Unhappy with porcelain veneers

I’ve got some porcelain veneers, but I’m unhappy with their color. I wasn’t really given time to look at them carefully before they were bonded on. Is there anything I can do?

Lisa W. from Little Rock


I’m sorry to tell you that once the veneers are bonded on the only way to change anything is to remove them and start the whole process over. That is why at Hope Restorative we have what is called a Beautiful Smile Guarantee. It is relatively easy to make changes to porcelain veneers before the bonding process. A true cosmetic dentist feels that the patient is the final judge of the beauty of the cosmetic work and will make as many changes as necessary before permanently bonding on the veneers.

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What is the warranty on dental implants?

I wonder if you could tell me what the typical warranty is on dental implants? I had an implant done over a year ago.  I’ve had to clean it after every meal because food gets caught in the top of the crown. Now the crown is cracked and the food goes deeper inside. What should I do?

Brian from Minneapolis


Dentists don’t generally have warranties on their implants because there are so many factors involved in successful dental implants, including whether the patient properly cared for them. However, dentists do have integrity. Many are willing to stand behind their work. A porcelain crown should not crack after one year. Your dentist should be willing to replace it free of charge, though he or she is under no legal obligation to do so.

So you know for next time, food should not have gotten trapped in it to begin with. If that ever happens again, I’d get back with your dentist right away.

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