Before I got porcelain veneers, I wanted a smile that is super white. I spoke with 4 cosmetic dentists before I finally chose one. We spent a lot of time looking at different shades and the one I picked is not the one I received. I even wore the veneers for a week to make sure they were perfect. I finally got them and they are too white. I know it sounds like I must have missed something, but it probably was my fault for accepting them at the try in. I told my dentist the veneers were too white but she said that shades of white look different in different lighting, which I agreed with. Now that I have the veneers they are too white regardless of the lighting. And they are now bonded onto my teeth which makes it all even worse. I asked my dentist to darken the veneers but she said it can’t be done. I think she just doesn’t want to do it. How much does it cost to get my veneers darkened? I am willing to pay another dentist to get it done. Thanks. Ina
Ina – Your dentist is correct. Changes to porcelain veneers must be made before they are bonded to your teeth. Porcelain is color fast, and they cannot be made lighter or darker. Even the veneers you tried in would have needed to be remade to change their color.
Unfortunately, the only way to receive darker teeth is to get new porcelain veneers. Your current dentist might be willing to provide you with a discount on new veneers. If you choose to visit a new dentist, you will likely incur some of the same fees that were charged when you first received your veneers.
Keep in mind that a skilled cosmetic dentist who is truly concerned that you love your smile will never try to convince you to accept a shape or color of veneers that you really don’t want. Speak you’re your dentist about your concerns and let her know why you are unhappy with your veneers. Carefully consider your options before making a final decision.
This post is sponsored by the accredited cosmetic dentists at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.