Lumineers are a new type of dental restoration that is often used in the same way a porcelain veneer is. In addition to severe tooth discoloration, Lumineers can be used to correct a number of dental issues, and are often preferred to both porcelain veneers and other dental restorations for a number of dental issues. Currently Lumineers are the most requested veneer system in the world.
Lumineers offer a number of advantages over traditional porcelain veneers. They are designed to be far thinner than traditional veneers; in fact, they are only about as thick as a contact lens. This means that they require far less preparation than regular veneers, virtually eliminating the need for anesthetic shots. Additionally, because porcelain veneers can take several weeks to be made in a dental laboratory after the teeth have already been prepared, they often require the use of temporary restorations to protect the teeth. Lumineers will not require this step, allowing you to look and feel normal and natural while you wait for your Lumineers to arrive.
Unlike porcelain veneers, Lumineers can be removed if you decide you no longer want them in the future. Because no tooth enamel has been removed from your teeth, you can have Dr. Mabry take off your Lumineers without worrying about the appearance, comfort, or functionality of your smile. As long as you have continued to follow good oral hygiene practices, your teeth will remain healthy and strong beneath the restoration.
How are Lumineers applied?
Lumineers will require two visits to our office. During your first visit, Dr. Mabry will take an impression of both your lower and upper teeth that will be sent to the Lumineers laboratory, along with other dental x-rays, photos, and records. These will be used to create your customized Lumineer restorations. There will be no need for shots, drilling, or the removal of any tooth enamel, and you will not require a temporary acrylic restoration between visits.
During your second visit, Dr. Mabry will place your Lumineers. He will first check to ensure they will not require any adjustment before lightly etching your teeth to prepare them for bonding. The Lumineers are bonded one by one to your teeth, and then checked to ensure a balanced fit an appearance. This will help prevent any chipping during regular use.
Are Lumineers painful?
No, Lumineers are not painful. In fact, because they eliminate the need for numbing shots, drilling, or grinding down of the teeth, In fact, most patients report that the Lumineer procedure is completely pain-free. Lumineers are often preferred to traditional porcelain veneers. They are also far less invasive and painful than other dental restorations, including orthodontics or dental crowns. Because they are so thin, there is no post-placement discomfort or sensitivity.
How much do Lumineers cost?
Lumineers are a lifetime investment, and should be considered as such. The cost of your Lumineers will vary based on your individual dental issues. You will need to discuss your individual situation with both Dr. Mabry and your insurance company to determine whether or not Lumineers are covered under your dental plan, and how much your individual cost will be. In many cases financing can be received for Lumineers with no down payment.
How long do Lumineers last?
Lumineers are extremely durable, and last far longer than many dental restorations, including traditional dental veneers. In fact, when cared for properly, Lumineers can last up to 20 years. While they are stain-resistant, it is important that you discontinue the use of tobacco products in order to help your Lumineers remain brilliant and stain-free. You will also need to continue to follow good oral hygiene practice, including brushing and flossing twice per day. Maintaining regular visits to our office for dental cleanings can also help to ensure your restoration stays looking its best for as long as possible.