Received an ultimatum from my dentist, need to let him know by 1PM today!
I asked four questions:
1) Damage to natural teeth - I believe you said there would be no damage to the natural teeth from composite bonding (and damage would only occur if a dentist made a mistake, or something along these lines?). I was told that the teeth are etched with acid during the process and the "natural teeth will never be the same again" - and that as a result of this I'll always have to get veneers going forward - I wouldn't be able to go back to just having my natural teeth without veneers and them looking the same. Are there any guarantees or is there a safety net in case of this?
2) It was heavily recommended to me not to have my canines and premolars veneered as "there is nothing wrong with them", my "bite could be compromised" in future years and that given the shape of my canines, veneers would be likely to frequently fracture off. My real issues are with the slant of my two central incisors, the gap between them and the shape of the lateral incisors. Would it look weird or sub-optimal to just have these done?
3) I've been told that the acid etching can in some cases cause chronic sensitivity. Is there any insurance or guarantees protecting me if this were to be the case?
4) Would you be able to do a mock up on the day of whichever teeth we go forward with - as the mock up on the three teeth looks great - but I still don't know how my real smile would look with the mock ups done on either side of my mouth?
1: I mentioned no damage as I’m not drilling your enamel. Etched is needed for any kind of treatment of bonding nature. Whether for braces, ceramic or composite veneers or normal white fillings
The only guarantee we give is that if the veneers are chipped within 2 years of placement then free repair or replacement is available
2- the reason we agreed on the 8 veneers was for slightly wider smile. You could only have treatment on your 4 front teeth and forget about other teeth, etch is still needed for bonding on those,
Your centrals not only slanted but slightly misaligned therefore you need some sort of full coverage on one to align with others otherwise best is Invisalign to align first and need to go about 5-6 months and then just some edge bonding which you didn’t want in the first place.
Your canines may need edge bonding
These veneers won’t compromise your bite.
3- I haven’t had any patient who has experienced chronic sensitivity however again there is no guarantee for this as normal teeth could become sensitive for various reasons.
4- further mock up could be done in addition to the complimentary one you had before
It would however be chargeable.
Please do let us know by 1pm today should you want to go ahead with your treatment as I have booked you for the entire 5 hours. In case you would like to cancel or alter the appointment we need to hear from you by this time to avoid administration fee which is equal to your deposit.
Does this seem a reasonable response? Any recommendations on whether to cancel (which would leave me too embarrassed to ever go back to this dentist) or proceed with having a mockup with just 4 veneers and seeing whether they look good?