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Lumineers Questions


What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a kind of porcelain veneer described as no-prep or prep-less.

What can Lumineers be used to treat?

Theoretically, Lumineers can be used to treat all the same conditions as traditional porcelain veneers, including:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

However, in practice Lumineers are not a good treatment for everyone. Whether Lumineers are right for you depends on the shape of your teeth and the rest of your smile.

How are Lumineers different from other porcelain veneers?

Lumineers are made of a patented ceramic making them distinct from other porcelain veneers. The main difference, though, is that Lumineers are applied directly to the front surface of your teeth, while traditional porcelain veneers require that a small amount of dental enamel be removed to make space for the veneer.

Is preparation for traditional veneers painful?

Not generally. In most cases, porcelain veneers require removing a small amount of dental enamel, not enough to cause significant discomfort. We use anesthetic during the procedure to ensure comfort. You may experience soreness for a few days afterwards, but this is generally well-controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. The pain of the procedure is exaggerated by Lumineers advertising.

What are the advantages of Lumineers?

Lumineers are applied directly to the front of your teeth, which means that there is no preparation required, so you will spend less time in the chair preparing for them. Lumineers can also be cheaper than traditional porcelain veneers.

What are the disadvantages of Lumineers?

Because Lumineers are applied directly to the front of your teeth, they can have the effect of building up your teeth, which can make your smile look bulky and toothy. Because the Lumineer is trying to conceal staining with a very thin amount of porcelain, it is relatively opaque, which some people feel looks unnatural. Also, if poorly applied, Lumineers can create a ledge on the tooth surface that becomes a harborage for food deposits and bacteria.

The Lumineers website says they last for 20 years. Is that true?

Lumineers publicizes some research that was conducted by a pair of dentists associated with Den-Mat, the manufacturer of Lumineers, showing that 94% of Lumineers lasted for up to 20 years. It is impossible to know what the real quality of this research is because it was presented at a dental conference and has never been published in a peer-reviewed journal, it’s impossible for us to evaluate these claims. We like to say that Lumineers are likely to last as long as traditional veneers, with over 95% retention at about 11 years.

How do I know if Lumineers are right for me?

The best way to learn if Lumineers are right for you is to have your smile evaluated by skilled cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Davies, who can listen to your cosmetic goals, and help you decide whether Lumineers, traditional veneers, teeth whitening, dental crowns, or another treatment will best help you get the smile you desire. Dr. Davies experience helps him understand which treatments work best in which cases.

To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Davies, call or email Designer Smiles today. We proudly serve patients throughout the area.

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