I Regret Ever Having Lumineers - Dallas, TX
I chose Lumineers to help fill in some of the gaps...
- 5 Feb 2011
I chose Lumineers to help fill in some of the gaps in between my front 4 teeth. I had previously cosmetic bonding that was slowly wearing away after over a decade of no issues.
I was intruigued by the advertising that Lumineers didn't have to shave down the original tooth - like traditional veneers. Also the "three short visits" was appealing as well.
What a lie.
The first batch that came in had one broken - so it had to be remade. The first batch that was installed took a very long time and my gums were lacerated- and the dentist had to drill into the Lumineers to shape them - particularly the big front tooth (the other big front tooth arrived broken). The big front tooth had a strange indention in them - to look "natural" . But my original front teeth did not have indentions to begin with - so I felt like I had horse teeth.
So I am as perplexed as other reviewers - you know these are made in a lab -why do they have to be adjusted so much at the dentists' office? I was told that the lab technician they normally request left the company.
Another one did not have the right symmetry with the other mirrored tooth. When the broken one was cemented - the dentist used a different colored cement - so it was darker than the other 9 teeth. A week later when I had the contacts in between the teeth released (that's a fancy term for removing the left over cement in between the teeth) a third Lumineer mysteriously had a horizontal crack through it.
After that visit - I still had some rear teeth that did not have the left over cement removed - so I was unable to floss. When I forced myself to floss with a floss aide - a fourth Lumineer popped off. I was livid.
I thought - wow - I spent 10k and my smile is uneven in color/hue, there is a symmetry issue on one tooth, one fell out after flossing, and one has a horizontal crack through it.
I asked my dentist to remove all of the Lumineers and start over which he agreed to do. I'm still waiting to have the new ones installed. Lumineers my natural bell shaped teeth as not being workable with the Lumineers. So my dentist did what I didn't want to do - shave my natural teeth down. They aren't shaven down as much as a traditional veneer but they look awful.
It's now been a month and I still haven't received the new batch of Lumineers. My dentist office told me that the Lumineer company is going through a "quality control" with my batch since I've had issues - so they will take even longer to deliver them to me.
I completely regret ever buying Lumineers. They break, chip, crack and an exceptional amount of time has to be reserved for prepping the teeth, installing the Lumineers, releasing the contacts in between the teeth (which can take two or more visits), and if you have any issues - you then have to reserve time to start the whole process over.
I know my experience is not over yet. I will update once I have the new ones in.
I honestly can't recommend my dentist because had I been informed upfront about possible issues that could occur (apparently one of his family members had a bad "batch") I would have reconsidered ever buying Lumineers.