Cosmetic dental restoration solution veneers can be botched for many reasons. Some of those reasons are related to your dentist, some are related to you, and some are related to the materials veneers are made of.
In this article:
- Botched bad veneers can be a cause of major concern for many dental patients. Learn in detail why veneers turn bad.
- Specific signs tell you that your veneers are bad or have gone bad. Do not overlook those signs.
- Can you restore botched bad veneers? Learn what you can do when your veneers go bad.
Why do veneers turn bad?
First, consider why any cosmetic treatment can turn bad for a patient. The following three reasons may be crucial to know:
- The treatment was planned and executed by an inexperienced or untrained dentist.
- The patient is not informed enough about the results of the treatment. The patient has unrealistic expectations.
- The treatment was not well-managed in the post-treatment period.
All three reasons above may have to do with your botched bad veneers.
To not have botched veneers, you have to find the dentist that is right for you
You need a dentist that is experienced and well-trained. Having a license for your dentist to practice general dentistry is not enough. Having a degree in cosmetic dentistry may also not be enough in many cases.
If your dentist does not continue educating themselves continuously, they may fall behind in knowledge and technique.
Cosmetic dentistry is a fast-evolving industry. Your dentist has to evolve with it to provide you with the best possible service.
Your veneer dentist should be able to do the following for you:
- They have to understand the science and art of a great smile.
- Planning a successful treatment requires diligence from beginning to end. If the planning part for your dental treatment is not up to the standard, you will end up having bad veneers.
- Your dentist must know how to prepare the target teeth for veneers by employing the most advanced technology available.
- Shaping the veneers to their best is vital for their aesthetics and durability. Your dentist must be experienced enough to complete this part of the job.
- Does your dentist work with a leading dental lab that uses state-of-the-art technology to fabricate veneers?
Having a thorough knowledge of your dental treatment will help you to have realistic expectations
Having botched bad veneers may not be your dentist’s fault alone.
You must understand what treatment you are undergoing and what its results will be for you.
You should be able to imagine how you might look or feel after your treatment. How can you make sure that that happens?
- Read as much literature as possible on your dental treatment. Understanding your treatment step by step is essential not only for having a successful treatment but for a psychological boost.
- Know what can go wrong and what the side effects of your treatment are.
- See before and after photos.
- Ask your dentist if veneers are right for you. Inform your dentist of any clenching or grinding habits you have. Dentists do not judge you for your habits. Their job is to treat your oral condition.
- Talk to your dentist about your expectations. Ask them if they can fulfill those expectations.
- Ask your dentist if your expectations are realistic based on your oral condition and facial structure. After all, the beauty of your smile will depend on your mouth and facial structure.
If you do not follow post-treatment instructions to the full, you may end up having botched bad veneers
Post-treatment instructions are there for a reason. They advise you on what you may or may not do to keep your veneers in their best possible shape.
Your dentist will provide specific after-care instructions as part of your veneer treatment. Most dentists have those instructions in written form. Read the booklets or documents your dentist gives you before leaving the dental clinic. Then follow those instructions to avoid bad veneers.
The post-op instructions for veneers may include the following:
- What to do right after the treatment.
- How to manage tooth sensitivity.
- What food to eat and what to avoid.
- How to keep veneers stainless longer.
- When and how to brush and floss veneers.
- What to do if you have bruxism.
- How to reach out to your dentist for regular checkups and any veneer-related problems.
Signs of botched bad veneers
- Veneers do not match the rest of your teeth.
- Veneers did not bond to your teeth properly. They come off the tooth surface.
- You clench your teeth hard, and the material chosen for your veneers is not strong enough to withstand clenching.
- The tooth enamel was shaved off excessively. You have severe tooth sensitivity.
- The tooth enamel was not shaved off enough for veneers to bond.
- Veneers have changed your jaw alignment. They affect your bite.
- Veneers have gone too much under the gumline.
- Veneers look too bulky because related teeth were not appropriately prepared.
- They look artificial for being opaque.
- They have changed the shape of your face for the worse, and you look weird.
- Veneers have become discolored.
- You have had an injury to your mouth and veneers were damaged.
- Your root canal treatment has failed and affected your veneers.
What you should know before your veneer treatment
- Veneers are not reversible. Your tooth enamel will be shaved off to make room for veneers unless you have chosen dental lumineers.
- A tooth with pulp infection is not a candidate tooth for a veneer.
- Veneers age and get stained.
- Your veneers may lose their bond with your teeth and come off.
- Veneers are not for someone who must clench their teeth.
- Porcelain veneers are not repairable.
What to do if you don’t like your veneers
You will receive your veneers after 2 to 4 weeks from your dentist. They are supposed to be exactly what you wanted. The shade and the size and shape should be after your mind.
But it may happen that you do not like them. In that case, your options are limited.
- You cannot get a refund for your veneers.
- Veneers can be sent to the lab for minor alteration.
How to fix bad veneers
- Choose your veneer dentist carefully so that you do not end up with bad veneers. Your dentist may be famous, but if they do not do veneers regularly, they may not be the right dentists for your veneer treatment.
- Bad veneers need to be replaced. Natural wear and tear may have weakened your veneers. You need new veneers.
- Tooth infection needs to be treated. Good veneers will not survive on an infected tooth. If you need a root canal, you should go for it. Veneers are second to root canals in this case.
- Limit clenching. Clenching hurts veneers. Ask your dentist to choose a veneer material that can withstand clenching.
- Quit smoking. Smoking causes discoloration.
- Limit the consumption of pigmented food and drinks. Limit drinking sports beverages.
- Do not chew or bite on hard stuff like ice or candy. Veneers are fancy things. They crack and break.
- Follow post-op instructions religiously. They are too important.
- Maintaining good oral health helps. Learn how to brush and floss your teeth properly.
- Contact your dentist when anything goes wrong with your veneers. Get your veneers fixed.
- Treating a young adult with bonded porcelain veneers. The Journal of the American Dental Association. Accessed: 28 Sept 2022.
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