Ten years ago, my dentist did extensive bonding on my worn and chipped teeth. It was bulky, and I always felt like it changed my speech and somewhat gave me a lisp. Last year, a new dentist removed the bonding, and it left my teeth discolored and blotchy. My dentist applied new bonding, but it looks horrible. Before she applied the new bonding to my teeth, I saw my natural teeth, and I can’t go back to the way they look either. I feel like my teeth are permanently damaged. But I don’t want to get stuck in a cycle of bonding tryouts. Is there a specific type of bonding that I should ask my dentist to use? Or do I need to switch to porcelain veneers? Thanks – Val
Although Dr. Reddy needs to examine your teeth to determine how to treat them, it sounds like you’ve received treatment from two general dentists who lacked skills in cosmetic dentistry.
Dental Bonding Mistakes
We’ll review two possible causes of the mistakes with your dental bonding.
- Bulky teeth from bonding – If dental bonding leaves your teeth so bulky that they interfere with your speech, it was applied to aggressively. In addition to improper function, bulky teeth don’t look natural. They can also cause food to get trapped between your teeth and gums and promote tooth decay or gum disease. It sounds as if your dentist applied bonding to all your tooth structure instead of filling in the chips and areas that are worn.
- Removing bonding – Dental composite looks like tooth enamel. When removing bonding, when a dentist grinds off composite, he or she must take care to avoid damaging your teeth. It’s easy to mistakenly remove a small amount of enamel and leave your teeth blotchy.
Ultimately, the issues result from both of your dentists’ lack of training and experience in cosmetic dentistry. Regardless of which type of composite a dentist uses, if she or she doesn’t have artistic ability, the results won’t enhance your smile.
How to Receive Natural-Looking Dental Bonding that Lasts
Experienced cosmetic dentists take before and after photographs of your teeth so you can compare the results. And we recommend that you find an expert cosmetic dentist with advanced training and experience in the application of dental bonding. Advanced technology offers flowable composite for even, smooth distribution across each tooth for reliable bonding. It will produce lifelike results similar to porcelain veneers but for a fraction of the cost.
Before you switch to a new dentist, you can ask the current one if she is willing to compensate you partially for having the work redone. An advanced cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and explain your options for natural-looking results.
Rekha Reddy, DDS, a female dentist in Dallas, TX, sponsors this post.