The main way that Lumineers differ from conventional porcelain veneers is in their thickness. Lumineers are significantly thinner at approximately 0.2mm which affords patients several benefits. Firstly, their thinner appearance means that they more closely resemble the translucency of natural dental enamel, making them extremely discreet. Secondly, and for many people most importantly, their thinness means that in most instances, there is little to no preparatory work needed. This allows them to be fitted more quickly, without the need for local anesthetic, filing, and any associated inconvenience.
Won’t the thin nature of Lumineers compromise their durability?
What cosmetic issues can Lumineers resolve?
- Correcting teeth that are slightly crooked
- Covering teeth that are discolored or stained
- Closing small gaps between teeth that look unsightly or that cause food and bacteria to become trapped
- Create greater uniformity across the size and thickness of all of your teeth
- Covering cracks, chips, and other superficial damage
If you aren’t sure if your cosmetic issue can be resolved using Lumineers, your dentist will be happy to advise you.
How are Lumineers applied?
About 10-14 days later, you will make a final appointment where your Lumineers will be placed. This involves cementing them permanently over the top of your existing teeth. Assuming that no preparation work is needed, the fit of each Lumineer against each tooth will be checked before the adhesive is applied and the solution fixed in place. In the event that a little tooth enamel does need to be removed, a local anesthetic will be used to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort.
Once your Lumineers are in place, they will be polished to a high shine and you will be able to go home and start sharing your new smile with the world immediately. There is no downtime and you will be given instructions on the best way to care for your teeth at home to ensure that your Lumineers stay in great condition for as long as possible.