I have porcelain veneers that I haven’t been pleased with. From the beginning, they have looked fake. I think the problem is they are overly shiny. It’s not a natural shine, but almost blinding. I don’t know what caused that. My dentist thinks they’re fine, but I’m hoping there is a way to get the shine a bit less. Any ideas?
You should know it is the glaze on the porcelain is what gives the porcelain veneers their shine. It is also what protects the veneers from stains. I’m going to take a very tiny leap here and say there is likely one big difference between the veneers you see above and the ones placed on your teeth. If you look at the image of the teeth above, you will see that there are ridges and texture. My guess is yours are flat. Without the texture, they will have an unnatural, too bright shine.
You can remove the glaze simply. However, you do not want to do that. Because, if you do your porcelain veneers will have no protection and will quickly begin picking up stains. That will cause them to look pretty shabby.
My recommendation is pretty simple. You paid for a beautiful smile and you deserve to get one. Ask you dentist to re-do the smile.
I can tell your dentist isn’t a true cosmetic dentist just by the fact you said he told you it looks fine. Those who invest time in cosmetic dentistry know that it is the patient who determines how beautiful the results of the smile makeover are. For instance, Dr. Krutchick would use a temporary try-in paste to place your porcelain veneers. Then you’d get a great look at them. If you weren’t thrilled, they would not be bonded on your teeth. If you weren’t, they would go right back to the lab. Some dentists, like Dr. Krutchick, call this a beautiful smile guarantee.
If you don’t think your dentist has the skills to create a smile you’ll love, you could just ask for a refund and have another dentist do it. If you go that route, look for a dentist recommended by mynewsmile.com. You can search specifically in your area. This website pre-screens cosmetic dentists for their training, technical knowledge and artistic ability.
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