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I am having trouble getting used to the feel of my porcelain veneers on my top teeth. Ten teeth were prepped which I call grinding down to a toothpick. The porcelain veneers feel bulky and as if this big huge thing is attached to the end of my teeth which I will never get rid of for the rest of my life. I had some crowns also.

I feel the teeth are too big, large, and humongous. I also have sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, and acid. When I am speaking I feel a slight pain. I feel some discomfort when I chew also. I don't think my smile has necessarily changed for the better. I am wondering why I felt I hated my original teeth so much and now I am going in to counseling to understand this part of me.

I was always told that I had significant bone loss and my teeth were descending. I became very self-conscious and was ashamed of my looks and smile always thinking it made me look older or that people were laughing at me behind my back. I was always told that I was not a candidate for braces.

Now I am remorseful and still not happy with the new teeth. Will I ever smile again? Will there be a day when I am not aware of the sensation of this bulky thing in my mouth? Will I get used to the new look? Will I always experience pain and sensitivity for the rest of my life?

It has been three weeks since the permanent ones are on. I don't understand why I am so unhappy after I have investigated this and chose this option as opposed to total removal of teeth. Perhaps you can shed light and reassurance. ...Visitor from NJ

Answer:
I'm so sorry to hear that you're not sure about your cosmetic dental treatment. We find that most patients who choose to do these elective procedures are thrilled with the result and never regret their decision to have done it.

Of course there is a settling in period if the size, or shape of the teeth were changed dramatically. Sensitivity to cold may linger for a short while after the final veneers are bonded in.

It is possible that the teeth are too big for you. They should look and feel natural; floss should pass easily between like a natural tooth.

I would say give them a short while and see how they feel. If you're still not sure, talk to your dentist or seek a second opinion to see what another dentist thinks.

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