I’m a little frustrated and trying to find out what to do. I had a full set of porcelain veneers done—ten on top and ten on bottom. The bottom ones are significantly whiter than the top ones. I asked my dentist to re-do them before bonding them on because I wanted the bottom and top to match. I even knew exactly what color the top was A-2. When the new ones came in, he bonded them on without even letting me see them. I didn’t even realize he was doing it. Then when I looked at them, they still don’t match. Am I stuck with these now that they’re bonded?
If you’re telling me this dentist placed your porcelain veneers on without your approval, then he could be sued for malpractice. They’re supposed to get your expressed permission before moving forward with any procedure. That alone gives you a good case to get a refund.
You aren’t stuck with them per se, but they will have to be replaced. You can often get away with a top arch looking brighter than a bottom, but the opposite looks unnatural and will draw attention. You will want to have them redone.
Who Should Fix Your Porcelain Veneers?
You don’t want just anyone to fix these because you could end up in the same type of situation. I’m going to suggest you look at the smile galleries of several dentists in your area. Make sure you like the type of results they get. And not just, “Oh that looks okay.” But, someone who’s smile makeovers make you long to have that smile. Something that makes you go “Wow!”
When you find a dentist who gives those type of results, check for two more things. First, look at some of their patient reviews. Sites such as Yelp and Google always have patient reviews. There’s also the Rate Your Doctor site. You’ll want to make sure patients have had good experiences with the dentist and they’re easy to work with.
Finally, make sure they have some form of beautiful smile guarantee. You want to be certain you’ll get the exact smile you wanted.
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