My dentist doesn’t want to give me lumineers, because he doesn’t like them. But, they’re my teeth and I don’t want them ground down for porcelain veneers. Shouldn’t he do what I want?
Jamie S. – Connecticut
I believe what you have is a misunderstanding about lumineers and porcelain veneers. Lumineers are simply a brand of porcelain veneers, not something separate.
Additionally, porcelain veneers do not require that your teeth be ground down. You are likely thinking of the procedure for porcelain crowns. They do require your teeth be ground down quite a bit to make room for the crown.
Porcelain veneers on the other hand only require a minimal amount of shaving, about the depth of a fingernail. You wouldn’dt be able to tell the difference between a prepared or unprepared tooth.
While lumineers are tauted as being able to be placed without tooth preparation, many expert cosmetic dentists find that it makes your teeth look bulky. Patients from other clinics have described themselves as horse teeth.
While it is your smile, it is always wise to at least listen to the advice of your dentist, who has likely made this a lifetime of study. You wouldn’t tell a surgeon which scalpel or other equipment to use. Trust your dentist. You tell him what kind of smile you want. Let him or her tell you how to get that smile.
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