I spent a lot of money getting a smile makeover. My dentist said Lumineers are really pretty and easy to place. They did seem to be easy to place, but I felt they were ugly. They looked murky and opaque, plus they were kind of bulky. Is there any way to fix them or am I stuck with them?
Jeanette C. – Maryland
There is nothing worse than investing a ton of money on something that is supposed to make you feel more attractive only to be disappointed. Many patients that have used Lumineers have also experienced that disappointment. They’re a brand of porcelain veneers that are often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists because they are so “easy” to place. Your not stuck with them, but they can’t be “fixed” either. The only way to do anything about them is to replace them.
You won’t want to return to your same dentist for the replacement, because the second pair is not likely to be any better than the first. It is possible for you to get a refund, especially if you get another cosmetic dentist to give you a second opinioin saying they’re opaque and bulky. Though I’d recommend just asking him first before you get the second opinion. You want to give him a chance to make things right without damage to his professional reputation.
When you do get them re-done, my suggestion is for you to go to a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This will ensure you get the most stunning smile possible. Many of them even have a beautiful smile guarantee.
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