I had a set of porcelain veneers placed over 20 years ago now. They have chipped recently and I have been getting mixed advise. I have seen one dentist that recommends crowns be placed, while another is recommending Lumineers. That said, I have already had my teeth prepared for porcelain veneers. Have you ever heard of thicker Lumineers being made thicker than normal? I really don’t want to damage what little tooth I have left after the old veneers are removed. Each dentist is Lumineers certified, yet their opinions are totally different.
– Sandy from New Jersey
You should definitely consider getting your old porcelain veneers replaced with new porcelain veneers.
As far as the dentists you have seen, I would advise you to proceed with caution. Doing cosmetic dentistry well requires true artistic ability. And based on what you have described, my guess is that the dentist that is recommending crowns isn’t comfortable with or doesn’t know how to place veneers. While the other dentist is comfortable with Lumineers, but still not comfortable with placing porcelain veneers. It is strange that neither dentist recommended replacing the old veneers with new ones.
If you have been specifically searching for a dentist that does Lumineers, I may suggest altering your approach. If a dentist advertises Lumineers, they may have a tendency to push Lumineers no matter what. An excellent cosmetic dentist should be trained in all types of cosmetic dentistry. There are great cosmetic dentists that place Lumineers but again, I would search for the cosmetic dentist versus the product.
Even though you feel that your teeth are damaged from the previous porcelain veneers, an expert cosmetic dentist will be able to successfully remove the old set and not damage your teeth any further when placing a new set for you.
Again, I can’t express the importance of searching for a cosmetic dentist versus a Lumineers dentist since the Lumineers training is very minimal compared to cosmetic dentistry.
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