Cracked Veneer

I received a small inheritance. I chose to have my teeth fixed with porcelain veneers, because I’ve been embarrassed about my smile my whole life. I did a lot of research and chose the best cosmetic dentist I could find, knowing it would be more expensive. So, five months ago I got eight porcelain veneers. I LOVE them. He lengthened my teeth and made them look straight, white, and they have a sparkley brilliance to them that thrills me. They are gorgeous and now I love to smile. For some reason there recently became a crack on the top part of an incisor. I don’t think I did anything to cause the crack. In fact, I treat my teeth like priceless heirlooms. Here is my problem. I cannot afford to go to this dentist for all my regular things, but I didn’t tell them that. I planned on just getting my cosmetic work done and then going back to my general (and much more inexpensive) dentist. How do I go back for this crack and face them knowing I won’t be using them as my dentist?

Sara- Ft. Worth, TX

Sara,

You are obviously a very kind person to worry about something like that. However, most expert cosmetic dentists know that some patients only come to them for their cosmetic skills. They will not hold that against you.

Something else that should make you feel better is the fact that porcelain veneers generally last for years and will not crack after just a few months. Sometimes this kind of crack will happen due to stress. This is not your fault or the dentists. He’ll probably need to replace that veneer, and will may even do it free of charge because of the length of time you’ve had them.

Just call them and explain the situation.

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A fix for a chipped tooth

I was in a car accident and somehow managed to chip my tooth on my phone. (No lectures on not texting and driving please. I’ve already learned my lesson.) My friend recommended I get Lumineers, but when I priced it, that was way out of my budget. Is there another option?

Alexa T.- Delaware

Alexa,

I’ll be honest, even if you could afford Lumineers, I wouldn’t recommend them to you. First, they tend to be a little bulky. Second, their lab is not known for producing beautiful results. ¬†Also, Lumineers are just a brand of porcelain veneers, so you could get much better results with just a different brand.

If you’re not to a place where getting a porcelain veneer, then I would suggest dental bonding to fix your chip. ¬†This uses a white composite material, that has a putty like texture your dentist can use to shape to your tooth and then hardens.

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