When I first got my Lumineers my dentist knew that I wanted them to be whiter than they were made, but his lab guy said that it wasn’t quite possible to do them that white. They could only do what he called “natural” looking styles. These days I see people with very white teeth and figure they are now able to do them whiter. Is it possible for me to have new Lumineers placed over my old ones so I can have the smile I really wanted?
While it is possible for you to place new Lumineers over old ones, I am not going to recommend it. First, it is just as much work for the dentist to do that than to just provide you with a totally new smile makeover. to begin with. Second, it will be less secure. Porcelain bonds much better to natural tooth structure than it does to porcelain. That puts you at a greater risk of bonding failure for your new Lumineers, not to mention that you have double the risk because at some point your old Lumineers bonding could give out. I am going to recommend something completely different.
The first thing you should be aware of is that Lumineers is simply one brand of porcelain veneers. That particular brand is heavily marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists and I believe your dentist falls into that category. One reason I think that is he just agreed with the lab when they said your Lumineers could not be as white as you wanted. That was not true. Even then, you could get veneers of any brand as white as you wanted. The lab was wrong about that. That brings me to a second issue with Lumineers, which is their lab. The DenMat company, which owns this brand, insists you use their lab. They are not known for their artistic, quality work.
What I would like you to do is look for an expert cosmetic dentist and have them just re-do your smile makeover altogether. Do not be surprised if they suggest a completely different brand of porcelain veneers than the one you currently have. There are many brands that are far superior and will give more artistic results. The best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited dentists. You can find them listed on aacd.com. They have extensive training and have passed stringent exams as well as proven their artistry before a board of examiners on a large number of their cases.
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