I had planned to fix my smile with that snap on smile appliance, but it turned out that it didn’t work for me. I have a large tooth gap I want to fix. It’s about 10 mm. I’m way too old for braces. Because the snap on smile didn’t work, my dentist said he is willing to get certified in Lumineers. He’d been considering it anyway and this is giving him the push to go ahead with it. Do you think this is a better solution for me? I want to get another opinion before telling him to get certified because it is a lot more money.
I am very glad you wrote. This could have ended up a disaster. A 10 mm gap is large enough to fit another tooth. It would take one of the top cosmetic dentists in the country to make this look right. You should know that Lumineers are highly marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place. Getting “certified” in Lumineers simply means that they will attend a seminar. It does nothing to develop their skill in cosmetic work, which would take years of training.
If you had a small tooth gap, I would recommend having dental bonding done. However, that would also take an expert cosmetic dentist as it has to be done freehand. But, your gap is too large for that. Instead, I am going to suggest you get the gap closed using Invisalign. Unlike traditional metal braces, no one will even know you are getting your teeth straightened. Invisalign uses clear aligners. This will close your gap and it does not require the years of training that cosmetic work will.
Invisalign also has a hidden benefit of being able to whiten your teeth at the same time as straightening them. This is because the aligners can also double as teeth whitening trays. All you would need is for your dentist to provide you with the whitening gel. This would give you a mini smile makeover for a fraction of the cost you would otherwise have to spend.