I had a smile makeover done. I know the porcelain veneers should have some shine. However, these have so much shine on them that it is obvious they are fake. It’s almost like a shiny white piece of gum. Is there a way to take off some of the shine so they can look more natural? I paid a small fortune for these and I’d like to have something I can feel good about.
You’ve brought up an interesting point about cosmetic dentistry. I wish I had an image of your smile makeover results to give me a better idea of what you’re dealing with. Based on what you described, it sounds like your glazing was done in a flat, uniform type of design. If you look at the teeth in this photograph with work done by Dr. Delaune, you can see that teeth aren’t flat. They are textured. Also, the color is not uniform. Instead, they have varying degrees of opacity throughout the tooth. By the way, only one of the teeth above is “fake”.
The glazing on the tooth is what is responsible for the shine you are experiencing, especially if your dentist did not texture it. However, I am not sure you will want to remove that glazing. It is also what protects your porcelain veneers and makes them stain-resistant. Occasionally, we run into a new patient who had their cosmetic work done at another office. Because that particular office didn’t properly go over cleaning procedures for cosmetic work with their hygienist, she used a power prophy jet during cleaning, which takes the glaze completely off. Within a few days, that patient’s veneers began to pick up stains.
Hopefully, you have a dentist who cares about the patient’s satisfaction with their work. A true cosmetic dentist would never bond your veneers on until you had a chance to look at them with a temporary try-in paste and give your approval. If you weren’t thrilled with the results, they would go back to the lab. It doesn’t sound like you were given that option. That is likely the result of your dentist not having much experience with this yet and therefore doesn’t carry (or may not even know about) these try-in pastes. This is just one of the problems with cosmetic dentistry not being a recognized specialty.
My suggestion is you simply go back to your dentist and explain how you feel about your veneers. You paid for a beautiful smile and should get one. Some cosmetic dentists even have a beautiful smile guarantee. If he or she is not sure how to do it any differently, you can let them see this post.
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