Hello,

 

I have no idea what to do. After receiving a cosmetic dentist referral from Lumineers, ten months ago I had eight top teeth done for about $8500.00. Three days after the Lumineers were applied, one fell off. Since then I've had all but one of the original set of eight replaced, mostly due to the Lumineer breaking. I pretty much expect that last one will also fracture before long. I have been in the dentist chair 17 times and never known a single month in the last ten months - not once - when I had all eight Lumineers on at one time. I have always been waiting for a replacement or I was on my way into the office to get a mold taken to get the replacement.

 

I've nearly lost my job for all the time I had to take to accommodate the dentist's schedule, I've suffered unbelievable embarrassment when one will break and fall into someone else's drink or plate of food while out in public and I've always had a gap of one tooth or another while it was on order. The dentist tries to be nice, but he has reminded me a million times that "something like this has never happened before." A member of his office staff says he's only done 10 sets thus far (he told me hundreds during the consultation.) I know I am stuck with this office as far as the Lumineers warranty goes, and thus far none of the second set have cracked or popped off. I have absolutely no faith in this product and know I have no recourse, if the first set of Lumineers was defective as Lumineers keeps an ironclad "no compensation for anything" policy after 30 days. But this has gone on for ten months and will continue for another one (at least) as I have another replacement to get a mold taken and ordered yet. I could not be more unhappy with the whole Lumineers experience.Do you have any advice for me? Any at all? I would be so grateful, you just don't know.

 

First Lumineers, or also known as "no prep or no drill veneers" are a nice conservative way of reshaping and correcting color and esthetic issues with teeth that are in otherwise healthy condition. They require little to no drilling and no injections/anesthesia.

 

Answer: Sounds like there are some bite issues that are preventing the Lumineers from being successful. I don't do many Lumineers unless the conditions are right. You have to have a certain bite to be able to do those. There are other things that can cause them to fail, but they are fairly foolproof since there is no tooth preparation and the procedure for cementing them in very easy. I doubt its the Lumineers as much as you not necessarily being a good candidate for Lumineers. I would get a second opinion before you have them redone and would investigate whether or not you grind your teeth as this could be contributing to the problem as well. Not everyone is a candidate for no prep veneers and the dentist should be evaluating not only the physical appearance of the teeth but also analyzing your bite and ruling out that you grind or clench your teeth.

 

Good luck!

Dr.Glasmeier

 

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