I’m really angry. I was under the impression that medical personnel, such as doctors and dentists, had to treat patients who come to them. I’m getting married in a few months. Having a gorgeous smile is something I’ve dreamed about for years and have always planned on getting porcelain veneers. With my wedding coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to do it. This way my wedding album will be stunning. But, my anal retentive dentist says until I get rid of my tongue ring, he won’t give me porcelain veneers. Can he do that? Why would he even care if I have a tongue ring?
First, let me congratulate you on your upcoming wedding. That’s an exciting time in a couples life and launches a whole new adventure for you and your husband to share together. I wish you all the happiness life can bring.
With the most important day of your life coming up, it makes total sense that you’d want a smile makeover. Choosing porcelain veneers was a fantastic decision. With the right dentist, they can make stunningly beautiful smiles.
Is it possible that one of the reasons you wanted a smile makeover is because you have chipped teeth? When patients come in with an oral piercing, it’s not unusual to see chipped and cracked teeth as the tongue ring or bar bangs against the surrounding teeth. Piercing cause a tremendous amount of damage to your smile. While we do the repairs, we often view it as a losing battle, knowing they’ll be back soon enough with more chips, etc.
Another common issue which comes up with piercings is shifting teeth. Many patients subconsciously suck on the tongue ring, not realizing the pressure from their suction causes their teeth to shift out of alignment.
Many cosmetic dentists view their work on smile makeovers as a piece of art. I’m guessing the dentist you went to is one of them. That’s usually a good sign because they care a great deal about the results. Unfortunately for you, he seems unwilling to do work on a patient whom he’s sure will ruin it quickly with chips.
I understand your tongue piercing is likely a part of your identity. If it means that much to you to keep it, be assured you will be able to find a dentist who’ll be willing to place your porcelain veneers even with your piercings. However, just be certain they’re an expert, artistic cosmetic dentist, and don’t expect it to stay perfect if you keep the piercing.
Check out their smile gallery. That’s where they place examples of the cases they’re most proud of. If you don’t like what you see there, move onto another option. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure they have some form of a beautiful smile guarantee. Check out what their guarantee is to make sure it works in your favor and they’re confident you’ll be thrilled with the results.
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