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Saving Money on Porcelain Veneers

My husband calls me the frugality queen. I do like to save as much money as possible. He knew I’ve always been disappointed about the condition of my smile because my parents never took us to the dentist. For our anniversary, he purchased a smile makeover for me. When I found out how much it was I almost had a stroke. I did some checking around and this dentist is higher than most of the cosmetic dentists in our area. There are several who will do it for thousands of dollars less. Would it be possible to switch to one of the more affordable dentists?

Karyn

Dear Karyn,

Porcelain veneers being placed on a tooth

While I’m sure your husband appreciates the ways you try to save him money. This is one area where looking for a more affordable dentist could actually be disastrous. Do this one little thing before you write off the more pricey dentist. Look on the mynewsmile.com website and look up cosmetic dentists in your area. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you found his name on there.

This site lists expert cosmetic dentists, after verifying both their technical skill and artistry. They cannot just pay to be listed. It’s extremely useful because you can feel secure that any dentist listed on their site will give you a stunning smile. Creating porcelain veneers is an art form. To do them right takes significant skill.

Why Not Get a Cheap Cosmetic Dentist?

There are thousands of cosmetic dentistry horror stories. In fact, at our office, we’ve had to repair quite a few of those. Patients come to us after their family dentist tried to give them a smile makeover. They can be a great family dentist, but often they’re in way over their head when it comes to remaking a smile with porcelain veneers.

One such lady came to us in tears. Her brand new smile was much worse than the original smile she went to her dentist in the hopes of improving. Now she’s out thousands of dollars and has to start over.

Here’s what I suggest. Check out all the dentist’s qualifications. If they’re all listed on mynewsmile.com, then you can price shop. But, I’d take the additional steps of looking at their smile gallery to see if you like the type of results they get. Then, check out their reviews online. You want to be sure they’re pleasant to work with. Finally, call and ask if they have a beautiful smile guarantee.

Any expert cosmetic dentist will stand behind his or her work.

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

Can Porcelain Veneers Cause Bleeding Gums?

I just had porcelain veneers placed about six months ago. I noticed a month or so afterward that my gums would occasionally bleed when I brushed my teeth. I invested in a water pick to make sure I was getting everything I could, but it didn’t help. I had my six-month check up this week and the hygienist said it looks like I’m developing the start of gum disease. Because this started shortly after I got my porcelain veneers, could they be the cause?

Miriam

Dear Miriam,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer

It sounds like you’re doing everything right and taking good care of your smile. While I do suspect the porcelain veneers are involved in what’s going on with your teeth and gums, they are definitely not the reason.

Porcelain veneers do not cause bleeding gums. Poorly placed porcelain veneers can, though. If you went to an inexperienced cosmetic dentist, they may not even realize they’re the cause. This is just business as usual for them.

Do a Porcelain Veneer Check

I want you to find an expert cosmetic dentist in your area. Look on the mynewsmile.com website. A dentist can request to be placed on their list, but they can’t pay to be listed. Instead, they have to pass some stringent requirements. Dr. Hall, who runs the site, verifies their training, their technical skill in cosmetic procedures, as well as their artistry in creating beautiful smiles. If they don’t meet his stringent requirements, they won’t get listed. It’s that simple.

Have one of their recommended dentists check your porcelain veneers. Let them know what is going on but not who did your smile makeover. That’s just a precaution in case they’re friends with your dentist. You don’t want them to feel torn between honesty and protecting their friend’s reputation.

There are two possible causes for what I suspect is happening to you.

  • Excess cement or bonding material

If your dentist didn’t get all the bonding material away from your gums, it could be causing irritation to your gums and that would lead to bleeding.

  • Bulky Margins

In the dental industry, bulky margins simply mean the porcelain veneers aren’t sitting flush against your teeth as they should. Instead, you’ll have a ledge and uneven edges. Things can become trapped on the ledge, which breeds bacteria. That, in turn, will lead to gum disease and decay. This will need to be repaired or you’ll end up needing fillings on the edges of your veneers.

Your dentist should fix either of these issues free of charge. You may need the testimony of the other cosmetic dentist to “convince” him though.

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Disappointed Dentist Said No to Porcelain Veneers

I wanted to get porcelain veneers. I’ve got several chipped teeth and ugly stains. I asked my dentist to give me porcelain veneers to fix them, but he said no. When I asked him why he said because as the dentist he’d know what would work and what wouldn’t. He did say he was willing to whiten my teeth but thinks veneers would be a mistake. I think I’d be okay with his decision if he would just tell me why. What am I missing?

Caryn

Dear Caryn,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer

I think the biggest thing you’re missing is a dentist who understands cosmetic dentistry. Yours obviously doesn’t and rather than admit that he tries to lord over you with the “I’m the doc and you’re not” comment. That’s a complete cop-out and unfair to you. If he’s going to tell you no, he owes it to you to tell you why.

My guess is (and this is truly just a guess) is that he doesn’t know how to do the procedure. He also didn’t suggest any alternatives for you outside of giving you teeth whitening. What about the chips on your teeth?

What if You’re Not a Porcelain Veneers Candidate?

The first thing I’m going to suggest to you is to get a second opinion. Porcelain veneers are a great procedure for the two issues you’ve described. They can give your teeth a brilliant white color while repairing the chips at the same time. In fact, they can even change the shape of your teeth if you’re interested in that. Because of that, I’d like you to find out if there truly is a reason for you not to get them.

If for some reason you are not a good candidate, all is not lost. There are options. First, go ahead with the teeth whitening. Next, for the chipped teeth. Dental bonding can fix chips very well. The reason you want to do the whitening first is so your dentist can match the bonding to the new color of your teeth. The bonding won’t whiten after it’s placed on your teeth.

Who Should Place Your Porcelain Veneers?

Let’s assume for the moment that you are a good candidate. Your dentist likely did you a favor by not agreeing to do your procedure. You wouldn’t have gotten a beautiful smile. What you need is an expert cosmetic dentist. To find one in your area, I’d check the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend artistic, skilled cosmetic dentists. Make sure they have some form of beautiful smile guarantee.

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