I need some advice. I had a chipped tooth my old dentist repaired with bonding. I’ve moved out of state so have a new dentist. My chip repair broke. I spoke to my new dentist and she said bonding can’t be redone and I’d need a crown. I didn’t want to grind away a healthy tooth for a tiny chip, so suggested a porcelain veneer. They don’t require grinding. She agreed. When the veneer was ready she gave me a peek at it. The size, shape, and color seemed okay. She bonded it on and said I was good to go. When I got to the car I finally got a look at it in my mouth. Though the color was okay, it wasn’t an exact match for the rest of my teeth. I probably could have lived with that, but the veneer was put on crooked! I walked back into the office. They said once it’s bonded, there’s nothing that can be changed. It’s bonded. Is there no way to fix this? This looks worse than my tiny chip.
Samantha B. – New Mexico
There’s quite a bit that bothers me about your case. First, dental bonding CAN be re-done. I have no idea why she told you it couldn’t, except maybe she’s not skilled in it and tried to steer you to something else.
I also agree with you that a dental crown for a small chip is overkill; so is a porcelain veneer, but that was still better than a crown. The next thing I have a problem with is the way they handled “showing” you the veneer. Based on what you wrote, they never even did a try-in paste to allow you to see your veneer before they bonded it on. Though, based on the fact that they bonded it on crookedly, I’m not sure it would have mattered.
Unfortunately, the only thing she was right about is that you can’t make changes to the veneer once it’s bonded. She should give you a refund and then you can have it done somewhere else, by a more competent cosmetic dentist. In your place, I’d look for a dentist who has some sort of beautiful smile guarantee.
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