I wonder if you can tell me what you think of the new Lumineers over old technique. My dentist originally gave me Lumineers that were not nearly as white as I wanted. At the time, the technology did not exist to make them as white as I wanted. I’ve tried whitening them with teeth whitening, but it’s never worked. My dentist did some research and learned the nature of Lumineers means that teeth whitening won’t work on them. Now, the technology has advanced that I can get my Lumineers whiter. I was thinking of having new ones placed on top of my old ones, which my dentist said is possible. I just don’t want to waste money if it is not a good idea, like the whitening we tried.
I’m going to tell you up front that your dentist is not qualified to redo your smile makeover. You should know that the technology was always available to make your Lumineers white. Your dentist probably just didn’t know how to do it. That doesn’t surprise me because the Lumineers brand is highly marketed to untrained and inexperienced cosmetic dentists. He should also have known that teeth whitening wouldn’t work. In fact, the whitening will only work on natural tooth structure. It is not limited to Lumineers. It will not whiten any type of dental work.
New Lumineers Over Old
While technically you can put new Lumineers over old ones, I don’t recommend it. It is just as much work to place Lumineers on top of one another as it is to completely redo them. However, it is double the risk because now you have two sets of bonding that can fail– the old bonding as well as the new bonding. You are safer just getting them redone completely.
It is perfectly okay to go to one dentist for your general dental work and another for your cosmetic work. This is because doing smile makeovers is not taught in dental school. Instead, a dentist has to study it post-doctorally. Because there is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry there is no way for patients to know who has invested in this training and who hasn’t.
What I would like you to do is to look at the smile gallery of some cosmetic dentists in your area to see who does beautiful work. Find a dentist whose smile makeovers are stunning. Don’t be surprised if the dentist you pick suggests a different brand of porcelain veneers. Many expert cosmetic dentists prefer a different brand.
This blog is brought to you by East Cobb Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Cristi Cheek.