Lumineers are a popular veneer option because they are a “minimal preparation” or “no-preparation” procedure that is attractive to both dentists and patients who benefit from the concept of tooth preservation. This technique is best used with patients who have spacing in their smile and only minor tooth rotations. Most cosmetic dentists employ conservative bonding techniques in which they only remove enough surface enamel to allow a ceramist to make life-like teeth for patients. Often Lumineers do not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for proper placement. The veneers are adhesively bonded to the “facial (front) surface” of the teeth, making the process as much of a minimally invasive procedure as possible.
Lumineers vs. traditional veneers
Traditional veneers and their thick nature require the grinding down of your original tooth structure. This can be a painful, anxious experience that many patients would prefer to avoid. Lumineers are unique in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. Lumineers are so thin they require little to no tooth reduction and no shots. Once the procedure is completed, there is no tooth sensitivity or placement discomfort, so they look and feel natural from the moment they are placed. With Lumineers you can eat and drink anything you want with confidence because they are applied in the most durable way possible.
With Lumineers you get:
- Permanently white results that last
- Contact lens thin veneer
- Sensitivity-free results
- A quick and easy process
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are Lumineers?
With proper care, Lumineers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Dr. Garrett will ensure that your Lumineers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.