Lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers in that they are porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They are made from an extremely strong type of porcelain, called cerinate, which is very resistant to fracturing and therefore lasts longer than conventional types of veneers.
They are becoming very popular because they often require little to no tooth preparation, which means that patients do not need to be anesthetized and that they are essentially reversible. Because of the material, they can be made as thin as a contact lens.
They are normally bonded to teeth, but can also be bonded directly over existing porcelain crowns or bridges.
Lumineers vs Porcelain Veneers:
|No Preparation||Tooth need preparation|
|No temporaries needed||Temporary veneers needed|
|No numbing/anesthetic||Anesthetic needed|
|Lifetime warranty||No warranty|
How Long Do They Take to Do:
Because they require little to no preparation, at the initial appointment your dentist only needs to take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Depending on your situation, sometimes study/preliminary models are made in order to ensure that expectations of the patient and dentist are the same.
No temporary veneers are needed, and it will take about 2 weeks for the veneers to be made.
When you return, the veneers will be fitted and bonded to your teeth. This appointment may take a little longer to select the proper shade of cement to ensure the ideal esthetics. After the veneers are bonded, the dentist will also take some time to finish and polish the veneers and teeth for the best results.
How Long Do They Last:
They are most often bonded to enamel, which is the strongest bond to teeth possible. Conventional porcelain veneers are often bonded to dentin (the layer underneath the enamel), which is a weaker bond, and can cause sensitivity.
Because of the ideal bond and the strength of the cerinate porcelain, they are now offering a lifetime warranty, which is unheard of in the dental field.
Typically they cost about the same as standard veneers, but most veneers need to be replaced every 10 years or so. A lifetime warranty is hard to beat.
What Can They Fix:
They can be used for the following conditions.
This is a before and after photo. The photo on top is the before, which is not bad. The person has a nice smile, fairly straight teeth, and nice proportions.
The below photo is this person with lumineers. They can take the average smile to a virtually perfect smile. They can be made to the achieve the golden proportions, which has been shown to be the most esthetically pleasing.
The after photo also has given the person a much whiter smile.
Never underestimate a smile. Many people do not smile because they are embarassed of their teeth. Transforming a smile can literally change your life. It can make a shy, introverted person more confident, more outgoing, and help people live better, happier lives.
Even if you just want to see what it would look like, your dentist can take photos and the Lumineer studio can alter your photo to give you a before and after view before you even have any work done.
They can also do the work on study models, which will allow you to see exactly what your teeth can look like.
The shade can also be modified to make them as white as you want.
Q: What are Lumineers?
A: They are thin porcelain shields that are bonded directly to the fronts of your teeth to create dramatic, beautiful changes in your smile.
Q: Is there any discomfort involved?
A: No. They typically require little to no preparation, so no anesthetic or numbing is needed.
Q: How long will it take to get my beautiful white smile?
A: They typically takes 2 appointments with about a 2 week turnaround time in between.
Q: How do I know if they are right for me?
A: Your dentist can take a photo of you and the company can alter it to show you what it would look like with them done. This can also be done with study models if you prefer.
Q: Is there an age requirement for Lumineers?
A: It is available for all ages.
Q: How long do they last?
A: They now come with a lifetime warranty, which is virtually unheard of in the dental profession.