I notice that with some veneers there is a discoloration of the gums, kind of a "graying" of the gums around the veneers. Is this common, what causes it, and what can be done to prevent it? My fiancée is about to get Lumineers and we are concerned that she will develop this discoloration.
—Andrew from Arizona
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You're very observant to notice this. Unfortunately, you're more likely to get that gum discoloration with Lumineers. The graying is a sign of a health problem in the gums, and it comes from overcontouring the veneer at and just under the gumline. The way most Lumineers are made, they tend to be overcontoured at the gumline.
If you're going to invest all that money in a new smile, I'd really recommend you go to an expert cosmetic dentist. We have three excellent cosmetic dentists listed in the Phoenix area and I'll guarantee you that none of them will make veneers for you that will cause the gums to go gray like you have noticed on others. The contours at the gumline and the health of the gums are critical items we look at before we list any cosmetic dentist. Not only does it detract from the aesthetics of the case, it's a long-term health problem. Gum disease is a serious issue that can have serious long-term implications.
Additional related information:
- What is the cost of Lumineers?
- A patient in Texas had a bad experience with Lumineers. A week after getting them placed, one of the teeth started to turn dark. Read the whole story.
- Vivaneers are a brand that is very similar to Lumineers. They are also very tough, can be made 0.3 millimeter thick, and are promoted to be used with a no-prep technique.
- Nancy in California almost had some bulky Lumineers placed. But the dentist thought that they looked fine. She ended up leaving the office in tears. Dr. Hall tells her what to do now.
- Click here for referral to an expert cosmetic dentist.
- Click here to return to the frequent questions about cosmetic dentistry page.