I just had several Lumineers placed on my front teeth. I’ve had them done in the past a long time ago. This time, the dentist stained the Lumineers when they came in. He told me that the stain would make them look more natural. The problem is that I specifically asked for a really white smile.
No surprise that I am unhappy with the results. When I called back in he had me come back in. He proceeded to drill the top layer off of the Lumineers so they are whiter. Now, I’m left with oddly shaped, dull and let’s be honest, very ugly looking teeth. I’m feeling like I flushed over $10,000 down the toilet.
Was drilling the correct way to handle it?
-Pam in South Carolina
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to correct your new Lumineers. However, if they look terrible enough, you may be able to pursue a refund.
First, you will need to enlist the help of an expert cosmetic dentist in your area. It’s safe to assume that your current dentists didn’t know what he is doing. In fact, less than two percent of dentists actually have the ability and skills to create a beautiful smile makeover. Generally, if a dentist is placing Lumineers, it’s a strong indicator they are not one of those two percent.
Many excellent cosmetic dentists don’t do Lumineers because they look fake and bulky. A cosmetic dentist that is passionate about creating beauty, Lumineers deliver average results. Traditional porcelain veneers, placed by a great cosmetic dentist will give you the wow factor. If the new cosmetic dentist is convinced that the original dentist botched your Lumineers, you may be able to get some pressure and hopefully receive at least a partial refund. Sadly, having the work redone is really your only option at this point.
As for the staining on the Lumineers. This technique was taught in dental school to make teeth appear more natural-looking. Dentists are taught that really white teeth look fake. However, if your desire was really white teeth, he should have listened to you. Most cosmetic dentists will go the extra mile to listen and work with patients to manage expectations and results. Then, they will prescribe the correct color based on your input.
Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully, it will be helpful to someone that is looking into Lumineers or interested in cosmetic dentistry.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.