Reviewed by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 11/30/2019
You go to your cosmetic dentist and decide on getting a better smile. This dentist has been your dentist for several years, and he or she finally talked you into porcelain veneers. The dentist said that he or she would need to grind down your teeth, or roughen your enamel, “just a little.” The very nice cosmetic dentist numbs your mouth, and without understanding what is about to happen you then get your teeth ground down to small stubs.
Nine weeks after getting minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry, the featured patient in the photo above, could not chew with her front teeth, and they were sensitive to temperature. This patient was saved from her dental destruction and pain VENLAY® Restorations by Dr. Muslin. Learn more.
You wore the temporary veneers, but you were immediately in pain after the anesthetic wore off. The teeth were beyond sensitive and you could not eat. If you drank anything cold the pain shot up your face. You took pain medication for three weeks while the veneers were being made and this threw off your digestion, sleep and family relationships to say the least. Then after three weeks of sensitivity and pain your cosmetic dentist bonds your porcelain veneers. You were miserable wearing the temporary veneers as your teeth ached and were very sensitive. You now have your new smile with porcelain veneers bonded to your teeth and you are still miserable. Your teeth are so sensitive you can’t eat. You have headaches, jaw pain and tooth pain. What happened?
Your teeth are now so sensitive that you can’t drink anything cold. When you breathe you feel it. Ice cream is out of the question. Soft drinks send you through the roof. You are in pain all of the time and now taking the drugs that your “top quality” cosmetic dentist prescribed to you. This is not a discount dentist as you paid nearly $2,500 per tooth to be in this kind of pain. You got 8 veneers on your upper teeth and 8 veneers on your lower teeth. You cannot chew because something happened to your bite and you can’t understand it because a big name cosmetic dentist did this to you. You are mad. You aren’t sleeping well. You are taking prescription drugs for pain and your husband is furious because you keep talking about your pain everyday, which is now his pain and it has continued for the last several months. The husband is now also very upset. Your dentist refers you to an endodontist for root canals for some of the teeth.
our whole life has changed and you have been miserable. So, your very expensive cosmetic dentist, is sending you to a root canal specialist to help stop the pain. He has been grinding on your new veneers to correct the bite to try to relieve you pain. You may ask, why did he mess up my bite? Your dentist is adjusting your bite with every visit and nothing is working . Finally, your dentist sends you to a TMJ dentist and you have had enough.
Bad bites can cause some serious problems and the possibility of bite correction with veneers is often questioned. From jaw pain to speech impediments to sleep apnea, these severe cases require expert dental professionals who can evaluate your condition and propose the appropriate bite correction treatment. The good news is that not all bite correction problems require major problems or constraints on your time or wallet. For instance, minor adjustments can make the difference between a comfortable bite that allows equal amount of pressure across all tooth surfaces or an awkward fit which causes discomfort when chewing and biting.
Veneers can fix teeth that are misaligned, or oddly-shaped, and can also correct an uneven bite. However, veneers cannot move the jaw into the ideal position. Most veneers are made from porcelain or a resin composite material. Most people choose porcelain since it simulates the properties and characteristics of teeth naturally, and resists staining. However, composite veneers require less removal of the tooth surface for adherence. As always, it’s best to fully discuss your options with your dentist before making a decision.
Get it done right the first time by correcting your bite, improving the shape of your entire face with age-reversing dentistry by saving all of your healthy tooth structure.
His approach (in his office) is to go beyond cosmetic dentistry and anti-aging dentistry with his non-invasive bite correction is to improve the health of the patient and the cosmetics at the same time. He does not sacrifice one to accomplish the other. The most important part of his no prep care is that you will not get porcelain veneers because you cannot make a significant overbite correction with porcelain veneers. Instead you will get his no grinding VENLAY® restorations that correct the bite and have cosmetic and functional potential far beyond anything that can be done with porcelain veneers. He can improve your chin position, smooth out wrinkles, help the neckline and improve your health at the same time. The negative part is that this treatment is expansive.
Technology has advanced in the area of bite correction so watch out for the cosmetic dentists that will “slaughter” your healthy tooth structure to give you Anti-Aging Dentistry or cosmetic dentistry. What is so anti-aging about having your healthy teeth ground down to stumps? Why sacrifice your health for cosmetics when you can improve your health with better cosmetic benefits.
The “new age of dentistry” is here and if you get it done right the first time you will not have the health of your teeth compromised, you won’t have to take narcotic pain medications, you won’t drive your husband, spouse, kids or significant other crazy, by being miserable for many months.