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Press-on Veneers versus Cosmetic Dentist

I don’t have a very good cosmetic dentist. He’s great for a lot of general dental work, but even he admits his cosmetic work needs work of a different kind. I appreciate his honesty but it leaves me in kind of a bind. I want to get porcelain veneers. He said he’s fine with me going to another, more experienced cosmetic dentist for that particular procedure. He even recommended someone he said was AACD accredited. He said that’s a huge deal. Not sure why. Anyway, I went to the AACD guy and had a free consultation. He was nice and I could tell by his picture gallery of patients that he does great work, but his prices were through the roof. Today I saw this website for press-on porcelain veneers. The pictures looked pretty to me and they were A LOT less expensive than the guy my dentist recommended. Do you know about these press ons? Are they really as good as the ones by a cosmetic dentist?

Veronica M.

Dear Veronica,

A single porcelain veneer being held up by a dental instrument

First, I really appreciate the honesty of your dentist. Some, less caring practitioners might be tempted to just do their “best” porcelain veneers knowing they’d be subpar but wanting the practice or the money. Instead, he was forthright and even suggested another, more qualified, dentist.

Not just that, he was careful to recommend an accredited dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). These are the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the world. Yes, their prices are sometimes a bit higher (though not always). That’s usually because they’re so skilled and artistic that they’re in high demand with patients wanting cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers. In fact, there are people who travel across the country or even from other countries to have their work done by them.

If you went to one of them you would definitely get a stunning smile. Probably every one of them has some form of a beautiful smile guarantee.

Porcelain Veneers versus Press-on Veneers

The press-on veneers you saw on that website are completely different from the veneers you’d get from a skilled, artistic cosmetic dentist. They’re more similar to what you’d get with a snap-on smile. They’re made from a composite resin and just press over your teeth temporarily. While they may look great for a photo shoot, they do not look nearly as stunning or natural in person.

Because the press-ons fit over your teeth, instead of being custom made and bonded to your teeth, they tend to come off a bit bulky and a little long. It can make it difficult for patients to speak when they’re in.

There are some procedures you can shop around and cut corners on. Teeth whitening is one example. It doesn’t really matter which dentist does that procedure. It’s fairly straightforward. Going for the cheapest dentist, in that case, will do no harm. Veneers are different. They require expertise in both technique and artistry.

If you want a true smile makeover, it’s an investment that will last a lifetime, giving you stronger confidence than you’d imagine.

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Porcelain Veneers Staining After Months

I am thinking I did something terrible. My dentist told me that my porcelain veneers would last for years. But, I’ve only had them for a little over seven months and they look awful. They were fine, even at my six-month checkup and cleaning. It was after that they started picking up stains. I don’t know what I did. I thought I was super careful. I researched and got a special toothpaste that’s supposed to be for porcelain veneers called Supersmile. Was that a scam? Did that mess them up? Can this be fixed? I’m embarrassed to tell my dentist, but I really love these veneers.


Dear Cathy,

A single porcelain veneer being held up by a dental instrument

You didn’t do anything wrong. The Supersmile toothpaste isn’t a scam. It’s actually the absolute best toothpaste you could have purchased for your porcelain veneers. Great job looking that up. It’s something your dentist should have told you about when you first got the veneers placed.

My suspicion is it’s your dentist’s office that made the terrible mistake. It sounds to me, based on the timeline you’ve given that your hygienist didn’t understand the proper care of porcelain veneers and used something on it like a prophy jet during your cleaning.

This would have removed the glaze from your veneers, leaving them dull and susceptible to staining. Without the glaze, they’ll never look good again.

What Do You Do If Your Glaze Is Removed on Your Porcelain Veneers?

Because it’s your dentist’s office that likely did this they need to fix it. There is a special procedure which requires a special diamond polishing technique which could restore the glaze. Unfortunately, it’s such an advanced procedure I doubt your cosmetic dentist knows it, especially if they didn’t even know how to properly clean your veneers.

My guess is they’re going to have to replace your veneers completely. If they give you any problem with that, you can show them this post. Or, maybe go to another cosmetic dentist for a second opinion. Sometimes, not wanting to look bad in front of your local peers is a great motivator.

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Dentist Refuses to Give Me Porcelain Veneers Because of Tongue Ring

Why does my dentist refuse to treat me because of a tongue ring? I have always wanted porcelain veneers. When my boyfriend proposed to me, I thought doing it shortly before my wedding would be ideal. But, my dentist said as long as I have a tongue ring he won’t place them. I don’t know if I should give in or just look for another dentist who’ll be willing to place them with my piercing? What’s the reasoning behind his ultimatum?

Shayne A.

Dear Shayne,

Salem Porcelain Veneers

Before we get into the piercing, I want to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. This is such an exciting time in your life. I can understand your desire to do your smile makeover right before your wedding. Most women want to look and feel like a princess at their wedding. At the very least, they want to look their absolute best.

While you’ll certainly be able to find a dentist who’ll be willing to place your porcelain veneers with or without your piercing, there are a couple of things to ask yourself before you move forward. Porcelain veneers are quite pricey, so you want to be sure you’re getting the best care possible and that whatever you get will not only be stunningly beautiful but will last throughout your lifetime.

