Is there a dental plan that will partially pay for Lumineers? – Thanks Judi
Judi – Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one type of cosmetic dentistry. Generally, dental insurance doesn’t provide coverage for cosmetic dentistry.
Many dentists provide payment options for cosmetic dentistry. Credit cards, financing, and payment plans are often available. Speak with your dentist about your interest in porcelain veneers, and find out what forms of payment are accepted at the office.
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I’m not sure what to do. I spoke with my dentist ahead of time about exactly what kind of a smile makeover I wanted, which included a very white smile. For some reason when he ordered them he had them put on a stain. He said to make them more natural looking. However, I really didn’t want that kind of natural looking. I wanted white. He hasn’t permanently put them on yet, because I started crying when I saw them. Do I have to take them?
Cindy M.- Nevada
No you don’t have to have them permanently bonded on, especially if you had already told your dentist what kind of smile you were going for.
I can tell you a couple of things about your particular case and what went wrong. I suspect your dentist is your average family dentist, who also does some cosmetic work. He is not an expert cosmetic dentist. Here is why I think that. In dental school we’re taught that the dentist knows best and that to have a natural smile there needs to be some staining. However, those dentists with significant cosmetic training know that we are treating how you feel about your appearance. If a true cosmetic dentist had a patient burst into tears, they would immediately tell them the veneers would go back and be re-done.
Another reason that makes me wonder is his choice of porcelain veneers. Lumineers are merely a brand of porcelain veneers. The biggest downside to them is their lab. The Lumineers brand requires you to use their lab, which is not the highest quality.
What I recommend is that you go back to your dentist and tell him you are not interested in the Lumineers because they are not what you agreed to. Then I would look for a more experienced cosmetic dentist in your area. You can go to the mynewsmile.com website. They list expert, artistic cosmetic dentists from each state. You’ll be safe with a dentist recommended on that site.
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