I’m so upset. I spent a fortune on these Lumineers and they are an absolute disaster. First, I told him I wanted a very white smile. He said they could do that. When he bonded them on, though, they weren’t nearly as white as I asked for. When I mentioned that he said in order for them to look natural they have to add a slight stain. If I wanted my natural looking teeth, I wouldn’t have paid a fortune to have whiter ones made. I insisted that he make them whiter. He told me they couldn’t be whitened but he could remove the stain. I agreed to that not knowing he was going to essentially drill the top layer off. Now I’ve got misshapen, dull looking teeth. What do I do?
The first thing you need to know if your dentist isn’t a true cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. Every cosmetic dentist is just a general dentist who enjoys doing cosmetic work. Unfortunately, skill and training vary. I don’t think your dentist truly sought expert training in cosmetic work.
A few things make me think this. First, he thought a stain was necessary. True cosmetic dentists understand patients want very white smiles. As you said, they’re not looking for natural color. They want clean and white. He didn’t understand that. Second, he thought he knew better than you. In general dental school we are taught dentists know best. However, when we study cosmetics, we know it’s what the patient wants that rules. It’s not repair we’re going for but beauty. That beauty is in the eye of the patient.
Finally, he didn’t understand what he was doing would ruin them. Or worse, he did and didn’t care.
You need a refund. Your dentist has ruined your smile makeover. Not that you were pleased with it anyway. In a small way, his drilling off the top layer is a blessing in disguise. Before he ruined them, it would have been hard to get a refund. The standard for dental work is functional, not beauty.
However, now, without their glazed layer, he’s ruined them and they are not functional. Tell him you want a refund. Your next step is to find a true cosmetic dentist.
Getting Gorgeous Porcelain Veneers
I’ll say one other thing first. If all you wanted was a whiter smile, your dentist would have better served you by offering you teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening can get your teeth brilliantly white and is much less expensive than Lumineers. He didn’t, which makes me feel he was taking advantage of you.
I could be completely wrong about that. Maybe you wanted some other things changed about your teeth, such as their shape or size in addition to the color. In that case, a smile makeover with porcelain veneers would be the right course of action.
If you want a stunning smile, you should go the website of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They have a link to find a cosmetic dentist. Make sure you check you’re looking for an accredited cosmetic dentist. These are the ones with the training and artistry to give you a smile you’ll be proud to share.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.