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    Question:
    Big mistake about getting Veneers: I really hope you can help me.

    I am severely depressed. I made a big mistake about getting Veneers done on my top teeth. They have already been prepped.

    Is there anything else I can do instead? I am still wearing temps. I have been in temps for several months now and I realized veneers are not for me.

    I have heard about bonding the teeth. Is this possible? I was prepped for wrap around Veneers. ...Visitor from VA

    Answer:
    I wish I could wave a magic wand and reverse your veneer preparations, but it is not possible. I wonder what has caused your cold feet about completing your cosmetic makeover.

    Since your teeth have been prepped for veneers and even had the preps extend to the back surfaces of the teeth, simply applying direct bonding to the teeth would be a poor alternative to having the porcelain veneers completed.

    The surface area that would have to be bonded is too large to properly support the resin. They would end up chipping or breaking and pick up a lot of staining, which is the exact opposite of well fabricated, stong, stain-free beautiful porcelain veneers.

    I'm sure you realize that you cannot continue to wear the plastic/resin temporaries forever,as they will break down, stain and may even decay from the sides. You need to understand why you had wanted a smile makeover in the first place, and what changed your mind.

    If you are not confident that the dentist who started your case is not skilled enough to provide a beautiful result, then seek out someone who has more experience for a consultation. You can call the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) for a few of their highly skilled cosmetic dentists in your area.

    It is in your best interest to see someone you are comfortable with to help you overcome your fear,and to help you achieve a beautiful smile. A great cosmetic dentist will be happy to work with you to develope the smile of your dreams.

    In fact they can have the cosmetic porcelain artist they work with, wax-up an exact replica of the smile you are interested in. If the wax up is not to your liking, no problem, work with it until it is perfect. This approved wax up of your dream smile is now the perfect blue print (or should I say "white-print") for the artist to follow.

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