I’m hoping you can tell me what to do. I spent a small fortune getting Lumineers. My dentist had me all excited about them. But, once they were cemented onto my teeth, they are so bulky that I look like I have horse teeth. My dentist insists they’re fine. While they do look slightly better than my old teeth, with the amount of money I spent, I expected something better. Is there anything that can be done to repair this?
Danielle M. – San Francisco, CA
Unfortunately, once your porcelain veneers are bonded on, there is no way to change them. You’re going to have to get a whole new set. If he gave you Lumineers and they ended up bulky, it tells me he is not an experienced cosmetic dentist and just went with the Lumineers marketing about no prep being necessary. Though that works in some cases, in most, some preparation is needed.
Another thing that tells me your dentist isn’t a true cosmetic dentist, is the fact that he is telling you what to think about your cosmetic work. We’re taught in dental school that the dentist knows best, but in cosmetic dentistry that is not the case. The dentist may know more about cosmetic dentistry, but the results are judged by you, not your dentist. If you don’t love it, it isn’t good enough.
If you decide to get them re-done. The best dentist for you do go to is one who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Only the top dentists in the world reach accreditation. They’re highly skilled and artistic, so you can feel confident you’ll get a gorgeous smile.
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