I had a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns done a few months back and I’m so disappointed. My temporaries were great and I had no problems with them. Everything went downhill once I got my permanents. They seemed bulky at first, but I thought I just needed to get used to them. But the more time that passes, the more I know there is something wrong. I can’t even talk because my tongue catches and I sound like I have a lisp. I’m very self-conscience about it.
My bite and arch don’t feel right either, so I went back to my dentist to see if something could be done. After a couple of adjustments, I’m still not happy. I feel like the more I call and complain, the more annoyed my dentist is getting. Shouldn’t he want me to be happy with my smile? If this is something I’m just going to have to learn to live with, I’m not sure I can do it. Help! — Shanda
Are you sure you actually have porcelain veneers? Veneers sit on the front of your teeth, so your tongue doesn’t even touch them. Could it be possible that your dentist actually did all crowns? They wrap around the entire tooth and your tongue could definitely catch on them.
The shape of teeth is important when it comes to speaking – especially if they are too bulky or long. Getting veneers or crowns always feels a little different at first, but most people adjust quickly. If you’re still having trouble several months in, there is definitely something wrong.
As far as your bite goes, if it’s out of alignment that is a problem and can cause TMJ as well as headaches and migraines. All of these problems need to be fixed or the teeth may even need to be redone. Keep on your dentist until he sees you one more time. Ultimately, he is responsible for fixing these issues, but if he refuses, go to another cosmetic dentist or even a TMJ specialist to determine exactly what the problem is. Good luck!
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