The first thing to consider is longevity. You’ll want your porcelain veneers to stay gorgeous for many years. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if your natural teeth have quite a few chips and dings. You may even have some cracked teeth. Whenever someone has an oral piercing, there’s always quite a bit of damage which goes along with it.

That’s the likely reason behind your current dentist’s ultimatum. He wants to be certain any work he does will have a chance at lasting. Keeping your tongue ring is like trying to treat an asthma patient who refuses to give up smoking. You’re not going to stop the damage.

Another very important consideration is the artistic and technical ability of the dentist doing your new smile. Ideally, you’ll want a dentist who’s reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. An AACD accredited dentist will have the skill to give you a gorgeous smile. In fact, most of them will have a beautiful smile guarantee.

You won’t need to have veneers placed on both arches of teeth. Generally, a patient will have veneers placed on their top teeth, but their bottom teeth will just use teeth whitening to get them to not distract from your top arch. One exception to that would be if your bottom teeth are equally as visible as your top teeth when you smile. In that case, you’ll want veneers on both.

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Why Is My Veneer Turning Dark at the Top?

I received two porcelain veneers on my front teeth a couple of years ago. I only needed one but ended up getting two. The dentist said that was necessary to make sure my two front teeth match. It worked out, they matched and looked very nice. I’m concerned because one of them has developed a dark line at the very top. Will this happen to both of them? Is there any way to fix it? It’s a little embarrassing.

Stephanie H.

Dear Stephanie,

Porcelain veneers shouldn’t ever develop a line at the top. There are two possible scenarios, but both mean your dentist didn’t do the job correctly. That actually wouldn’t surprise me because he told you he needed to do two veneers in order to get them to match. If he were a skilled cosmetic dentist that wouldn’t be true. He could match a single veneer to the rest of your teeth.

First, the veneers should have been made flush with your natural tooth. If your dentist didn’t do that, it would leave a ledge which can gather all kinds of food and bacteria. That would be a possible explanation of the dark line. It will also lead to decay so he should repair this free of charge.

A second possibility is the dentist didn’t bond the veneer properly. This allows things to slip in between. This would more likely make the entire veneer look darker. Unfortunately, it also will lead to decay and should be repaired free of charge.

I’d get a second opinion from an expert cosmetic dentist, just to get an objective opinion as to what is going on. Don’t be surprised if he tells you what you actually have are two porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and not porcelain veneers. Those DO develop a dark line at the gumline as a matter of course, but generally it takes more than two years for that to pop it’s ugly head out. If this is the case it’s just another piece of evidence that your dentist isn’t qualified in cosmetics. Front teeth require all-porcelain crowns. The metal based ones are better for back teeth.

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Did My Dentist Ruin My Smile?

I’ve had the same dentist since I was a little girl. I love the guy, but I’m afraid he really messed up my porcelain veneers. I was asked to be a speaker at a major convention and it was my big opportunity to shine and get investors for a project I’ve been working on. I mentioned it to my dentist because I was concerned about my smile and he said that he could get me fixed up with porcelain veneers. I let him do them and I really regret it now. They don’t look like they’re shaped right, for starters. They also don’t feel right. I keep catching my tongue on them when I talk and it has affected my speech. Lastly, the coloring is off. It looks like I have pieces of gum stuck to my front four teeth. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I really want to get them taken off and go back to my normal teeth. What’s the best way to approach this with my dentist?



Dear Lucia,

Unfortunately, porcelain veneers can’t just be taken off. It’s very likely a sliver of tooth structure was shaved before the porcelain veneers were put on, they won’t look right. Plus, being unprotected, they will be quite vulnerable to decay.

It sounds like your dentist is a decent general dentist, who cares enough to try to help you, but doesn’t have a lot of cosmetic expertise. He may be a great guy who treated you well for years, but cosmetic work takes a significant amount of post-graduate training. Training most family dentists don’t have.

This is a common issue in general practices, as the doctors don’t usually get the extra training they need to do truly beautiful restorations and they don’t do it often enough to keep their skills up. If you want truly stunning results, you’ll need to see an expert cosmetic dentist. Many of them even give a beautiful smile guarantee.

If this was only a matter of speech, there’s a chance that you might adapt to it in time. Failing this, small adjustments made by the dentist would help with making it easier to talk. However, you’re dealing with some pretty big cosmetic issues and these can only be cleared up by replacing the porcelain veneers.

You could ask your regular dentist to redo them, but the results will likely be the same. Going forward, you’ll need to meet with a cosmetic dentist to correct the issues. In this case, there’s really no need to talk it over with your regular dentist first, but there’s no harm in mentioning to him that you’d like to have them redone and why. You may be able to get some or all of your money back, so you can apply it to having them done properly.

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Having Trouble Speaking with Porcelain Veneers

I’ve gotten porcelain veneers. While they look fine I’m finding it difficult to speak with them. They’re bulkier than my teeth and my tongue keeps running into the back of them. I feel like my mouth has been stuffed with something. I’m also a little worried that my top arch seems a bit off. This may be unrelated, but shortly after they were placed, I began getting migraines. Will I get used to this or is something wrong? It’s been six months.

