I have decent teeth that I am fairly happy with. There is one problem that really bothers me though. My front tooth has a filling on it that doesn’t match my other teeth. I talked to my dentist about it and he said that if I wanted my tooth to look uniform I should get Lumineers to cover the filling and tooth. Do you agree with that treatment plan. I looked into the Lumineers and they are quite pricey.
Cindy T.- Illinois
No, I don’t agree with his treatment plan. All your dentist would need to do to fix the discolored fillings is to use a dental bonding material to match your teeth. With some cosmetic skill you can make the bonding match any tooth color under the sun. However, you saw the qualifier, with cosmetic skill. It is very obvious to me that your dentist doesn’t have that. If he can’t match dental bonding to your teeth, than he can’t match Lumineers to your teeth. Plus, Lumineers tend to make your teeth look bulky.
You said you are fairly happy with your teeth. To me, if you are happy with their shape and color, then I would go to a great cosmetic dentist and do the dental bonding procedure. However, if you wouldn’t mind changing the shape, size, and/or color of your teeth, than you might want to look into porcelain veneers (Lumineers are just a specific brand of porcelain veneers). I wouldn’t worry about which brand to get. Instead I would focus on which dentist to use. An expert cosmetic dentist can give you a gorgeous smile makeover.
To find one you can either contact the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and tell them you are looking for an accredited dentist in your area, or you can go to the mynewsmile.com website and see who they recommend for an the area you live in.
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