Can I get my porcelain veneers removed and go back to my natural teeth?


Although I’ve had the same dentist since 2002, after getting porcelain veneers from him, I found out the hard way that he knows nothing about cosmetic dentistry. I guess I chose him because I trusted the other work he has done for me even though it wasn’t cosmetic. The reason I regret my decision is the way the veneers look. Although he took his time, the veneers are unnaturally square and unnaturally white. They actually look like squares. There is no way I can hide the fact that I don’t like the veneers. I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but there is no way I can continue like this. I want the veneers off and just go back to my natural teeth, but I don’t trust my dentist to do it. I’m also concerned about going back to him for my regular checkup only for him to find out that I took all of his hard work off my teeth. What’s the best way for me to handle this? Mareesa

Mareesa – Many patients who received porcelain veneers from a dentist who isn’t highly trained in cosmetic dentistry express similar disappointment.

Can Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?

  • Unfortunately, porcelain veneers can’t be removed for you to go back to your natural teeth again. But they can be removed and replaced with new porcelain veneers.
  • The color, shape, and translucence of porcelain veneers cannot be changed.
  • A skilled cosmetic dentist ensures you’re completely satisfied with temporary veneers before they are made. You are given opportunity to wear temporary veneers for a week or two to get used to them, to let friends and family see how your new smile looks, and to decide if you love your temporary veneers or if you want any changes made.

Your description of what happened with your veneers shows that your dentist lacks sufficient skill, training, and artistry to create a beautiful smile. Even if you asked him to give you new porcelain veneers, you probably wouldn’t like the results.

We recommend that you find at least two accredited cosmetic dentists and schedule consultations with them. Each dentist will take a quick look at your veneers and let you know what he or she can do to provide you with veneers that you will love.

If you speak with your dentist, he might be able to give you at least a partial refund—if not a full refund. You can choose to use the money returned to you to get the smile you want.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.


Do I really need tooth extractions and sedation dentistry?


I have a new dentist who is recommending sedation dentistry to have 3 teeth extracted. I am concerned about taking medication overall, but to be sedated just to have teeth pulled? The fact that I don’t really know this dentist is making me uncomfortable. If it’s not necessary to be sedated to take the teeth out, I don’t want it. It’s not like I don’t go to the dentist regularly. It has been 8 months since I’ve seen a dentist, and I saw my previous dentist every 6 months. I’m somewhat surprised about the need to have teeth pulled. None of my teeth have bothered me, so I’m not sure why they need to be pulled. Nothing was mentioned about cavities either. This sounds a little drastic and to need sedation on top of it is scary. Do I really need my teeth pulled and do I really need sedation? Thanks. Tyson


Tyson – If you haven’t experienced any pain or discomfort with the three teeth in question, it is puzzling why your new dentist wants to extract them. We recommend that you see another dentist for a second opinion before you agree to any dental procedure or sedation dentistry.

Some Insight on Sedation Dentistry

We also want to address your concerns about sedation. There are varying levels of sedation dentistry. It can be administered as nitrous oxide, or given in pill form.

Nitrous oxide is commonly called laughing gas. You breathe it in during your appointment. When your appointment is complete, you will be given natural gas to clear the gas and reverse its effects.

If a stronger level of sedation is needed, oral anti-anxiety medication is given to help you relax. The medication is commonly prescribed to reduce anxiety and it is safe. Different dentist use various types of oral sedatives, so your dentist would need to tell you what he or she uses.

It is your right to refuse sedation medication. If you need teeth extractions, your dentist can anticipate the ease or difficulty of removing the teeth. Although local anesthesia is used to numb the area around a tooth, many patients prefer not to experience discomfort or to hear the sounds of dental tools.

A second opinion is the first step. Find out if you need any dental care at all. A conscientious dentist will try to preserve your teeth—not extract them. If dental care is needed, your new dentist will probably recommend more conservative treatment.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.