I am really unhappy with how my porcelain veneers turned out. The shine is way too much and now they look fake. I literally reflect light when photos are taken of me. Is it possible to get this fixed without damaging the porcelain veneers?
-Pam in Michigan
Beautiful porcelain veneers are like art. The shine and texture of the veneers is often overlooked. Most patients care deeply about the shape and color. But, the texture goes a long way in making them look natural and lifelike. From what you have described, it sounds like the veneers are very flat. This results in fake-looking teeth.
Take a look at this example in the photo. You probably cannot tell which tooth has a porcelain crown on it. See for yourself.
The surfaces of the teeth were intentionally given texture, which looks natural. Teeth cannot be made too perfect, or the result is a failure. The texture provides just enough shine.
Unfortunately, there is a strong possibility that the dentist that did your porcelain veneers may not be a true cosmetic dentist. Far too many general dentists get in over their head with cosmetic dentistry. In order to do beautiful cosmetic dentistry requires extensive training beyond dental school. Sadly, the average patient doesn’t know this and trusts a dentist when they say they can deliver.
Most excellent cosmetic dentists will offer what they refer to as a beautiful smile guarantee. This gives the patient multiple times to see exactly what the new porcelain veneers will look like, though photographs and temporary try-ins. Then, if they don’t look perfect, there is time to make adjustments at the lab before they are permanently bonded in place. An expert cosmetic dentist wants you to absolutely fall in love with your new smile and won’t be satisfied until you do.
At this point, there are things that can be done to reduce the shine on your porcelain veneers. A Prophy Jet used by a dental hygienist will remove some of the glaze. But keep in mind, the veneers will be more susceptible to collecting stain and may not look more natural with this technique.
Why don’t you try talking with the dentist that did them about having them redone? Ultimately, it doesn’t sound like you are satisfied and you deserve to be happy with the result. If indeed the dentist agrees, be sure to request an opportunity to approve them before they are cemented in.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS