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Joined: 29 May 2012
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Veneers Made Me More Insecure About my Teeth - Birmingham, England
on 29 May 2012
Hi everyone, I jut stumbled upon this site, now I wish I had sooner! I am midway through a full mouth overhaul, I'm dealing with 3 dentist/periodontist/endodontist (It's now pretty clear that all they care about is money). I did not take care of my teeth as a child (also always had a "gummy smile") and at 27 decided it was time to do something (I was lucky enough to have family member help with the outrageous costs-for now) Now I'm Very concerned as people mention horror stories and future costs and problems, Any suggestions or estimates for future issues is greatly appreciated! So here's my story, once my dentist knew I was serious (able to pay) about fixing my teeth he was ecstatic (I now assume its because he began to see me as a new addition on his house or a few new cars). He told me I could be "an amazing case". This was over a year ago and as it stands now, I have had crown lengthening on the entire upper portion of my mouth, extraction, root canals (they redid all of the work I had from childhood which I don't understand since in the end All of my top teeth ended up being ground down to tiny stumpy points! Also 12 veneers just on top, Yes, Twelve on top, I now see this was insane! Especially when considering most were in good shape and healthy, they were just very stained & small before the crown lengthening. So now my upper teeth look great, however the bottoms haven't been touched. Does anyone else feel like their veneers wiggle/pop/shift sometimes? That Terrifies me because I fear they may be loose (I've asked dentist 1 who simply replies with "no, they're not loose") My primary dentist told me to do top and bottoms separately even though I fought to get it all done at once; he said it would be a long road, but not over two years long! It's been over one year just for that top work and they now want to start the bottoms. I'm frustrated to say the least, I expected to be finished with everything by now. I'm assuming by dragging this process put, the dentists make even more money. I suffer from severe migraines which Always hit after a dentist appointment of which there have already been too many to count. They are prepared to do the same procedures to the bottom, 12 more veneers and crown lengthening along with redoing root canals. I have horrible anxiety now having so called "perfect" looking top teeth and much smaller and discolored bottom teeth (I think the veneers on top are not worth the price or pain, I think they look fake and just don't "fit" my mouth/face, I also feel they took off too much gum in the lengthening process, so now it's All teeth on top while I try to hide the bottom now, it makes for an "interesting" smile to say the lease & Not in a good way). Does anyone know if I have any other options for the bottoms, before I start this nightmare all over again? Unfortunately, now the problem is not just the difference in color but also the shape and size. So anything like whitening is out of the question (it could never get enough shades lighter to match the top now) All on top are porcelain veneers/crowns. Also, what can I expect for future complications and expenses? I'm currently 28 years old and will have 24 veneers in my mouth if all goes as the dentists have planned. I appreciate any suggestions as I am now far more self conscious about my smile/teeth than I was with yellow small teeth & gummy smile! Another issue is that I clench my teeth at night but my dentist said I should wait to have another mouth guard made until everything's finished. (Reminder, we're going on 2 Years!) I assume this will only add to probable complications in the future... I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong area, please let me know where I should put it. But if you're feeling down about the few veneers you got, just remember how much of a mess I've gotten myself into here!
Again, please let me know if I should post this somewhere else for more advice. As I said, I just found this site, and boy do I wish I did this research earlier! Thanks for any help, tips, recommendations! Also, my cost for all of this to this point (top only) has been close to $10,000.00 for endodontist and periodontist work plus over $30,000.00 for veneers and other work my primary dentist has done. I am nowhere near wealthy either (my helpful family member is footing the bill for Only this, if I knew this would be the cost, I would have asked for the cash to go towards a house/bills/etc!) But as you see, now I'm in quite a predicament!
General Info- I live in CT (in US), 28 year old female, full-time college student who works part-time while going to school, currently terrified for future of my teeth!