My Veneers Look Like Chicklets

I spent a pretty penny on porcelain veneers. They look thick and fake, like chicklets. Plus, the visible teeth next to them don’t match which makes it even more obvious they’re fake. Is there anything I can do to fix this? My dentist says I’ll get used to them.

Hannah

Dear Hannah,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer
Getting a beautiful smile makeover requires an expert cosmetic dentist

How disappointing to invest in a smile makeover only to have it look fake. Then, to have your dentist say you’ll “get used to it”. Really? Why would you want to get used to a fake looking smile?

Is it possible your cosmetic dentist gave you a no-prep type of veneer, such as Lumineers? These tend to look bulky and are often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place. I’m pretty sure your dentist falls into that category for two reasons:

True Cosmetic Dentists Know How Many Veneers You Need

You said your teeth next to the porcelain veneers don’t match. That means your dentist didn’t provide enough veneers for the width of your smile. Wider smiles require more porcelain veneers and a great cosmetic dentist would have advised you of that. Additionally, he would have had you whiten your teeth ahead of time so even if some teeth showed which didn’t have veneers, the colors would be close enough not to have an obvious difference in teeth.

True Cosmetic Dentists Aren’t Satisfied Unless You Are

A cosmetic dentist wouldn’t say, “You’ll get used to it.” If you weren’t thrilled with your smile makeover, they’d go back to the drawing board. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.

Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to have your porcelain veneers redone. You can ask the dentist who did yours for at least a partial refund. Let him know you’re having to go elsewhere in order to get this smile makeover done the way you wanted it. If he cares about his work, he’ll want to make this right.

Finding a Great Cosmetic Dentist

Look on the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists who are looking to be listed. They can’t just pay to get on. Instead, they have to demonstrate they have both technical skill and an artistic eye to create gorgeous smiles.

If they’re listed on that site, you’ll get a stunning smile you’ll be proud to show off.

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