I was so excited to get my new Lumineers so I was ready for my upcoming job interview. But, now I’m totally regretting it. What good is a beautiful smile if I can’t talk! Did the cosmetic dentist screw up? My tongue keeps getting stuck and it sounds like a have a lisp. They feel really thick and I can’t seem to get used to them. I’ve already complained and went back in and the dentist made some adjustments. But, they aren’t any better! He told me I’d get used to them and my talking would adjust on its own. I’m really worried I’m not going to be able to go to my job interview next week.
-Karrie in Florida
This sounds like a terrible situation and hopefully, a lesson learned for anyone reading it. No prep veneers aren’t always the best option. Even though they are very thin, when there is no tooth preparation, Lumineers can cause problems for patients. Often, they end up looking and feeling bulky and longer than natural teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers require a tiny portion to be shaved off of your tooth. This means there is a seamless transition between the veneer and your natural tooth. The result is usually much more natural-looking too.
Basically, not every dentist can do beautiful porcelain veneers. And the same holds true for no-prep veneers. No matter how thin the veneer is, it is still very difficult to get right. At this point, it doesn’t sound like your dentist is being very helpful. “You’ll get used to it,” isn’t going to cut it. It may be time to consult with another cosmetic dentist in your area.
It also is important to realize that not every person is a candidate for no preparation veneers. Your dentist should have realized this. Or he simply may not have the expertise required. Honestly, most excellent cosmetic dentists will refuse to do Lumineers. They come with trademark restrictions and they don’t look as good as traditional veneers. Often, patients aren’t happy with the outcome.
You could try having the dentist readjust them again, so hopefully, it will be enough that you can speak for your interview. Then, you really should get a second opinion. Then, when it’s done, another more experienced cosmetic dentist may be able to reshape them. But, you may end up needing them to be completely redone. If that’s the case, you should consider traditional porcelain veneers.
Read or sing aloud as much as possible. This will help your tongue get used to them faster. Good luck! Hopefully, you’re still able to make your job interview.
This post is sponsored by a cosmetic dentist in Barrington, James T. Gavrilos, DDS.