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Can Porcelain Veneers Cause a Lisp?

I have had the absolute worst luck with my smile makeover. I’m on dentist number three. Here’s what happened.
Dentist #1: The porcelain veneers literally crumbled and fell off. I got a refund.
Dentist #2: They fractured the very next day. I got a refund.
Dentist #3: They seem too long and I’ve started to lisp as a result. The dentist insists that my lisp isn’t from the porcelain veneers, but I never had one before. Can porcelain veneers cause a lisp?

Samantha

Dear Samantha,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer

Man, you have had the worst luck with “cosmetic” dentists. This is a great illustration of a point we’ve tried to warn patients about. Most dentists cannot do cosmetic dental work. Because there is not a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry any dentist can do cosmetic work. However, that doesn’t mean they have developed the skills to do them. For instance, smile makeovers such as you’d get with porcelain veneers are not taught in dental school.

The result is what you’ve experienced. They dabble. Dabblers create cosmetic dentistry horror stories. You’ve had the misfortune of three of them. Truthfully, there are a small percentage of dentists who’ve truly invested in learning how to do cosmetic dental work.

The easiest way for a patient to find those is to either find a dentist who has reached accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or who are listed on mynewsmile.com. AACD accredited dentists passed exams to show their technical knowledge and have presented a large number of cases they personally did to show they have the artistry required to do great work. The mynewsmile.com website doesn’t something similar. While they don’t give the dentists exams, they do verify that they have done significant post-doctoral studies in cosmetic work. They also have to provide visual evidence of their artistic skill in doing a smile makeover.

As for your porcelain veneers, yes, they are very likely the cause of your lisp. Both when veneers are too long and when they are too thick, it will result in speech problems. You need to get a refund from dentist number three.

Moving forward, I want you to find a recommended dentist from one of the sites I mentioned. If you go to aacd.com, make sure you look for an accredited dentist. That is different from being a member. Anyone on mynewsmile will be a good choice.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.