I spent a fortune on porcelain veneers. I was under the impression that they could completely change the look of your teeth. I had short teeth that looked kind of square to me. My dentist assured me that he could make them beautiful, but I’m disappointed in the results. My teeth are the exact same shape. The only difference is they’re whiter. He says that’s as good as they get. I could have just had my teeth whitened and saved myself thousands of dollars. Was I mistaken about what they could do? Am I being too picky?
Willow M. – California
No, you didn’t have unrealistic expectations. Porcelain veneers, when done properly, can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth.
The biggest problem is likely to be the dentist who did the cosmetic work. Two dentists can use the exact same materials, trying to create the exact same smiles, and end up with completely different results. Artistry is an important part of cosmetic dentistry. Some dentist’s have invested the time to learn it and some haven’t.
If I were in your place, I’d seek a second opinion with a dentist who has more expertise in cosmetic dentistry. Preferably a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There is a difference between a member of the AACD and an accredited member. Accreditation is what you’re looking for.
They can certainly redo your smile to give you the smile of your dreams. In fact, many of them including Dr. Cha, have a beautiful smile guarantee.
It’s possible he can get you at least a partial refund from your old dentist, but that’s not written in stone.
It’s worth it if you have to drive to get an accredited dentist. I don’t know what part of California you live in, but I do know they have a few accredited dentists in your state.
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