look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Invisalign for Minor Ortho Spacing

I had the full deal of braces when I was younger. They worked fine but I never really wore my retainer. As a result, I have some minor spacing issues, especially on my lower arch. I know now how stupid that was, but hindsight is 20/20. Now that I’m an adult, it bugs me. You can’t tell when I’m smiling but I know the spaces are visible when I talk. I’m too old for another mouth full of braces, but am wondering if Invisalign a good option for someone in my position?

Monica

Dear Monica,

A woman inserting her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

Don’t beat yourself up too much. You’re not the first teenager to skip their retainer and I’m more than certain you won’t be the last. Invisalign will be a great option for you. In fact, if all you have is minor spacing issues, you’re probably a good candidate for Invisalign Express. It shouldn’t take very long and it’s just as Invisible. You’ll have those spacing issues fixed in no time.

I can tell your smile is important to you. As it is one of the first things people notice about you, it’s good that you do. First impressions matter, especially if you’re involved in the business world.

There’s an additional benefit to Invisalign you might be interested in.

Invisalign and Teeth Whitening

If your teeth have picked up stains over the years, teeth whitening can remove them making you look years younger. On its own, it’s an affordable smile makeover. Combined with Invisalign it’s like getting two for one. That’s because your aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. All you’ll need is to purchase some professional whitening gel from your dentist.

Going All Out

If you’re happy with your smile, other than the spacing, then the above is all you really need. However, if there’s anything you’d wished you could change about your smile that you thought was impossible, it’s not.

With porcelain veneers, you can change absolutely anything—the shape of your teeth, their size, their color, even their character. They’re a total smile makeover. The only trick is making sure you get a skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist to do them. They’re an advanced procedure which requires both post-graduate training and some natural artistic skill.

You can find one by going on mynewsmile.com. They research cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed. Only those with the highest technical skill, who can give you a gorgeous smile make it.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.