I have always felt that my smile was a problem for me and now it is even worse. I’ve had a tooth gap most of my life. People made fun of it in high school and now that I’m waiting tables to pay my way through college, I’ve noticed I don’t get as many tips than the prettier girls, even though I work just as hard. Then, I got in a bike accident which caused me to chip a tooth. I look like a hillbilly and will never get tips like this. I went to my dentist to get this fixed and he suggested Lumineers. The price is pretty high for someone in my position, so I just wanted to get a “second opinion” from another dentist. Is this the right solution?
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers. Most expert cosmetic dentists prefer a different brand of porcelain veneers. These are often used for complete smile makeovers and can recreate any smile. They can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth all at once. While they can fix the problems you mentioned, there is a more affordable option for you, as you are on a tight budget.
You can close small tooth gaps and fix chipped teeth with dental bonding. This costs significantly less than any brand of porcelain veneers. No matter which procedure you choose you will need to make sure you see an expert cosmetic dentist. Without that, I fear you will be disappointed with the results.
Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. Each dentist has to invest time in learning and perfecting how to do smile makeovers. Creating beautiful smiles is an art form. Like any art form, some artists are better than others.
The veneers will completely cover the front of any teeth you have remade. Dental bonding is different. A dentist will hand sculpt composite resin onto the tooth to fill in the missing tooth structure. Because it is done freehand it also requires some serious skill.
In your place, I would go to the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed for both technical skill and artistry. They cannot just pay to get listed. You will be safe with one of their dentists.
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