Traditionally, when receiving conventional porcelain veneers, a minimal amount of tooth structure must be removed from the front surface of the tooth. Approximately 0.5 mm is carefully ground away from the surface to ensure the porcelain veneer looks and feels natural and comfortable. It is a minimally invasive treatment, but porcelain veneers are irreversible. In contrast, Lumineers are reversible as it’s generally not necessary to prepare teeth. You may also hear Lumineers being described as ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless’ veneers.
What are Lumineers?
Whereas traditional porcelain veneers are approximately 0.5mm in thickness, Lumineers are about the same thickness as a contact lens, so approximately 0.2mm or less. They are digitally designed restorations that can be placed directly over your teeth, providing a natural looking smile. Your teeth will not need to be prepared so there is no need for anesthesia or temporary veneers while your permanent veneers are being made. If at any point in the future you decide you’d like to reverse treatment, then it’s simply a case of removing your Lumineers, exposing your undamaged and fully intact teeth underneath. Although Lumineers are very thin and are highly translucent, they are made from an advanced type of porcelain called Cerinate and which creates very natural effects.
What is the Procedure for Receiving Lumineers?
An initial consultation is required to assess your suitability for Lumineers. Next, our cosmetic dentist at the Smile Boutique Group will take a highly detailed impression of your upper and lower teeth. This sent to the Lumineers dental laboratory, along with other important information and possibly photographs of your teeth. The information allows the dental lab to construct your beautiful new Lumineers, ensuring they will look and feel very comfortable when placed over your natural teeth.
Will Lumineers Help Perfect My Smile?
These advanced veneers are great for masking discolored and stained teeth. Lumineers can adjust the alignment of slightly crooked teeth and where there is no real need for orthodontics. You may choose Lumineers to correct the shape of teeth which are slightly too small or misshapen and they can hide small chips in teeth. If you have unsightly gaps in between your teeth, Lumineers can help to close or minimize these spaces.
Can I Cover Old Crowns and
Bridges with Lumineers?
Yes, as Lumineers are highly suitable for placing over existing restorations, for example old crowns or bridgework, rejuvenating their appearance. This can be a good solution if you have an aging restoration that still fits extremely well but which has been made from a less clinically advanced porcelain. Even the porcelains used just a few years ago can lack the natural liveliness and translucency provided by modern restorations like Lumineers.
How Long Will Lumineers Last?
Despite their ultra-thin appearance, Lumineers are extremely strong and durable and can still look fresh and vital after twenty years, making them a cost-effective and long-term solution. As with any type of dental restoration, you can help to prolong the life of your Lumineers by ensuring you visit our cosmetic dentist at the Smile Boutique Group for regular checkups and cleaning, and by practicing good oral hygiene each day. Lumineers are a tried and tested procedure proven to give excellent results. If you would like to discover more about this treatment, please contact the Smile Boutique Group to schedule your consultation with our Lumineers-certified dentist.