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Dental veneers are custom-designed covers for teeth used for whitening or damage repair.

What if I'm unhappy with the outcome of my veneers?

Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 23, 2011
The proper way to treat any veneer case begins with a records appointment. A records appointment is when the dentist obtains impressions, photos and any information that is necessary to begin the process. Then begins the next 3 stages ( as I like to call it).... 1) The lab technician will complete a wax model of what your new teeth will look like based on your smile design consultation with your dentist. This wax model serves as a set of engineering plans that will give you and the dentist an idea of what your teeth will look like and how it will function in your mouth. 2) On the day of the actual restorative appointment you will leave with temporaries in your mouth that were made using the waxup model as the blueprint. In essence, you will get to wear your new teeth and preview them while you are in the plastic temporaries. Over the next several weeks you will be able to make any changes to the temporaries until you are completely satisfied with the results. When you are happy with the feel and appearance of your new temporary teeth then you will return to your dentist for some more impressions. The dentist will then send those impressions to the lab to make the final porcelain veneers. 3) The lab technician will take several weeks to fabricate your porcelain veneers. They will be in the shape and feel of your temporary veneers, only they will be porcelain instead of plastic. This way there are no surprises. So I tell patients that there teeth will be fabricated in three stages. First in wax, then in plastic, and finally in porcelain. This enables the patient to test drive their new smile before the permanent veneers are bonded.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Sep 23, 2011
I would recommend talking to the doctor that did them and let them know your concerns. In my practice, we allow you to see them in place before they are bonded (glued) into place. We always recommend someone close to you be there at this appointment - i.e a spouse, significant other, close friend, etc. Depending on your concern or complaint with the veneers, your dentist can make some very minor changes to them without the need to replace them.
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 23, 2011
You have to be able to work with the dentist that did them. The first thing to try is re-shaping them. If that does not satisfy you, the next step is to take them off and work on creating great temporaries. Do not move on to permanent veneers until you're happy with the temporaries.
Brian Gray (Washington, DC) on Sep 23, 2011
They can be redone. Ideally you will be shown a waxup of the proposed treatment. The second opportunity to evaluate happens during the provisional stage - when the temporary veneers are in place. But ideally veneer appearance will be addressed before treatment begins.
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Oct 25, 2011
Cosmetic dentistry, for instance, is completely different than plastic surgery. Every cosmetic dentist will have their own policies when a patient is unhappy about their veneers. This is an important question and it really needs to be addressed properly. In plastic surgery procedures, you are under general anesthesia and you have no idea what the end result would look like. In cosmetic dentistry where veneers are placed to transform the smile, there are plenty of opportunities to preview the end result and approve the aesthetics of veneers on your teeth prior to them being permanently fixed in place. Also a cosmetic dentist should be able to create temporary veneers that are very realistic. When done successfully, this will give the dentist and the client ample opportunities to critique the esthetics (color, shape, form) of the new smile.