You can think of lumineers as an ultra-thin version of traditional veneers. They both perform the same function, which is to cover cosmetic imperfections in the teeth by bonding porcelain shells to the front of the teeth.
However, lumineers are not as thick, so while they can address many of the same aesthetic concerns as veneers, they may not be as effective at covering severe discoloration or chips that can show through the material.
They also require less preparation to bond them to the teeth and are reversible, unlike traditional veneers. Issues that can be corrected with lumineers include:
- Oddly shaped or sized teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Worn down enamel
- Chips & cracks
- Teeth that are too short or jagged
No, lumineers are not permanent and this is their biggest advantage over traditional veneers! Regular veneers require an irreversible procedure known as enameloplasty, which involves shaving down a ½ mm of your natural tooth enamel.
While veneers only last for 10-15 years before needing replacement, the permanent alteration of your teeth lasts forever. This means that veneers are a lifetime commitment since you will always need to cover your shaven-down teeth.
With lumineers, the thin material enables us to bond them to the top of your teeth without any enamel removal. This means you can change your mind later down the road and decide to have them removed. Your natural teeth will not be changed in any way.
First we’ll need you to come in for a consultation with Dr. John Shook so we can determine your eligibility for lumineers after assessing the condition and health of your teeth.
Digital impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your custom-made porcelain lumineers. In a few weeks, they will arrive at our dental office and you can return to have them bonded to your teeth.
At your second appointment, we will check the appearance and fit of your veneers before bonding them to the front of your teeth with dental cement.