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What Is Lumineers

What are the advantages of Lumineers?

Lumineers have to be one of the most effectively advertised cosmetic dental procedures, but what exactly are the benefits of Lumineers? And why should someone choose the procedure over traditional porcelain veneers?

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers is simply a brand of porcelain veneers. They are much thinner than traditional porcelain veneers – a characteristic that lends its self to certain advantages and disadvantages.

Both traditional veneers and Lumineers can correct uneven, broken and discolored teeth, and both procedures can produce lasting effects.

Anyone previously interested in the procedure will know that Lumineers are often touted as a quick, painless alternative to porcelain veneers and while this may be true, these benefits come with tradeoffs.

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Lumineers

Advantages

  • Quicker than traditional porcelain veneers
  • Reversible procedure
  • Fitted without any anesthetic injections
  • Fitted without drilling the tooth
  • Less pain

Disadvantages

  • Less natural looking results
  • More susceptible to damage
  • Can lead to problems with speech and biting habits
  • Can be annoying

Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, including Lumineers, are thin sheets of porcelain. Traditional veneers are made using a plaster-cast of the patient’s mouth – a process that can involve days of waiting whilst the veneers are being sculpted.

Porcelain veneers are quite thick, they typically measure around .4mm – .8mm. Because of this, dentist must trim down the tooth using a dental drill, so when the veneers are placed the tooth is still its original size.

Having oversized teeth can lead to problems with speech or biting habits, so it’s imperative the dentist trim and sculpt the tooth before attaching traditional veneers. This procedure requires the use of a dental drill, and of course, anesthetic administered by injection.

The time it takes to sculpt, drill and fit the veneer is much longer than the Lumineers procedure, however traditional veneers often produce much more natural results.

This is because enamel is actually translucent; it’s the color of dentine underneath that makes teeth white. Porcelain veneers, at .4 – .8mm thick, recreate this translucent effect more naturally than Lumineers, resulting in more natural looking teeth.

Lumineers

Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers measuring around .2mm -.3mm thick. This makes them much more susceptible to damage, but it also shortens the procedure time.

Because Lumineers are so thin, many dentists do not trim down the tooth prior the procedure, instead the Lumineers are placed directly onto the original surface of the tooth.

This cuts down the time it take to fit the veneers, it also means there is no anesthetic injection or drilling of the tooth.

These benefits do come with some compromise. Lumineers tend to look less natural than traditional veneers and because it is fitted without any pre-sculpting of the tooth, Lumineers increases the size of the tooth which can lead to the problems mentioned before.

Being so much thinner, Lumineers are also more susceptible to damage, and when Lumineers break, there is often no easy way to correct them. The best way to prevent problems with Lumineers is to choose a highly qualified and experienced cosmetic dental practitioner.

Both traditional veneers and Lumineers do not strengthen the tooth; they are purely for cosmetic reasons.

Are Lumineers Right For Me?

Lumineers may be a good alternative to traditional porcelain veneers if you require:

  • A no-drilling process
  • No injections/needles
  • A reversible procedure
  • Less waiting

Please note that these benefits come with a certain amount of compromise – less natural looking teeth and a higher damage risk.

If you would like more natural looking veneers; you don’t mind needles and dental drills; and you have the time to wait while your veneers are being sculpted, then traditional porcelain veneers may be more suitable for you.

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