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My dentist stained my Lumineers

January 14, 2014

I’ve spent $15,000 on Lumineers and I hate them. My dentist and I went over what I wanted before he ordered them, but for some reason he put a stain on them. When I told him I didn’t like the stain, he said that was the only way they would look normal. Why would he do this?

Wendy S. – Pennsylvania


I can tell you why he did this, but it won’t help you fix it. Many dentists who “practice” cosmetic dentistry don’t really understand it. In dental school dentists are taught that the dentist knows best and that for a smile to look “natural”  there must be some stain on them.  However, true cosmetic dentists understand that what looks natural is the look the patient is striving for. If you wanted a bright white smile, you should get one.

Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to have them re-done.  I know it probably makes you sick to hear that.

When you do get your Lumineers re-done, make sure you go to a dentist who listens to you.  Some dentists, like Dr. Swearingen, have what is known as a beautiful smile guarantee, where the Lumineers are not permanently bonded onto your teeth until you’ve had a chance to try them on and are sure you like them.

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Stained Lumineers

September 16, 2013

Filed under: Lumineers — Tags: , , , — okcitydentist @ 1:48 pm

I got Lumineers to improve my smile, including the color.  My dentist put a stain on them in order to make them look “natural”.  If wanted my teeth to look the way they did before I wouldn’t have gotten Lumineers. Is there anything that can be done?

Brooke- Benton, AR


A lot of it will depend on if they were permanently bonded on or not.  If he just did a temporary try in paste, then he can send them back to get the color you want.  However, if they were bonded on already, you would need a new set of Lumineers.

Unfortunately you dentist will probably not do that for free. Did you tell your dentist ahead of time what level of whitening you wanted? If so, he has some responsibility to meet what you guys agreed on.

When dentists are in dental school, they are taught that teeth need a staining put on them in order to look more natural. However, most cosmetic dentists have learned that what you really need is to listen to the desires of their patients.

If your dentist is not willing to work with you then you’ll probably have to find another dentist to fix your work.  Get a consultation with them ahead of time to make sure it is someone who will really listen to you.

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Bad tooth bonding

May 21, 2013

I had a small chip on my tooth and decided to get if repaired with dental bonding. I am really frustrated with the results. Not only is the color off, but you can really tell where the “new” part of the tooth is. What do I do?

Sam S.- Washington D.C.


First, I would give your dentist another chance to get the tooth bonding correct. It isn’t always easy to match the tooth color correctly, but you have the right to expect it.  In fact, the second appointment should be free of charge. Getting the color right is a basic expectation with this service.

If after the second treatment, you are still unhappy with the results, then I would be comfortable telling you to seek a different dentist for treatment.

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