I got porcelain veneers. Ever since he put them in I’ve been having a hard time speaking. They’re so bulky. I don’t know if it’s because of the brand he used or the way they’re put in, but I’m suddenly lispy. I looked up lumineers online and a lot of people seem to complain about how bulky they look. Will I get used to it?
Jennie L. – Ohio
There is a lot more to doing porcelain veneers than most dentists who place Lumineers understand. That brand in particular are marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place.
If he’s a dentist who just took the Lumineers seminar and learned how to bond them to get certified, he didn’t have the expertise to understand how your bite affects not just your speech, but many other aspects.
It’s possible you can get used to it, but it might be better to have an expert cosmetic dentist to look at them first. If they’re improperly placed, you could get your money back and have them done well by someone with significant skill.
It’s not always easy for a patient to know which cosmetic dentists are top of the line and which are just average family dentists that also do cosmetic work. Your best bet is to find a dentist accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
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