You may have seen a Lumineers advertisement and have wondered if you would be a good candidate. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rick Lane, can place Lumineers, but prefers other brands of veneers.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers. When first introduced, they were stronger than other brands, and thus could be made thinner. In recent years, however, other brands of high-strength, ultra-thin porcelain have been introduced, including DURAthin, Vivaneers, Nano, and others.
An advantage of having an ultra-thin porcelain is that less tooth preparation has to be done, which conserves tooth structure. In some cases, the veneer can be placed with no tooth preparation at all.
A disadvantage of the Lumineers brand is the trademark restrictions placed on them by their manufacturer. They mandate that Lumineers be made in the Lumineers laboratory, which limits the options available to cosmetic dentists in creating customized smiles. The work of this laboratory has also been criticized by cosmetic dentists as looking bulky and too opaque. Other veneer brands do not have these limitations.
Selecting Your Lumineers Dentist
Be cautious of the dentist you select to place your Lumineers. In their marketing to dentists, they make it seem that Lumineers are easy to place. Since there is no tooth preparation required, all the dentist has to do, they say, is take an impression of the teeth and send it to the laboratory. But the truth is that doing a smile makeover with no tooth preparation is more demanding artistically than doing it with tooth preparation. If not done properly, the teeth can end up looking bulky, which is what often happens.
If you are interested in a smile makeover, Dr. Lane will be honest with you about the results you can expect with any of the brands or techniques available. To learn about your options, just call our office or complete our appointment request form.