I want to upgrade my smile. I need them whiter and my two front teeth are a tad crooked. I was thinking of getting porcelain veneers. My dentist suggested I get Lumineers, but before that he wants me to get Invisalign to straighten those two teeth. I just want to get a sort of “second opinion” before going through all that.
Bear in mind when I give you an answer that I haven’t seen your case, so I’m giving generalities here based on what you’ve written. In general, you would either do Invisalign or porcelain veneers, not both. Porcelain veneers can make your teeth look straight. You mentioned it is only your two front teeth which are crooked, which shouldn’t be too complicated. It’s possible your dentist is just in over his head and he doesn’t know how to fashion porcelain veneers except under the ideal conditions.
Rather than say that, he is suggesting you use Invisalign to fix the crooked teeth and then he’ll place Lumineers. That brings me to another reason I think he is in over his head. Lumineers is a particular brand of porcelain veneers that is heavily marketed to inexperienced dentists as being easy to place. Your case is a smidge more complicated.
You haven’t mentioned anything about needing or wanting to change the size and shape of your teeth. Aside from the front teeth, you’ve only mentioned wanting to whiten their color. If that’s the case, porcelain veneers may not be necessary.
You can whiten and straighten your teeth all at once using invisible braces, saving you thousands of dollars. My suggestion is you get Invisalign to straighten your teeth. The aligners can also double as teeth whitening trays. Your dentist simply has to provide you with the whitening gel. Wear the gel while you’re straightening your teeth. When you are done, you’ll have beautifully straight, white teeth.
Additionally, these two procedures are simple enough they can be done even by inexperienced cosmetic dentists. If you were to get porcelain veneers, I would recommend you go to someone with more expertise.
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