I should start by saying that my dental work started at around age 13. I first had an expander to create more room for my teeth. Then I had braces on just the top, front, 4 teeth for about 2 years and then I had invisiline for 2 years. Eventually, I got 2 veneers on my front, upper, lateral incisors.
My first orthodontist had me go through all these non-effective procedures. Thats why even after the invisiline, I still did not have the teeth I wanted. I was born with short upper laterals and I knew that braces and more invisline would straighten my teeth but would not create the even perfect smile I wanted. After my invisiline I decided to leave my family orthodontist and try a new orthodontist who could fix my teeth once and for all. I had a few consultations with orthodontists who were not cosmetic dentists and kept telling me that veneers were not the answer and I should try braces. I had been through braces and invisiline for 4 years and I was done wasting time. I knew that the only way I could get the smile I wanted was to get 2 veneers.
I knew a girl who's mom worked at a dentists office and she had veneers that looked perfect. I knew those were the kind of results I wanted. I set up a free consultation and the dentist agreed with me that the only way I could get the desired results was to get 2 veneers. During this free consultation they took x-rays and sent the pictures to the insurance just to see if they would cover it. The insurance did not cover it but it was worth a shot.
The next appointment I had was to get the temporaries put in. The dentist started by grinding down my 2 upper laterals and the feeling wasn't painful just a little bit sensitive at times. I didn't need any numbing and he was done filing down the teeth in a few minutes. The temporaries went on and they looked real and a lot better than my previous teeth. I was excited to see these and know that the permanent veneers would look even better. The only bad thing about the temporaries is that you can only eat soft things. I bit into a pizza with bacon bits and knocked one of the temporaries off. No problem though because I called the dentist office up and told them what happened and they said come right in and we'll fix it. I drove over there and within 5 minutes they saw me and replaced the temporary all free of charge and with such short notice.
About 2 weeks later it was time for my real veneers. I went in and the dentist showed them to me and held them up to see if I liked them. He stressed that this was the time to really take my time and look at them and how they fit into my mouth before he puts them in permanently. I ended up shaving down the ridges on the ends of some of my other teeth and shaving down my canine teeth and basically making adjustments to the surrounding teeth to make the veneers blend in better. After every small adjustment he would hold up the mirror again and ask for my approval. Eventually we had done enough small changes and I was ready for the real veneers to be put in. They didnt take long and the process was completely painless and I finally had the smile I always wanted!
I am a waiter and I am always having to smile. I can honestly say that I get compliments on my teeth at least once a shift from my tables. Getting veneers was the best decision I made for my teeth! I know that I only got two so the results dont look unnatural as some tend to do but I finally have a perfect smile and NOBODY knows that I have two veneers.
After a year, one of my veneers broke in half and fell off while I was eating McDonalds fries (nothing hard). Right after it happened I called the dentist they said come right in, I got the temporary put in for free the same day. Then in a week the new veneer came back from the lab, which was also free because it was considered a defect on their part. Over the past year I had been bleaching my teeth so the veneers were slightly darker than the rest of my teeth. The dentist actually sent back the replacement veneer for a whiter shade (still free of charge) and then put in the new whiter veneers. Now the veneers look even better than before! I'm really happy with the results and I get compliments all the time on my smile.