I am so sorry you've had to go through this process. The cosmetic dental industry is suppose to help your self-esteem not hurt it. It pains me to read stories like this because I know first hand what it's like to go through something like this. And don't worry 6 years is nothing...it took me 13 years, 6 dentist and 9 ceramists and a bunch of money. What it sounds like is your first dentist shaved down your teeth so small that bonding doesn't really hold the veneers any more because you don't have enough enamel to bond to. I'm concerned that even if you keep replacing your veneers they will eventually fall off because they aren't bonded on strongly. This is my suggestion for the case (after you find a better dentist to help you). From my own experience and knowledge (you should still consult a dentist) you can do a few things to try to solve this situation: insert zirconia posts into your prepped teeth so there's something for the cement to hold on to, crowns to bond around the entire tooth or get dental implants. The last two options seem pretty aggressive and I always believe the most conservative option should be explored first (sounds like you're already doing crowns or almost crowns). Next thing, make sure either you, your dentist or the ceramist saves whatever notes he has on the porcelain layers / colors he's using on your teeth so that if he has to remake any of them down the road he has the notes to refer to so it will match better. Now I don't know if you're going back to the same dentist whenever you need a repair or not but going forward if this happens you should make sure the same ceramist is making your tooth. Now in terms of your search, I want to first say don't get caught up with celebrity dentists. My 5th dentist was a celebrity dentist in NYC that's worked on the teeth of many ppl you've seen on tv, magazine covers and is on tv himself selling stuff...and I can say it's awesome having a celebrity dentist I don't always think they provide the best service or the same service to non-celebrities. Not to say all of them are like this but just don't get blinded by the light is what I'm saying. I could give you a list of celebrity dentists if you want to have consultations with them but what it really comes down to is finding a dentist that 1) understands your bonding issue and has a solution 2) the dentist uses a high quality ceramist that has a great relationship with the dentist so they can work together to make sure you never feel like this again and you stop spending all this money. I understand your trust issues now. I don't blame you one bit. I don't want to make any recommendations here but I do want to provide you with a few ceramist and dentist that I think you should contact and have consultations with. Also I want to refer you to look for the Oral Design website to look up some high quality ceramists. Now Oral Design is an organization and I need to tell you that not all of the ceramist listed on that site still make their own teeth but have a company or dental lab that does the work for them so you must be careful. Also I don't think these ceramist that have been invited to be part of Oral Design are the only ceramist that can do quality work because I know of others that can rival their work. The AACD also has a certification program for ceramists but sadly I don't believe all AACD dentists and ceramists are high quality. I hope I don't get in trouble for this but email me at ******************.com and I can provide you with names or help you out some more if you wish. Do remember I am just a dental patient like you that has gone through years of cosmetic work so I'm not an expert but I believe I know quite a lot of information based on my experiences and conversations with dentists and ceramists that I can help guide you in the right direction.
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