I had Lumineers placed over my top four teeth. The thing is that my teeth were already porcelain. Almost every one of the Lumineers has fallen off at one point or another now. Do you know if it was such a good idea to get the Lumineers placed over top of the porcelain? I’m pretty disappointed at the amount of money we’ve spent and all the problems we’ve had.
– Tammy in South Carolina
It is possible to successfully bond porcelain veneers to existing porcelain. Although, it can be tough if the dentist is not an experienced cosmetic dentist. Generally speaking a good cosmetic dentist will likely replace existing porcelain crowns with new porcelain crowns. If it is done correctly, it will end up being about the same cost and the risk for problems occurring is much less.
When bonding porcelain to porcelain, there are a lot of things to consider. The old porcelain would need to be etched and then primed and many dentists just don’t have the right equipment to do this well.
Lumineers are just another brand of porcelain veneers but many dentists that may not be particularly skilled in cosmetic dentistry have attempted them. Sometimes we hear of problems like you have explained where the bond simply isn’t holding properly or they don’t look like the patient expected.
Sounds like the best thing to do in your situation would be to request that the Lumineers be replaced with all-porcelain crowns if your dentist is comfortable with that. Otherwise be sure to go to a cosmetic dentist that is experienced and knows what he or she is doing.
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