While They Are Beautiful - They Are Easy to Break - Arlington, VA

My teeth are very nice. They look natural and the...

My teeth are very nice. They look natural and the color is nice etc. The process is really not bad at all - a little Novocaine is needed. It is not a short process by any means but my new dentist has his own machine in his office which cuts out waiting for the lab to send them back.

I say new dentist because he has spent the last few years fixing the veneers I got about 8 years ago that at this point that have broken at least 2 or more times each. Veneers are not as strong as some people claim they will be. I cannot bite down on an apple or eat corn on the cob - not a big deal to have nice teeth but you never know what can cause an issue. I regret doing it.

My teeth were fine but I let myself get talked into the veneers to fix something that really could have been fixed nicely other ways. Also remember - your teeth may still be yours underneath - but they are a much smaller version so you can never go without fixing your veneers if you want to have a normal smile. They are beautiful but there are risks and they are higher maintenance in my opinion than they should have to be. .

Dr. Richard Gruntz

My new dentist is terrific and has fixed the previous mess - the old dentist - I wouldn't send my worst enemy to him - Dr. G is wonderful.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You are welcome. In looking for a doctor to complete your veneers, make sure that you see plenty of before and after photos that show gumlines. Have him/her review tougher cases and how they overcame difficult parameters with orthodontics and or aesthetic clown lengthening to achieve and ideal result. If you see some of the before and afters on my site (dcsmiles.com) they illustrate difficulties and how they were overcome.
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My original veneers were done by a past head of the now defunct Georgetown Dental school. Clearly not done in Tijuana. Cost me a fortune the first time around.
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How disappointing to have paid a lot & still not have them work out for you. I know you mentioned before that you thought the problem was possibly due to your bite. Did your new dentist do something to correct your bite before putting your replacement veneers on, or was he able to remedy the problem just by placing the veneers differently?

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My new dentist has a machine that takes pictures via computer and models them to fit properly with your existing teeth. That has made a major difference.
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As you now G-town dental closed in 89. The veneer technology they and labs they may have been using are far inferior to what is available today. You may have had cemented veneers made of the wrong type of porcelain. Modern veneers are made of veneer porcelain. I'd like to encourage everybody - veneers should last. I guarantee my work. Ask your dentist what his policy is.
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The image capturing machine is not as accurate as the better impression materials. I have used one and was disappointed with the results. Well executed traditional impressions with stone models is still more accurate. Soon digital and optical will take over, but we are not there yet.
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Very good information - as a consumer its always hard to know when the new technology is the best way to go, or if the tried & true method is still best. Thanks for giving us the inside scoop!

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Veneers done properly should not have problems and last a long time. Unfortunately, it is often you get waht you pay for. Better dentists who have more training and better labs and materials are more expensive. You can get veneers in TIjuana Mexico for a few hundred dollars - they look like chicklets and are very vulnerable to failure. I recently did a consultation for a gal who had teeth done in South America and they were breaking. She thought she had saved a bundle. But really the whole investment was a waste - they all needed to be redone
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Thanks for jumping on & sharing that information Dr. Singer - always great to hear a dentist's perspective!

How unfortunate for your patient who has to have all her veneers redone. Each time veneers are redone I'm assuming a bit more of the natural tooth structure has to be removed, is that correct?

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Not necessarily. If additional tooth structure is removed it may be totally insignificant. For example .01mm. So that shouldn't be a worry with a good clinician.
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what do u think about doing my veneers in nyu school of dentists?
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I can definitely see how bite issues could play into how well veneers hold up, but I too would hope the dentist would take that into account before placing them.

It seems people have better & longer lasting results from porcelain veneers, as opposed to Lumineers. Do either of you happen to know what kind of veneers were used?

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You're right, it could be a bite issue too. An excellent cosmetic dentist will first assess the bite and recommend corrections prior to cosmetic services like veneers, because he or she knows that a bad bite (malocclusion) may compromise the cosmetic work you've have done. Although correcting bite problems can add cost and time to the process, it protects your investment in cosmetic dentistry and can help you avoid future problems that could lead to reconstructive dentistry and even more cost down the road.
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I work with a woman who also recently got veneers and she's already lost 3 of them. I think my issue is more so an issue with my bite.
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It is not reasonable to have veneers placed and have them pop off so soon. It seems there may be a weak link in this case. It is hard to know where to assign the blame. But, if veneers are done by a competent experienced clinician they should last as long as crowns and crowns. I have seen crowns last more than 60 years.
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This sounds strange to me! I have had 16 porcelain veneers (8 on the upper arch, 8 on the bottom arch) for over 10 years. Never have they broken, chipped, or popped off. I eat everything! Corn on the cob, apples, super chewy candy like Jolly Rogers (ah...I admit it!)...literally everything. I really believe the problem is that any dentist, regardless of training/experience, can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. It's really a buyer beware situation. Make sure the dentist doing your veneers has advanced training and lots of experience with porcelain veneers.
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Experience plays a role. Materials play a role. And patient bite and parafunctional habits may play a role too. The more complex the case, the greater the need for a more experienced clinician. Of course the most experienced clinicians are going to have the most consistently better results. Without knowing more details it is impossible to assign blame for sure. That being said, in most cases I do I tell the patients they can expect their veneers to lsat a lifetime. My technique and eMAX porcelain have made the process very predicable
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Hi Christine2x2,

Thanks for your review. While I'm glad they look nice, however yes it does sound like a lot of work and upkeep. Have you talked to your dentist to see if there is anything you can do to minimize that? We would love to see pictures of your new teeth. Please keep us updated.

Thanks so much for the review,


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