|Posted: 10/4/2012 6:40:04 PM|
If you have experience with dental veneers, would you mind sharing about your experience? Two of my top front teeth overlap and one of them has a surficial crack. I am pretty self-conscious about my smile. I'm in my mid 40's and have had other crowns on several molars so I don't want to deal with braces. My dentist suggests I have veneers on my top 6 teeth so they are all the same color and more uniform size/shape.
I have a phobia about the dentist, so I am very hesitant. It seems rather "radical" to have veneers mostly for cosmetic purposes. I've put off his suggestion for a few years, but I know I'm going to need some other dental work on those teeth so I know he'll bring it up again.
I'd love to hear your experiences. Thanks!
Loc: Central Texas
|Posted: 10/4/2012 8:08:51 PM|
I had several veneers put on my upper teeth for cosmetic reasons, but dh is a dentist. I had braces as a teenager so my teeth were straight, but I didn't like the shapes and range of sizes. It wasn't a painful experience, but it was uncomfortable. But a few hours of awkwardness (hands in mouth, shaving down of teeth) was totally worth a smile I love.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 8:59:45 PM|
I have peg laterals, which means my top lateral incisors were very small and not big enough for the space they belong in. It's a genetic thing. When I had my orthodontics done, they told us that I was going to need veneers to fill in the gaps. My (pediatric) dentist referred us to a (regular) dentist who did cosmetic work. I don't remember much about the process at all, but I've had them now for almost twenty years. They are still in excellent shape, the dentist did a REALLY good job of color matching, and every time I get my teeth cleaned I have the following conversation with the hygenist:
Me: Just so you know, I have two veneers. (I got into the habit of telling hygenists that to avoid any treatment that might dye the veneers.)
Hygenist: You do? Oh, you DO. Wow, those are really nice.
The only words of warning I have are: (1) you will have to be careful about flossing and brushing. There can be a little... I dunno... ledge area where the veneer attaches. If it's bonded well it shouldn't a problem most of the time, but it's possible to get food stuck up there. And (2): you will not be able to use whitening products, because they will not lighten the veneers, and then you'll be stuck with veneers that don't match.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 10:59:30 PM|
I have had them pop off. As I got older or more stressed or whatever I clench my jaw at night or grind my teeth. Anyway I have a couple that have come off no matter what they do to them. It is very annoying and embarrassing if you have to go out without them.
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Loc: Amongst the trees
|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:10:12 PM|
I had my upper 6 done about 4 years ago. My then dentist (we have moved) was fabulous. Since then the dentist and hygienists have been blown away. Even at the gum line there is no evidence of the veneers. I've had zero problems. Make sure you see examples of the work done by the dentist is my only piece of advice. Oh, and go with a natural color of white. Not stark white. I have seen veneers that look like pieces of chiclets gum. Good luck!!
ETA: I experienced no discomfort by the way. I don't love getting dental work by any means but am faithful about going. You could request something to help you relax ahead of time.
|Posted: 10/5/2012 3:37:00 PM|
Thanks to those who responded. It seems like it was mostly a positive experience.
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|Posted: 10/5/2012 4:03:59 PM|
I won't go into much detail because it's a long and still mentally painful ordeal, but I did NOT have a positive experience with my front 4.