Can my Lumineers be made shorter after they have been placed?

2013.04.30

I got Lumineers 8 on my upper teeth. They are a little too wide and noticeably too long. Can this be fixed? – Victoria

Victoria – Unfortunately, porcelain veneers cannot be altered after they are bonded onto your teeth.

Experienced cosmetic dentists know that Lumineers can often be too bulky, opaque, or long on patients’ teeth. So many cosmetic dentists use other brands of porcelain veneers.

When you receive porcelain veneers of a skilled cosmetic dentist, he or she will determine in advance how you want your new smile to look. You will be able to try in the veneers, and any adjustments you want will be made before the veneers are bonded to your teeth.

When the veneers are bonded to your teeth, changes can no longer be made to them.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

I don’t sleep for 48 hours will it reduce my fear at the dentist’s office?

2013.04.16

I have serious dental phobia. I am wondering if I don’t sleep for 48 hours or so will it help me sleep at the dentist. If I can’t fall asleep totally I am hoping that the sleepiness will reduce the level of my fear. – Kenny from Greenfield

Kenny – It is dangerous not to sleep for 48 hours for any reason. There are dentists who can help you relax without putting you in danger or at risk of having a serious accident.

A sedation dentist, sometimes called a sleep dentist, can either give you nitrous oxide gas to help you relax, or as a stronger solution, a mild sedative.

You will be conscious, but completely relaxed, so you can have a productive dental appointment. You probably won’t remember any of the appointment.

Do an Internet search for “sedation dentist” to find this type of dentist in your area.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.