Hi, was just quoted $1100 per tooth for Lumineers. Somebody help me. Is this normal? Need to get my sons to go to dental school!
– Barbara from Boca Raton, Florida
Yes, that fee is about right for Florida. And I want to caution you to be very careful with Lumineers. Maybe you’re going to an expert cosmetic dentist and maybe you’re not. The company that makes Lumineers is really pushing this because, of course, they want to sell as many of them as possible. And so many non-expert cosmetic dentists are getting on the bandwagon. “Hey, this is easy, any dentist can do this,” is what they’re told. But not so.
Creating a new smile is an art, and 95 to 98% of dentists are technicians, not artists. They’re trained to fix things, and they aren’t esthetically motivated and they think esthetics is no big deal. Are you sure this dentist is an artist? You need to know. Is this dentist among the 2 to 5% of dentists who can create a beautiful smile?
And if money is an issue, my advice would be to just leave well enough alone and not even do it. Why pay $1100 per tooth and end up with a disappointing smile? Just keep what God gave you – you’ll be better off. But if you go shopping around for the best deal, I’m sure you’ll find a lower price. You could probably find someone there near Boca Raton who would do them for $600 per tooth, if that’s what you want. When that happens, start saving up your money and in a few years have them re-done by an artist, and pay the going price, and you’ll walk away with the beautiful smile you thought you were going to get in the first place.
Read our page about the cost of Lumineers for more insight. And then read the article from the Wall Street Journal about the thriving business of expert cosmetic dentists fixing the botched cosmetic work of general dentists who claim to be cosmetic dentists. And then, if you’d still like more information, read the selection of cosmetic dentistry horror stories from visitors to our site.
There’s my two cents worth. I hope this is helpful.
– Dr. Hall
See Barbara’s follow-up question about the cost of porcelain veneers.
You also may be interested in seeing our page about the cost of porcelain veneers.
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.
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