Lumineers are a brand of veneers used to improve the appearance of teeth. They are ideal for covering slightly discolored or chipped teeth and can give your smile a fresh, glossy white appearance.
Lumineers require less preparation and dental work than traditional veneers. It’s why they’re sometimes called “no prep” veneers.
Lumineers are made of an extremely thin laminate material, which makes them smooth and slick to the touch. And since they’re thinner than traditional veneers, the dentist doesn’t need to grind down or trim your natural teeth before applying them.
Lumineers vs. Porcelain Veneers
Lumineers and traditional veneers are similar, but there are some key differences.
Lumineers require no preparation, such as tooth grinding, shaving, or trimming. They’re considered semipermanent and can be removed with minimal damage to your natural teeth.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not long lasting. Lumineers can last up to 20 years with proper care. On average, they last around 10 years.
The process of getting Lumineers is faster, less expensive, and less intensive than porcelain veneers and requires fewer dentist visits. They’re a good option for people who want to preserve the integrity of their natural tooth surface.
Traditional veneers require much more tooth preparation (such as trimming and grinding) and are considered a permanent solution. Since the dentist must remove a thin layer of enamel to prepare your teeth, veneers are not reversible.
Veneers are less translucent than Lumineers, so they’re better at hiding tooth decay, stains, and discoloration. But they’re more expensive than Lumineers since they require more preparation. And because they take around 2-4 weeks to be made, you’ll need to wear temporary veneers while you’re waiting for custom veneers.
Benefits of Lumineers
Lumineers are a popular choice to restore damaged or discolored teeth. They are long lasting and require minimal preparation of your teeth. Here are some of the major benefits:
- ● Improved appearance
- ● Increased self-confidence
- ● Durable and long lasting
- ● Stain resistant
- ● Natural looking
- ● Easy to maintain
- ● Minimal preparation
Why Choose Dr. Goodman?
Dr. Goodman is one of the world’s most highly sought-after cosmetic dentists. Patients fly in from all over the country and around the world to benefit from his skill and experience.
Dr. Goodman has helped Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes, news anchors, and many other high-profile clients achieve exceptional smiles.
He is an authority in the field of cosmetic dentistry, having written numerous articles and papers about veneers. He is simply considered one of the best dentists for Lumineers and veneers in the world. You’re in good hands with Dr. Goodman and his talented team.
Who is a good candidate for Lumineers?
People with minimally stained, discolored, or damaged teeth are usually good candidates for Lumineers. Since Lumineers are thinner and more translucent (see-through) than porcelain veneers, they’re not the best choice for people with significant staining, discoloration, or tooth damage. Lumineers are also not recommended for patients who clench their teeth or have gum disease.
During your consultation, Dr. Goodman will meet with you and examine your teeth to determine which option is best for you. He will explain the pros and cons of Lumineers, veneers, and crowns, to help you make an informed decision.
How long do Lumineers last?
Lumineers can last anywhere between 5 and 20 years with proper care. That means brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for routine checkups.
How much do Lumineers cost?
A common question from our patients is are Lumineers cheaper than veneers? The short answer is yes, but the cost of Lumineers (or veneers) all depends on how much work you need.
Insurance companies generally consider Lumineers to be cosmetic and therefore may not pay for treatment. If insurance doesn’t cover Lumineers or you don’t have insurance, we offer payment options to help you pay for treatment.
What problems can Lumineers fix?
Lumineers for teeth whitening are a popular choice and can give you a fresh, glossy new smile. They not only cover up stains and discoloration, but they can also conceal small chips and cracks, tooth gaps, misalignment and crookedness, and other tooth irregularities.
Do veneers look natural?
Yes, Lumineers for cosmetic dentistry look natural and are an ideal choice for improving the appearance of your smile, since they are customized to match the color and shape of your teeth.
What does the process of getting Lumineers involve?
The treatment process for Lumineers is straightforward. Once Dr. Goodman assesses how many Lumineers you need, he will take impressions of your teeth and send the molds to the lab. Your customized Lumineers will be ready in 2-4 weeks.
Unlike traditional veneers, you won’t need any trimming or “prep,” nor will you need to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your custom Lumineers. Once your Lumineers are ready, you’ll see Dr. Goodman again and he will bond them to your teeth.
Ready to find out if Lumineers are right for you?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman today. A more beautiful smile is within reach!