What Are Lumineers?

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The veneer brand Lumineers has received a lot of publicity in recent years. The procedure is discussed like it is a miracle product. However, many people are not aware of what Lumineers are or how they work. In fact there are many aspects to Lumineers that many people do not know.

Features

  • Lumineers are a specific brand of dental veneers that have a different construction than other veneer styles. Traditional veneers are usually constructed from 0.5 millimeters thick. Lumineers are designed with different bonding techniques which make them stronger. The added strength enables a thinner final product which is the main selling point with Lumineers. Lumineers are able to be spread to 0.3 millimeters thick. Den Mart based in California is the creator of the Lumineers brand of dental veneers.

Materials

  • Lumineers are made from the same material as all other veneers. Dental veneers are made from a form of porcelain that is mixed with other materials to create a tooth-like coating that improves the appearance of the mouth. Lumineers are made from Cerinate porcelain and are usually attached with Ultra-Bond Restorative Resin Cement and Tenure adhesive glue. Cerinate porcelain is created with feldspathic porcelain mixed with leucite crystals. These materials provide a bond with the teeth that can last for twenty years or more.

Cost

  • The cost of Lumineers will vary by dentist, mouth preparation and how many are applied. Because less tooth preparation is used, in some cases the cost of Lumineer installation will be around ¾ of the price paid for other veneer procedures. In general the cost of Lumineers ranges from about $700 to $1100 per applied veneer. Each dentist will have a different price estimate based on the type of work necessary for each patient.

Installation

  • Lumineers can be installed in one of two ways. The first way is the traditional installation method. This is where a dentist will file down the existing teeth leaving gaps between the teeth so that the appearance of the Lumineers will look like the patient's regular teeth. The second way to install Lumineers is directly over the existing teeth. This coating will leave a bump between the tops of the original teeth and the new veneers. Some dentists do not like to use this method.

Purpose

  • The purpose of installing Lumineers rather than having another form of dental cosmetic surgery is twofold. Many people do not want to wait for the time it takes to improve their teeth using other dental methods. Other people have very bad teeth that would be almost impossible to fix any other way. Lumineers also sound better to individuals who are frightened by the idea of grinding away their natural teeth. Lumineers can provide an instantly brighter and whiter smile to almost anyone.

References

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