WHAT IS A LUMINEER

Lumineers are extremely thin veneers made out of cerinate porcelain. The fineness of the Lumineers is often compared to the thinness of contact lenses for the eyes. They are specifically made for each patient in a laboratory in the US and are hand-crafted for bespoke results. They cover the natural teeth and can be used to treat all manner of problems, including crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and tooth stains.

WHAT ARE THE VENEERS

Veneers are normally made from either porcelain or composite bonding, functioning to cover the patient’s teeth and hide any imperfections. The fashion in which they cover the teeth is comparable to a false nail covering the nail underneath. We are able to offer our patients on-site porcelain veneers thanks to our dental technicians, but Lumineers are made at an exclusive laboratory in the US.

WHAT ADVANTAGES DO LUMINEERS OFFER?

Lumineers have a number of advantages over other veneers. One of the major advantages is that they are much thinner than, which means that less of the natural tooth will be removed before fitting the Lumineers. The material used is incredibly strong and outdoes other veneers in terms of strength and durability. The other advantage is that the treatment is reversible, which will come as welcome relief to patients if they wish to choose an alternative treatment in the future.

WHY SHOULD I NEED LUMINEERS?

Lumineers can treat a range of problems related to tooth imperfections, restructuring the teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing shape, colour and alignment. The colour of the Lumineers can be chosen to match the rest of the natural teeth, or you can choose to create a whiter look for all your teeth. Lumineers can treat discoloured teeth which are immune to whitening, chipped or cracked teeth, and teeth that are slightly out of line. They also work well to cover gaps between the teeth and offer an alternative to orthodontic treatment.

ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES?

White fillings are able to rebuild teeth and composite bonding can also treat teeth that are chipped or cracked. Crowns are also able to cover and protect decayed or weakened teeth. Other veneer treatments are available to treat tooth irregularities, such as conventional porcelain veneers, but these are not as thin or durable as Lumineers.

HOW LONG DO LUMINEERS LAST?

One of the most impressive things about Lumineers is their durability as they are proven to last over 20 years when well cared for. This is an amazing length of time and although they are more expensive than other veneers they last up to twice as long.

HOW IS A TOOTH PREPARED FOR A LUMINEERS?

When a normal veneer is fitted some of the tooth needs to be removed in order to fit the veneer. The advantage of Lumineers is that there is little preparation done on the natural teeth, if any at all. An impression will initially be taken and sent off to the Lumineer laboratory. The shade of white will be discussed beforehand, and upon the return of your Lumineers, they will be delicately applied to the teeth. Local anaesthetic may be used depending on each individual case..

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The Lumineers are fitted over two appointments in most cases. During the first visit the colour will be chosen and an impression taken of the mouth. This is then sent to the laboratory for fabrication of your Lumineers. During the second appointment the Lumineers will be fitted to the front of the teeth gently and precisely.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I HAVE HAD MY LUMINEER FITTED?

Adjusting to Lumineers can take time but you will soon adjust to their feel. A while after treatment your dentist may want to check on them and make sure everything is going well. If a Lumineer gets chipped or broken they can easily be repaired. But the risk of this is minimal anyway as Lumineers are strong and resilient.