I was under the impression that porcelain veneers can completely reshape a smile. I have uneven gums and they hang down a little low. I told my dentist exactly what I wanted, a broader, longer, and whiter smile. While they are a little whiter, not much else has changed. In fact, the whiter teeth seem to emphasize all the other problems. Was I wrong about porcelain veneers? My dentist says his veneers are gorgeous and I’m being unrealistic. Am I?
Olivia M. – Hartford, CT
I think the biggest problem is your dentist likely hasn’t done a great deal of study in cosmetic dentistry. If he had, he’d have known the symmetry of your smile and the excess gum tissue needed to be dealt with prior to taking your impressions. So, gum recontouring is something done in tandem with the porcelain veneers.
Your best bet is to see if he’ll just refund your money and let you have the procedure done over by a more experienced cosmetic dentist.
You were right that porcelain veneers can broaden and lengthen a smile, as well. What you’ve learned through this experience, though, is it isn’t always about the materials. It’s also about the dentist and the amount of skill he or she has.
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