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Porcelain Veneer Fell Off Twice

I had four porcelain veneers placed for my front teeth. I’m having a couple of issues even a few weeks out even though he told me these would last for ten years. First, I wasn’t thinking about how wide my smile was so the teeth next to the porcelain veneers look very dark comparatively. If I whiten my teeth will it damage the porcelain veneers? My second issue is a […]

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Porcelain Veneers and Root Canal Treatments

I had four porcelain veneers placed. Now I have a periapical abscess in one of them and am wondering how to keep the veneer from being ruined. My dentist is sending me to a root canal specialist to have this done and I don’t know if it should be different with a porcelain veneer. Any advice? Laurie Dear Laurie, I can definitely help you here. I am curious, though, why […]

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Dentist’s Disastrous Treatment Plan

I went to see my dentist to get a crown and veneer placed and I have some concerns about his suggested treatment plan. First, some background. I have one dental crown and three porcelain veneers. The reason I wanted the crown replaced is two-fold. First, it has never looked that great. Second, now there is a dark line at the gumline. The porcelain veneer I want to be replaced is […]

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Can You Reduce the Shine on Porcelain Veneers?

I have a problem with my porcelain veneers having an unnatural shine. They are so shiny that it makes it obvious they are fake. Is there a way to reduce the shine some? Katherine Dear Katherine, When porcelain veneers are done correctly, the glazing makes them look very natural. It is also what enables them to be so stain resistant. In fact, they are more stain-resistant than your natural teeth. […]

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My Veneers Keeping Coming Off

I need some advice. I’ve been in tears since getting my porcelain veneers. This has not gone as expected and I feel like a guinea pig. The first unexpected thing came when I discovered she ground my teeth down to little dark nubs. I thought porcelain veneers didn’t need to grind down your teeth that much. But, that isn’t the worst part. I start getting this bad smell, then one […]

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Porcelain Veneers with an Overbite

I have a double whammy against my smile. First, there is my overbite. Then I have horrible tetracycline stains. I went to my dentist in order to get porcelain veneers. He said my overbite means I’m not a candidate for dental implants. I was disappointed to hear that. He wants to do six porcelain crowns instead. If he does, should I whiten my bottom teeth? I don’t think crowns will […]

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Porcelain Veneers for Tetracycline Stains

I have struggled with embarrassing tetracycline stains my whole life. I’m about to graduate college and have a job which will allow me to finally get my smile fixed. I spoke with my family dentist and he wants to do dental crowns. I’m a little leery of this because, other than the stains, my teeth are completely healthy. I’m not sure I want to grind them down. I asked about […]

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Whiten Old Porcelain Veneers

I had porcelain veneers placed fifteen years ago. Mine have a natural stain on them because my dentist said all veneers are that way to make them look natural. This was before they could be made super white. I’d like to whiten them now. Does teeth whitening work or is there a different procedure to whiten them? Elaine Dear Elaine, Your dentist was mistaken about the color of the porcelain […]

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Porcelain Veneers While Pregnant

I’m trying not to panic. I recently had porcelain veneers placed on my teeth and now I just found out I’m pregnant. I’ve heard you are not supposed to have cosmetic dental work done while pregnant, such as teeth whitening. I did whiten my bottom teeth when I had my veneers placed. Now I’m worried between the two procedures I could have harmed my baby. Ashley Dear Ashley, Take a […]

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If I get porcelain veneers will they last my whole life or should I get braces?

My front teeth are crooked. I also want them to be whiter. Crest strips are a joke on my teeth. So I am thinking about porcelain veneers to give me straighter and whiter teeth. I know they are not cheap so I am wondering, at my age (23) if they will last my whole life, or will have to keep getting new ones? If they won’t last my whole life […]

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