What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of ultra-thin porcelain veneer that are thin enough, they may not require any tooth reduction. They are made from Cerinate porcelain by the DenMat company. Traditional veneers are about 0.5 mm thick, while Lumineers can be made about 0.3 mm in thickness.
What to Know About Lumineers
Lumineers are only one brand of the new ultra-thin porcelain veneers. There are now several brands of veneers that can be made with no tooth preparation. The difference with Lumineers is that the DenMat company has trademark restrictions on the product that requires the dentist to have them made in their own DenMat laboratory, while with other brands Dr. Vargas can use her own ceramist. The DenMat laboratory has been criticized by cosmetic dentists as producing work that makes the teeth look bulky and artificial. They may also make your natural teeth about 2 mm longer.
Not every patient wanting a smile makeover will be a candidate for no-prep or ultra-thin veneers. Dr. Vargas will help design a treatment plan that is right for you. If a no-prep veneer will work with your case, she is more than happy to make one. However, she personally prefers brands other than Lumineers.
Other Alternatives to Lumineers
Many people who think they need Lumineers would actually be better served by more conservative tooth bonding, or with Invisalign braces. Click here to read about Bioclear dental bonding, or here to read about Invisalign invisible braces. For an appointment, please call us or request an appointment online. To just find out if you are a candidate for any of these procedures, we’d be happy to see you for a quick complimentary consultation.