I just had ten Lumineers placed. They cost me a pretty penny, I can assure you. Because of the expense, I was very specific with my dentist what I wanted. One of those requirements was a very white smile. Yet, he put a stain on them. When I questioned him about that he said it was the only way they’d look natural. I tried to be happy with them, but couldn’t. I called him back and he essentially drilled off the upper layer which had the stain, but now they have a dull, matte appearance. Am I being too picky?
No, you are not being too picky. You paid a good deal of money for the smile of your dreams and you didn’t get it. I can tell you right off the bat, the dentist you choose is not a true cosmetic dentist. Though, not a recognized specialty, dentists who get the training to do beautiful work would have gone about your smile makeover much differently.
What Went Wrong?
First, the stain. In dental school, we’re taught the dentist knows best and natural teeth aren’t very white. Neither of those holds completely true in cosmetic dentistry, which isn’t taught in dental school. While the dentist may have more knowledge about the technical aspects than the patient, it is the patient’s vision for their smile that matters most. If you want a white smile. You get a white smile. Some patients want a soft white. Others want a ballistic white. One is not more correct than the other.
Second, the brand. Your dentist placed Lumineers. I can tell you the Lumineers brand markets highly to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being “easy to place” because there is no need for tooth preparation. In some cases, no-prep veneers work fine. In other cases, the patient ends up with horse teeth.
There is a lot more that goes into porcelain veneers than the preparation though. The lab and ceramist the dentist uses matters a lot as well. Most expert cosmetic dentist feel the DenMat lab, which the Lumineers company requires their dentists to use is sub-par at best. Plus, all the lab can do is follow the prescription the dentist gives them. If they’re not artistic, the results won’t be either.
Third, drilling off the stain. This was the wrong way to fix this. He should have just re-done the veneers. Instead, by drilling the surface he removed the glaze. This ruins your Lumineers because the glaze is what protects them from picking up stains. In a short time, your Lumineers will begin to turn color because of staining. Fortunately, his incompetence can work in your favor. You can’t get a refund for cosmetic work because you don’t like how they look. But, if the dentist damaged them you can. Yours did.
Getting Your Beautiful Smile
I suggest either telling him to redo the whole case, or asking for a refund and having an expert cosmetic dentist do your smile makeover. If you decide to go with a different dentist, I suggest picking one of the recommended dentists from the mynewsmile.com website. They prescreen all their recommended dentists for both technical knowledge and training as well as their artistry. Any one of them can give you a stunning smile.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.