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FAQ:  Porcelain Veneers


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    Veneer Questions Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
    Feel funny - not very white: I just got my permanent veneers put on and I do not like them.

    I liked the temps, but when I visited with the lab, he told me they could get them even whiter, they did not. They are also a lot shorter, it feels as if I am biting top directly on the bottom, it doesn't look like that but it feels like a scraping affect.

    Can these veneers be taken off and new ones put on? I do not want to damage my permanent teeth. ... Visitor from TX

    Answer:
    Yes, the permanent veneers can be cut off just like preparing your teeth and not do any damage to your teeth.

    Importance of Wax Up Modeling

    I do a wax replica of the proposed new smile on models of your teeth before touching the teeth. You can see what this looks like before we begin.

    Then, I make a template of the proposed smile and use that as a temporary to let the patient "test drive" the new smile while the veneers are being fabricated.

    If necessary, I will make changes to the temporary for midline correction, difficulty speaking, etc. and send the amended temporary to the lab so that our result is exactly what we predicted.

    Dentistry is an art and a science where results are predictable if all the steps are followed.

    I am concerned about the scraping effect you described. Porcelain can wear the teeth it is scraping against. I would recommend that you see if this can be adjusted and I recommend a night guard for all of my veneer cases to prevent breaking and wear.

    Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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