Lumineers are a brand of veneers we offer at Vera Clinic as a dental procedure to improve your smile. A similar option to veneers, lumineers have a slimmer structure and compressed elevation, meaning no removal of enamel happens in the procedure. If you want to keep the enamel on your teeth, lumineers might be the best option to go for. We require teeth to be a natural white colour for lumineers, with no stains as the lumineers are translucent. No dark stains on the teeth will be covered, only minor light ones. Find out more about our lumineer procedures at Vera Clinic.
What Exactly Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of dental veneers that come in the form of ultra-slim shells and are typically partially translucent. The dimensions of lumineers, as opposed to porcelain veneers, and due to their relatively tenuous build do not include the filing of the enamel layer as a necessary part of the procedure. Therefore, for those who do not wish or who are not keen on scraping off a layer of the enamel to fix the aesthetic appearance of their teeth, lumineers can be a feasible option.
The Benefits of Lumineers
There are many benefits of lumineers, these include:
- Less teeth sensitivity will be experienced
- Less pain than other dental procedures, such as crowns
- No need for temporaries, the same processes as veneers
- No recovery time
- A quick solution for minimal discolouration
Lumineers for Crooked Teeth
Lumineers are a subset of dental veneers that don’t remove your enamel. For those who aren’t keen on sacrificing the enamel, Lumineers can be an ideal option for crooked teeth. Owing to the slim structure of Lumineers, you can correct minor issues of crooked teeth.
Differences Between Lumineers and Other Dental Treatments
There are some differences between lumineers and other dental treatments, find them here:
- Lumineers and porcelain veneers come at a relatively similar price, but are, however, much more expensive than composite veneers
- Both lumineers and porcelain veneers are very strong and durable materials whereas composite veneers can be extremely vulnerable to chipping and breaking.
- Composite veneers can be crafted and applied on-premises, whereas lumineers and porcelain veneers need to be sent to an off-site laboratory to be crafted.
Alternatives to Lumineers
There are many advantages of this procedure but some decide to go for other dental work, such as dental crowns, veneers or different treatments to get that famous Hollywood smile. It depends on what you are looking for when it comes down to dental treatments, your age, the condition of your teeth and how much you’d like to spend. Here are some details about the alternatives to lumineers:
Veneers – Known for lasting a long time, made from porcelain and your tooth will need to be cut down to fit them, damage to teeth will likely be caused.
Crowns – Like veneers your teeth can be damaged when crowns are fitted, some of the healthy parts of your tooth will be removed.
Both alternatives can cause more damage to your teeth than lumineers, and due to this, many decide to book a lumineers treatment instead. You can browse our other dental treatments if you are open to considering a range of different options.
Are Lumineers or Veneers Better?
If you have particularly stained teeth, you can go for dental lumineers as they are best for discoloured teeth and teeth that are unusually shaped. Lumineers are transparent, unlike veneers that are porcelain veneers. Those who have severely discoloured teeth can go for lumineers to cover the unwanted colour.
Is it better to have Dental Implants or Veneers?
Depending on what you want to achieve with your teeth’s appearance, you may need a combination of to get the results you want. This is true if you have any missing teeth, for example, as dental implants will be needed so that veneers can be moulded and fitted to them. During a consultation, our dental surgeons will be able to examine and evaluate what work you will need for the results you desire. This will factor into the costs and procedure length if both are needed. At Vera Clinic, both procedures will provide strong, aesthetically pleasing results for many years of satisfaction.
Can Lumineers be removed?
Lumineers can be removed but if healthy enamel was removed from your teeth to fit the veneers, you will need another type of covering on your teeth to protect them. Your exposed teeth will be extra sensitive and look different next to your normal teeth. Those who are unhappy with how their veneers look, we can replace them with traditional porcelain veneers and don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss this. We are always willing to recommend dental treatments and help you select the best ones for you. In lots of cases, we fix the smiles of our patients to get them exactly what they want.