Have you heard of placing stain over Lumineers? I had four Lumineers placed on my teeth probably over 20 years ago now, but the dentist didn’t place a stain on them. This time, I just had ten new Lumineers placed and the dentist covered them with a stain to make them look more natural. After meeting with him, I requested that the smile be very white.
But when I left the office and a few days had past, I was unhappy with the color of them. So he had me come back in and he drilled off the top layer of them. He said this was to whiten them. But now I feel like they look really dull and that the shape has been deformed. I spent a significant amount of money, nearly $13,000 and feel that drilling them may have not been the right solution. Any insight you have is appreciated.
– Melinda in Alabama
It sounds like it is a bit after the fact, since as of now there really isn’t much that can be done to improve the appearance of your new Lumineers. Although, you may be able to place some pressure on the dentist to refund you or even get a portion of your investment back. Or maybe you can have the work re-done. I’d start by meeting with another dentist and explaining your situation to see if they are in agreement that they look bad enough. This may persuade and motivate your dentist to do something to make things right.
Your story may be helpful to others that are considering a smile makeover. By now you probably realize that there are very few dentists, about one to two percent of dentists, that do cosmetic dentistry work well. Unfortunately, many dentists that advertise Lumineers may not be the best cosmetic dentists around because Lumineers actually have a reputation that is less appealing than other brands of porcelain veneers. You want to go to a dentist that is passionate about creating beautiful smiles and has an artistic nature versus one that simply likes to fix problems.
In dental school, dentists are taught that a natural stain can be placed on teeth to make them look really white. Your dentist may have been just doing what he was taught. Although, a true cosmetic dentist will listen very carefully to your motivations behind wanting to improve your smile to give you the smile of your dreams.
It sounds as if you will eventually need to have these teeth re-done. When that time comes, do your research and consult with an excellent cosmetic dentist that is experienced in all types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.
This post is sponsored by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.