I had four porcelain veneers placed and my teeth have ended up multi-colored. First, I have the color of my natural teeth that are next to the four veneers. Then, there is one that is the white color I wanted. The other two are varying shades of gray. One of the teeth was grayer to begin with. The dentist told me that wouldn’t be a problem because they could just make that porcelain veneer thicker. It is thicker, but the colors are still different. Plus, you can tell the one is thicker. What worries me the most are the gray ones because one of them started off white. Is there a way to make this look normal?
Your dentist may have been well-intentioned, but he or she was in way over his head. Many patients do not realize that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. Any general dentist can do cosmetic procedures. In addition, smile makeovers are not taught in dental school. Instead, it is dependent upon the dentist to decide if and how much training they pursue.
A second issue in regard to cosmetic dentistry is that doing a smile makeover is actually an art form. Like any art, some artists are more skilled than others. Two artists can have the same canvas, paints, and subject yet produce vastly different results.
Your dentist does not appear to have invested much in cosmetic training, neglecting even the most basic detail. For instance, you mentioned your natural tooth color doesn’t match your porcelain veneers. It would be rare if they did. Most people want a whiter smile than their current natural one. Because of that, when a smile is wider than the number of veneers a patient is getting, a dentist will have you whiten your teeth first. This is so your adjacent teeth will be in a similar shade to your makeover.
I would love to have an image of the tooth that started white but turned gray. However, I can give you some general ideas. If the discoloration is over the entire tooth, it could either be that the glazing has been damaged, which is causing the veneer to pick up stains or possibly it wasn’t porcelain at all.
On the other hand, if the discoloration is splotchy, it is more likely that you have microleakage going on. That happens when the bonding isn’t done properly. Food and other bacteria can get underneath the veneers. This will not only result in staining, but can seriously damage the tooth underneath causing decay.
Your only option in order to get them to look natural and beautiful, will be to have these re-done. I don’t think you will get any better results from your dentist the second time around. My suggestion is you simply ask for a refund and then have a skilled cosmetic dentist re-do your smile makeover properly. The best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. You’ll receive a stunning smile.
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