I have a two separate tooth gaps. One between my front teeth and one between the adjacent teeth to the left. I asked my dentist for Lumineers, but he says to get crowns instead. I was surprised by his answer, because crowns have to remove tooth structure and Lumineers don’t. He said that he’d tried Lumineers a couple of times and they never looked natural. Crowns will look natural. IS this right?
Monica C. – Arkansas
Here’s what’s going on with this situation. You are asking a family dentist to do a cosmetic procedure he’s not trained to do. While there isn’t a cosmetic dentistry specialty, and all cosmetic dentists are strictly speaking, family (general) dentists, it still requires training.
When your dentist says his Lumineers don’t look natural, he’s likely telling the truth. They don’t look natural when he does them. Don’t press the issue. You won’t like the results.
That being said, I’m not recommending dental crowns either. The normal treatment for a tooth gap is dental bonding. Like Lumineers, it preserves your tooth structure.
Your family dentist likely won’t be able to do these either. It doesn’t mean you have to switch dentists. You’ll just have two. One dentist for traditional general dental procedures, and another dentist for cosmetic procedures.
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