Emily M. – South Dakota


If your tongue is touching them on the backs of your teeth, that isn’t porcelain veneers. That sounds more like porcelain crowns. While porcelain veneers are only placed on the front of your teeth and are used for cosmetic purposes, crowns completely surround your teeth. In fact, your dentist had to file down all sides of your teeth to get them to fit.

If you’ve had them for six months and are still struggling, you’re not going to adjust. If your dentist made them too thick or long, which happens, a general adjustment period is a few weeks.

However, you mentioned the additional concern of your arch feeling out of wack and developing migraines. These are both signs of TMJ. That condition can be spurred on my improper placement of your crowns.

Get x-rays of your teeth both before and after your crowns and take them to a TMJ dentist to look at. They’ll be able to give you some idea of whether or not the crowns are causing problems.

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Can My Crown Be Changed to Match the Veneers?

I got porcelain veneers. There was one tooth that already had  crown, so that one had to have a new crown placed. I was worried I wouldn’t get a good smile, because my underlying teeth, the inner layer is darker than most peoples. At least that’s what my dentist told me.  The veneers look fine. Much better than I expected, but the crown doesn’t match. It’s whiter than the veneers next to it. Is there a way to make them match?

Lillith B. – Ohio

Hi Lillith,

I’m glad you’re happy with your porcelain veneers. They can really remake a smile. When the underlying are darker, it can get a little trickier. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just has to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist. It sounds to me like you have a good family dentist who does cosmetic work, but maybe hasn’t studied the advanced aspects of it.

To be a great cosmetic dentist takes a lot of post-graduate training. Porcelain veneers are thing. Porcelain is naturally translucent, just like your natural tooth enamel, which makes it an excellent dental material. However, porcelain veneers are significantly thicker than veneers. If the underlying teeth are dark, as yours are, that dark color is going to shine through the porcelain veneers much more than it would with the crown.

One of the ways to get around this is for the dentist to add an opaquer to the teeth before sending your case off to the lab. It takes quite a bit of skill on the part of the dentist, so not many can do it. If I were in your place, I’d look for a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

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Are Tooth Bands A Good Alternative to Porcelain Veneers?

I have a tooth gap that I told my dentist I wanted to fix. He suggested braces, but I wasn’t keen on wearing metal on my mouth. Then he suggested porclain veneers. I liked the idea, but they are so expensive. I recently saw an add for tooth bands that close gaps. Is that a good alternative?

Ebony K. – New York


Unfortunately, tooth bands are a gimick that could actually end up costing you your teeth. While they will pull the gap closed, they do it by loosening and tipping your teeth. Orthodontics, move the teeth in proper stages AND give the surrounding bone time to reform around the roots.

I do have good news for you though. If you don’t like the expensive of porcelain veneers, there are other ways to repair your gap. If you want to close the gap, without metal braces, you could get Invisalign. These use clear aligners, that are not visible to others when they’re on your teeth.

If you don’t want any orthodontics, but just immediately want to close the gap, then dental bonding can do that, at a fraction of the cost of porcelain veneers.

I’m actually surprised your dentist suggested veneers before bonding.

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Are orthobands good enough if you can’t afford porcelain veneers?

My dentist wants me to get orthodontics to close my tooth gap. I told him I’m not interested in doing braces because of the time involved. His next suggestion was using porcelain veneers, but that was way more money than I’m willing to spend. I read about orthobands. Would they work?

Laura L. – Virginia


I would absolutely NOT recommend ortho bands. They’re nothing more than regular rubber bands that force your teeth together. The problem is they only move your teeth, not the roots, which puts you in danger of loosing your teeth as a result.

I’m surprised your dentist didn’t recommend dental bonding to fix your tooth gap. That is the general treatment for that type of situation.  It’s much more affordable than porcelain veneers. That will be a good option for you if all you’re looking for is to close the gap.

However, if there were other things about your smile that you were hoping to change, such as their shape or color, then porcelain veneers would be the best option.

I’m puzzled why that is what your dentist suggested if the gap is the only issue. Is there more to this than you’ve mentioned?

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Will Porcelain Veneers Fix a Tooth Gap?

If I have a gap between my two front teeth will porcelain veneers fix that?

Tony J. – New Jersey


The short answer is yes. However, if the gap is very large, you may want to look at other options. Otherwise it could look unnatural. If it’s not a huge gap, then yes, porcelain veneers can give you a very attractive, natural looking solution.

There is also a less expensive solution. A common solution for a tooth gap, is to  use dental bonding.  That’s a composite resin that your dentist will shape to close the gap and blend into your natural teeth.

If the only issue you have with your smile is the gap, then I’d use dental bonding. If, however, there are other things you’d like to fix about your teeth, such as their color, shape, or size, then porcelain veneers will be a much better solution.

The key on any of these, though, is to get a very good, artistic cosmetic dentist. Ideally, you’ll want to get a dentist that is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

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