Dentist won’t let me with my child

We went to my child’s first dental appointment and everything went fine. They were nice. My son was comfortable and had fun.  When we came back for his second check up, I was astonished to hear they wouldn’t let me go back with him. We had no problems in the first one, so I can’t understand why.  We left, because I was uncomfortable with the situation.  Why would they insist I send my child with a room full of what are essentially strangers to us.

Alana P. – Memphis, TN


Each dentist has their own policy when it comes to allowing parents into the operatory. Some dentists allow it all the time, some never. Others allow it for the first appointment only so the child will be eased into a trust relationship with the dentist. That sounds like the policy your dentist had.

However, never forget that you are the parent. You know your child best and have to do what you feel is right for them.  My suggestion is you call around until you find a dentist who treats children that is comfortable with you coming into the operatory.

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Lumineers and teeth grinding

I’ve never been happy with the way my smile looks. I’ve heard great things about Lumineers and would love to try them, but I also grind my teeth. Does that mean I’m not a candidate? Also, if that means I can’t get them and I don’t tell my dentist about the grinding, how long will the Lumineers last? I’m not against having them replaced at some point, but not in the very near future. I just don’t want to be told I can’t have them. I’m finally ready to do it and I’m afraid my dentist will say no.




Dear Erin,

Honesty is the best policy any time you seek medical advice. Grinding your teeth may or may not exclude you from having Lumineers done, but that’s something your dentist will need to diagnose.

Grinding and clenching will certainly reduce the longevity of your Lumineers, but it’s not possible to predict if or when they’ll fail. Impact from grinding your teeth while you sleep can be minimized or stopped with a night guard.  There are other appliances that may help during the day as well and a number of relaxation techniques that will help you overcome the daytime urge to grind or clench.

Your dentist may also recommend an alternate to Lumineers that will give you the beautiful esthetic results you want, but will stand up better to the stress you intend to put on them. Don’t think you have to go with a specific brand or style, just because it’s what you know.

One more thing to consider is that no restoration will last forever.  At some point, regardless of what you choose, it will need to be replaced. If you don’t take proper care with your restorations, they can fail in a very short period of time, but well-cared for, well-placed restorations can last decades or more. Have an honest discussion with your dentist about your circumstances and what you’d like to achieve and see what he suggests. You will be glad you did in the long run.

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Are Lumineers Reversible?

My dentist has learned how to do Lumineers.  He wants to give me Lumineers for a discount in order to build up his picture gallery. He told me it was reversible if I didn’t like it. I’m just doing a quick check to make sure that is the case.

Cyndy W. – Michigan


You’re dentist isn’t being thoroughly honest. While technically, you could consider Lumineers reversible because you can drill them off. That process does damage your tooth structure, which will require a seperate treatment to repair.

I think this is a disaster waiting to happen. To get certified to place Lumineers, you just have to pass a written exam.  I’d ask him more questions about his advanced cosmetic dentistry training. You don’t want a smile you’re embarassed to show publicly.

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