I wanted to get ten porcelain veneers in order to make my teeth look pretty. My front two teeth cross in front of each other a bit and they are old and stained. My dentist suggested I do Invisalign to straighten the front teeth and then Lumineers which won’t cause any grinding on my teeth. I’m not sure I can do both procedures, not without selling some things. Is it necessary to do both? I don’t know much about Lumineers, but I thought porcelain veneers could make teeth look straight. Did I misunderstand that in my excitement?
Bear in mind that I haven’t examined your teeth. It could be that you have something unusual going on with your bite. However, without that exception, you are correct. Porcelain veneers can make teeth appear straight when you have a skilled cosmetic dentist working with them. The problem I think you are facing is you don’t have a skilled cosmetic dentist.
One of the things that makes me think that is his suggestion of Lumineers. While they are simply a brand of porcelain veneers, this brand is typically suggested by inexperienced cosmetic dentists. That is because they are highly marketed to them as being easy to place, as they may not need any tooth preparation. However, in many cases, they tend to end up looking bulky like that. Some patients have even described it as having horse teeth. He certainly couldn’t do it without any tooth prep with your front teeth being a bit crooked. This is probably why he suggested you get them straightened first.
I’d like to clear up a misconception. Your dentist used vernacular that hinted porcelain veneers would require your teeth to be ground down. In reality, there is very little tooth structure removed. The only thing that requires grinding of your teeth would be a dental crown.
If you still want porcelain veneers, I suggest you get a second opinion from a proven cosmetic dentist. Look for someone who is either accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or who is recommended on the mynewsmile.com website.
However, if the only thing wrong with your teeth is the crooked front teeth and the color, then you can save a lot of money by doing the Invisalign, to straighten your teeth, and teeth whitening. An added benefit is the Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. All you’ll need is the professional strength gel to wear inside it. Your dentist can provide you with that. This method allows you to straighten and whiten your teeth at a fraction of the cost.
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