I’m so frustrated. I had porcelain veneers done on my top teeth years ago and never had problems with them. In fact, I loved them so much I saved up to get them on my bottom teeth too. At the time, we just whitened my lower arch. Unfortunately, I had to go to a different dentist because mine relocated due to his wife’s new job, which was apparently a big enough deal for him to up and start his practice over in another state. The new doc had a little trouble matching the color to my old veneers which kind of ticked me off because I gave him the exact specifications of my top veneers. Yet, somehow they still came back looking way too dark. I wouldn’t let him place them and asked him to fix the color. The second set that came back were noticeably whiter than the top teeth. But, he permanently bonded them without double checking with me first, so I was stuck with them. I had to leave the country for an educational thing. I thought I’d wait until after the trip to deal with it and see if I still thought they were noticeably different. I remembered my Zoom whitening color calmed down after a couple of weeks. But, while I was out of town two of them broke, just broke. I called my dentist and he said he “insures” his veneers for two years. I’ve never had a veneer break. How can I find out if my batch is defective? I don’t want to get just past the two years and have more of them break. Though, honestly, I’m still not happy with the color.
I’ve got to tell you, you’ve put up with a lot more than you should have. Based on what you said, he placed the second set of porcelain veneers without your express permission. That is unethical. He’s always supposed to get your verbal confirmation before proceeding. On top of that, you’ve had disastrous results with the coloring.
While you can often get away with your lower arch of teeth being slightly darker, especially because they are further back than your top teeth. However, when your lower teeth are whiter, you even said noticeably whiter, then it’s going to look weird.
Unlike with your teeth whitening, this color won’t calm down. Your porcelain veneers will always be that color unless they’re damaged. That’s part of the allure of porcelain veneers. They’re even more stain resistant than your natural teeth.
How Strong Are Porcelain Veneers?
Your porcelain veneers don’t get their strength from the porcelain. In fact, you could crush porcelain veneers between two fingers if you wanted to. What gives them their strength is the bonding. If one broke, it means your dentist improperly bonded them.
I’m going to be honest with you. Your dentist is a disaster when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. You have a great case for a refund. In fact, here is a great post by a colleague of mine which tells you how to go about getting a refund from a dentist. For you, it should be easier because he behaved unethically. He won’t want to be reported to the dental board.
So, once you’ve gotten a refund, how do you go about finding a cosmetic dentist who will do as good a job as your first one? Look at Dr. Morgan’s credentials to get an idea of what type of dentist you want. But, you’ll want to make sure you like their results. There are a couple of ways to do that. First, look at their smile gallery to see what type of results they get. Next you can look at their reviews. Sites such as Yelp! and Google are a fantastic resource. I will also tell you that most excellent cosmetic dentists have a beautiful smile guarantee. Don’t go to one who doesn’t.
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