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Veneers Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti
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Bulky buck teeth veneers: I had my 2 front teeth replaced with porcelain veneers.

They stick out like buck teeth, set too forward, bulky, too wide, flare out at bottom. I went back and had the dentist grind them down some and they are still too big.

If they are ground down too much on the surface, will they fall off or not last as long? I paid $1295. per tooth and hate them. The temporary teeth were much nicer and natural.

He is not a perfectionist obviously. I don't want to go back to him. Will it cost a lot to have them ground down, re-shaped and polised? They are too opaque also and dull looking.

I feel like I really got taken. ... Visitor from TX

Answer:
I'm sorry to hear of your dental problems. Yes, the veneers will become weaker as they are ground down.

I would suggest a long talk with the dentist about your expectations versus the results. I assume that he would want to make you happy. This would require redoing them, but it would be better to redo than have somebody who is unhappy talking about your work.

You might contact the local dental society and ask about Peer Review if the dentist does not respond favorably to your requests. Warn the dentist first before doing this.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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