I recently got lumineers. They’re as white as I wanted and there are other things I like about them, but they’re kind of bulkier than I expected. It’s not horrible looking, but the lumineers keep getting stuck on my lips and I’m biting them an awful lot. Is there a way to shave them down?
Andrea D. – New Mexico
If your dentist shaves them down, they will loose their glaze. What you’ll end up with is a flat, unnatural looking color. Plus, without the glaze, your veneers will pick up stains pretty quickly. You’ll end up with a very unattractive smile.
The only real way to get a slimmer smile, is to have new porcelain veneers placed. If you still want lumineers (which is simply a brand of porcelain veneers), you’ll have to be sure your dentist prepares your teeth. I suspect the reason they’re so bulky is he put them on as a no-prep veneer.
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