Hi, my dentist told me I had some cracks in my teeth and I’d need Lumineers to strengthen them. He said that normally the cost was $1925.00 per tooth, but that he had a special going for the next two weeks that meant I could do it for half the price. I went ahead and did it because it seemed like the only real opportunity I’d have to fix my teeth well. I wish I hadn’t done it though, because now my teeth look completely fake. Is there any way to fix them once they’ve been bonded on?
Debbie B. from Birmingham
I’m sorry to say they cannot be fixed. They can only be replaced. I know that was a huge expense for you and you are probably very frustrated. There are two red flags to me in this situation. First, is the diagnosis. What appears to be cracks, isn’t always so. Sometimes they are just craze lines. It is probably better to get a second opinion on that kind of thing. The second thing that bothers me about this situation is his “sales tactic”. I’m always frustrated when I hear of dentists using pressure tactics like you faced. Having a special on a service is all fine and good, but to tell someone it only lasts for two weeks seems to me to be a way of making them make a decision quickly because they were on the fence. I don’t like it.
When you’re ready to have this smile re-done, I recommend going to a different dentist. Not just because of the reasons above, but also because of the lack of quality results you got. Lumineers tend to look a little bulky, especially when done by an inexperienced dentist. Without some real training in porcelain veneers you could end up looking like you have cheap dentures. I recommend you look for a dentist in your area who is AACD accredited. They will be able to give you a gorgeous smile.
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