I don’t know what to do about my smile makeover. I went in telling my dentist I wanted to get a smile makeover and he seemed excited about it because he’d just finished training with Lumineers. I went ahead and got them but now my smile looks chalky and fake. It almost looks like I’ve glued chicklets to my front teeth. I mentioned this to my dentist and he said it is because I am not used to having a pretty smile and if I give it time I will love it. It hasn’t grown on me and now I seemed to have developed a lisp. Is there anything I can do about this?
I am so sorry you are having to deal with this after investing your money in what you hoped would be a beautiful smile makeover. As you have unfortunately discovered the hard way, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. This means any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist and do cosmetic procedures. However, that doesn’t mean they have the technical knowledge or the skill.
When it comes to the dental board, if your work is functional that means your dentist has met the standard of care. This is unfortunate for patients who have cosmetic results they are not happy with. In those cases, you have to try and appeal to your dentist’s better nature and hope that he cares about how his patients feel about the results.
A true cosmetic dentist would bond your porcelain veneers on with a temporary try-in paste and then allow you to look at them in a variety of lightings to make sure you are absolutely thrilled with your new smile. If there was anything you didn’t like, not matter how minor, they would go back to the lab to be redone. It sounds like you were never given this opportunity.
The Lumineers brand is often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place because they are considered ultra-thin or no-prep. The problem with that is it will make most smiles look bulky without some tooth preparation. This seems to be the case with your smile.
While I would start by appealing to your dentist’s pride in his work and care about patient satisfaction, you actually have another issue working in your favor. The way he placed the porcelain veneers has caused you to develop a lisp, which means they are not truly function. You have the right to have a refund so that you can go to a true cosmetic dentist to have your smile makeover done correctly.
Once you secure your refund, I would look for an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentists who have earned accreditation are the top in their field and can give you a stunning smile makeover. One you’ll be proud to share with the world.
This blog is brought to you by Lexington, KY Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Fred Arnold.