Category Archives: Lumineers

Lumineers for cosmetic work

I’m going to get my teeth fixed. I’ve been doing a lot of research and have decided to get Lumineers because I don’t want my teeth shaved all the way down. I live in Colorado and I’ve been looking into Dr. ________.  My cousin got her teeth done by you and she says you’re great. Do you know if he is great too. He’s not listed on the Lumineers site, so I wasn’t sure.

Carolyn- Denver, CO

Carolyn,

First I want to clear up some misconceptions. I can tell that you’ve seen a lot of the marketing for Lumineers. They often emphasize the fact that they are no-prep. They may have indicated that your teeth would need to be shaved down with other brands of porcelain veneers, but that is not accurate.

When your teeth are “shaved” for other brands, they only take about the depth of a fingernail off. You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in appearance between a shaved and unshaven tooth.

In fact, often when Lumineers are put on without any tooth preparation they will make your smile look bulky and too long.

Also, the dentists that are listed on the Lumineers site are not any better or worse than another dentist. It just means they’ve passed a written exam by reading the lumineers material. What you want to look for is a dentist who is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry both by understanding the technical issues and by having an artistic eye. The dentist you mentioned is not someone I’d consider an expert cosmetic dentist. He doesn’t seem to have the post-graduate training required to do a great job.

If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on new smile, you want to make sure it will be  a smile you’ll be thrilled with. Your best option is to find someone who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They will be among the top 1% of cosmetic dentists. If you can’t find one in your area, or you don’t like them, you could also look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists in each state.

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Lumineers disaster

I went to my dentist for a normal check-up. He told me I had cracking in my front teeth and said I needed Lumineers to strengthen my enamel. He said if I agreed to have it done that month, he could offer me a two for one special. I agreed, because I didn’t want to have to pay twice as much a month from them to fix my teeth. However, they look awful. They’re bulky and don’t look at all like me. I feel like I’ve got cheaply done fake teeth. What can I do?

Sylvia S. Sheridan, AR

Sylvia,

There are a couple of things that bother me about your case. The first is the pressure sales tactics. Those are always a red flag of sorts in any kind of dental care. Secondly, sometimes what appear to be cracks in your teeth are in fact craze lines that in know way compromise the physical integrity of your teeth.

Unfortunately, we hear those complaints about Lumineers often. People don’t always realize that they are just a brand of porcelain veneers, not anything special. In fact, without the care of an expert cosmetic dentist, you’ll probably end up with a bulky, fake looking smile like you feel you’ve received. That is because they are advertised as easily done and a no-prep technique, but it actually takes a great deal of skill to pull that off and make them look good.

The only way to fix this is to have completely new veneers put on. I would definitely look for a different dentist to do it. You may see if there is anyone in your area who is AACD accredited. They would have the expertise to give you the beautiful smile you deserve.

This blog is brought to you by Boston Cosmetic dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Cavities and Lumineers

Can you get Lumineers if you have a cavity on your front tooth?

Jennie N.- Carson City, NV

Jennie,

You’ll need to get your cavities taken care of, but after that you can have veneers placed directly on top of the fillings. I don’t know if you’re mind is settled on Lumineers. I want you to be aware that they are just a brand of porcelain veneers and not unique onto themselves. In fact, many cosmetic dentists aren’t pleased with their quality.

However, if you are set on getting Lumineers, just be sure you go to an expert cosmetic dentist, like someone who is AACD accredited. Then you can be sure you’ll get a great smile no matter what brand you use.

This blog is brought to you by Boston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Why put a stain on Lumineers?

I just received 6 lumineers. I had specifically told my dentist I wanted a really white smile. For some reason he put a stain on them and I’m really unhappy with the color, (as well as how bulky they look). What is the need for the stain?

Carol G. -Montana

Carol,

I’m sorry for your experience. I can tell you why your dentist thought he needed to put a stain on your teeth. In dental school dentists are taught that for teeth to look natural they need to put a stain on them. However, cosmetic dentists learn to listen to what their patients want. Many people want a bright, white smile.

It sounds to me like your dentist is a general dentist who also does cosmetic work, but does not have extensive training as a cosmetic dentist. A lot of people don’t know that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. As a result, any dentist can do cosmetic work, even without the additional training. They may learn the procedure, but the artistic skills required for really beautiful work takes a lot of time and training. It sounds to me like your dentist did not have a lot of cosmetic training and was just going with what he learned in dental school.

Though you didn’t ask about this, I want to address the bulkiness of your Lumineers. The company that markets Lumineers stresses the fact that they are ultra-thin and advertises that they are a no-prep veneer, meaning your tooth will not have to be shaved to place them. However, there are some things you should know. First, Lumineers are NOT the only brand of ultra-thin veneers. Many cosmetic dentists aren’t happy with the artistic quality of Lumineers and would probably suggest another brand of ultra-thin veneers. Secondly, if your dentist did place them without prep, that would lead to them looking a bit bulky. The amount of shaving required for placing porcelain veneers is so minimal, that it really isn’t worth it to land yourself with bulky veneers.

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