Lumineers are an effective way to transform the appearance of your smile. While they are similar to porcelain veneers and can be used to address many of the same issues, they also have some differences.
The main way that Lumineers differ from conventional porcelain veneers is in their thickness. Lumineers are significantly thinner at approximately 0.2mm which affords patients several benefits. Firstly, their thinner appearance means that they more closely resemble the translucency of natural dental enamel, making them extremely discreet. Secondly, and for many people most importantly, their thinness means that in most instances, there is little to no preparatory work needed. This allows them to be fitted more quickly, without the need for local anesthetic, filing, and any associated inconvenience.
Some may think that the ultra-thin nature of Lumineers means that the strength, durability, and longevity may be compromised, but this is far from the truth. Studies have shown that proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups can help Lumineers to last for several decades or longer.
Lumineers are versatile and can be used to resolve a variety of different cosmetic dental issues including:
Correcting teeth that are slightly crooked
Covering teeth that are discolored or stained
Closing small gaps between teeth that look unsightly or that cause food and bacteria to become trapped
Create greater uniformity across the size and thickness of all of your teeth
Covering cracks, chips, and other superficial damage
If you aren’t sure if your cosmetic issue can be resolved using Lumineers, your dentist will be happy to advise you.