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Lumineers are a brand of veneers manufactured by DenMat Dental Laboratory and used in cosmetic dentistry. They are often referred to as “no-prep” veneers.
Lumineers are thinner and less expensive than traditional veneers. The shells take less time to prepare and can be removed or replaced relatively easily.
They are made of cerinate feldspathic pressable porcelain. This porcelain is about 0.3mm thin (about the same thinness as a contact lens) and is very strong.
Lumineers require little to no tooth grinding or reduction and can last many years with proper care.
The placement process for Lumineers is pain-free and takes between 1 and 2 hours. Your dentist will use a bonding material to attach the Lumineers to your teeth. Once they are successfully placed, your dentist will polish them until smooth.
Dental veneers are cosmetic coatings that are attached to your natural teeth. Lumineers are technically a type of dental veneer, though they differ from traditional veneers in several ways.
Traditional porcelain veneers (1.5mm) are thicker than Lumineers (0.3mm). While this doesn’t seem like much, it can make a big difference.
With conventional veneers, some of your natural tooth material will need to be removed to create enough space and an even surface for the shells of porcelain to be applied.
One of the most significant differences is that Lumineers are “reversible” and can be removed with little to no effect on your natural teeth. Traditional veneers are permanent, as your tooth structures must be altered before applying them.
There are also removable veneers, which are a cheaper and temporary solution for people who do not want to commit to Lumineers or veneers.
Traditional veneers require more preparation and dental work compared to Lumineers.
The process for Lumineers looks like this:
The process for traditional veneers includes:
The application process is similar for both treatments. The dentist will apply an adhesive to your teeth, attach the veneers, then shine a blue light on your mouth to harden the adhesive quickly.
They may schedule an appointment for a couple of weeks after the application to follow up with you.
Traditional veneers come in a variety of shades. Their thickness allows them to be completely opaque, so they can create that perfect "Hollywood smile" that many celebrities have.
Lumineers are thinner and, therefore, slightly translucent. Their appearance is much closer to that of natural tooth enamel. They provide significant cosmetic benefits and give most people a beautiful smile but may not be able to whiten teeth that are severely stained or discolored.
The total cost will depend on the difficulty of your case, the size of your teeth, where you are located, and your dentist's pricing program.
Most insurance plans will not cover these treatments, as they are considered cosmetic procedures. However, you may receive discounts if you are having several teeth treated.
Most dentists have payment plans so that you can pay off your treatment over time.
There is some debate over which procedure is more durable. However, both treatments will generally last at least 8 to 10 years and, with proper care, can last up to 20 years or more.
As with any dental procedure, there are risks. The risks are not life-threatening, and with proper care, they can be avoided.
Common conditions and side effects of veneers may include:
Sensitivity in the teeth is common during the first 3 weeks after veneer placement. If sensitivity to cool or hot liquids lasts longer than 3 to 6 months, a more serious problem may be present. Contact your dentist if sensitivity lasts too long.
There is also a risk of dentin damage after veneer placement, but it is less common.
Just like natural teeth, veneers need to be kept clean to prevent gum disease.
A poorly fitted veneer can also change the alignment of a patient's bite, resulting in tooth sensitivity, bruxism, or jaw pain.
People with untreated dental conditions before veneer placement, such as enamel erosion, are more at risk of veneer failure. Alternative restorations, including crowns or cosmetic bonding, are often recommended to replace a veneer.
Both traditional veneers and Lumineers have their pros and cons.
-Opaque, so they’ll cover severe discoloration
-Have the look of natural teeth
|-Can be expensive
-Require tooth reduction
-Need costly replacements if damaged
-Can’t be removed
-Much less expensive than traditional veneers
-Can be replaced
-No tooth reduction required
|-Transparent, so less thorough at hiding discoloration or damage
-Not as durable as traditional veneers
Lumineers can help treat a variety of common dental issues, including:
To find out if you are a good candidate for Lumineers, find a certified Lumineers dentist near you, and schedule a consultation.
Lumineers are an alternative to traditional veneers. Made from porcelain, they are painless, easy to care for, and can last for up to 20 years. Applying your Lumineers is a simple process with a low risk of developing side effects.
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