There are various options to get beautiful teeth quickly – for example Lumineers, an alternative to veneers. What are Lumineers exactly, what is the difference compared to veneers and what is the right treatment for you?
Lumineers are a specific type of ceramic veneers used to correct flaws on teeth and belong to the group of the so-called non-prep veneers. The term “Lumineers” is actually a private brand label of a Californian dental manufacturer. However, the term is increasingly being used as a synonym for non-prep veneers in general.
Non-prep veneers are a type of veneers that do not require to prepare the teeth. Lumineers, or non-prep veneers in general, are ultra-thin and can be bonded directly to the tooth without having to shave down the tooth surface first.
Lumineers can correct many different aesthetic flaws. For example slightly crooked, chipped or imperfect teeth. Lumineers can also correct various tooth discolourations. Lumineers are a quick solution to correct damaged enamel, white or yellowish spots on the teeth, making your smile look natural and harmonious.
However, Lumineers are not always the best solution to get a flawless smile. More complex cases of stained or misaligned teeth often cannot be corrected with Lumineers since the ceramic is too thin. In addition, both the wafer-thin shells and the adhesive used are not indestructible. For example, Lumineers would not withstand strong teeth grinding.
In many cases, veneers are a good alternative that can not only correct more flaws, but often last longer.
How much Lumineers cost depends on the number of Lumineers and on the dental practice. The price consists of the following:
Original Lumineers are usually a bit more expensive than non-prep veneers from other brands. Average Lumineers prices:
Just like with veneers, the costs for Lumineers and other non-prep veneers are generally not covered by health insurance since they’re considered a cosmetic and a non-medical treatment.
The durability of Lumineers can vary and always depends on the patient’s oral hygiene. The American manufacturer of the original Lumineers guarantees a durability of 5 years. However, real-life cases have shown that with good care and good quality materials, they can also last up to 10 years or more.
The two major differences are the thickness of the material and how the ceramic teeth are attached. Generally speaking, both methods can be a good solution for discoloured teeth or other aesthetic defects in the front teeth.
However, since the condition of your teeth is a major factor in determining whether Lumineers or veneers are the better choice for you, it is essential to consult a specialist. So in conclusion, there is no general answer as to which option is better for you.
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In most cases, non-prep veneers are made of ceramic. For Lumineers in particular, a patented Cerinate™ ceramic from their own manufacturing company is used. According to Denmat’s own statements, this type of ceramic provides greater strength compared to other materials and allows to manufacture even thinner ceramic shells.
Lumineers are bonded to the teeth. However, Lumineers should be applied by certified dentists only. The certification is issued directly by the manufacturer and confirms that the treating dentist has completed a Lumineers training course and has the necessary expertise.
Smile makeovers are becoming increasingly popular, not least on account of celebrities, and people all across the world are after the so-called Hollywood smile. Studies* have shown that in addition to simpler methods such as whitening, the demand for Lumineers and Veneers is increasing rapidly. Nowadays patients are opting more often for long-term solutions instead of short-term treatments that need to be repeated on a regular basis.