A pain-free alternative to traditional dental veneers

By Stephanie Guler, Senior Content & Social Media DeveloperLast modified: April 12, 2011


Lumineers are a super-thin, reversible and pain-free alternative to traditional dental veneers.

Everybody knows that a beautiful smile can light up a room. Even if yours could use some changing, at least now you don’t have to make the commitment to permanent dental veneers. Lumineers have the ability to correct flaws, reshape teeth, and create the same superstar smile that veneers can, minus the pain and damage to your own teeth.

A Good Candidate for Lumineers

People who choose to have Lumineers want to cosmetically improve the look of their smile without the commitment, pain and time of traditional dental veneers. Whether you have chipped, misshapen, or discolored teeth, Lumineers could work for you. An ideal candidate for Lumineers is somebody whose teeth are already fairly straight and who doesn’t need to make major changes to their smile.

Preparing for Lumineers

First, patients must find a dentist who specializes in Lumineers. They are unique in comparison to other cosmetic dental procedures, and should be asked for by name. Once you’ve chosen your dentist and had your Lumineers consultation, the journey to a new you begins.

The Lumineers procedure typically lasts only two visits to your dentist’s office. On the first visit, your dentist will make a custom mold of your teeth, which will then be sent off to create your very own set of Lumineers. During the same visit, you and your dentist will decide which shade of white your new Lumineers will be. Normally, you would want to choose a color that will look the best with your natural complexion.

Unlike dental veneers, there is no need to grind down the natural shape of your teeth, which eliminates the need for painful injections, recovery time and temporary veneers. You can go home with your own teeth intact, which is the very reason why many patients choose Lumineers over traditional veneers.

Lumineers Procedure

After a period of about one to two weeks, your custom Lumineers will arrive at your dentist’s office and by this time you will be more than ready for a new and improved smile. The dentist will test the Lumineers for fit and color, and if all is well, the application process will start.

First your dentist will etch your teeth slightly to create the perfect surface for your Lumineers to sit on. Again, in most cases, your natural teeth will not be changed at all, so there will be no need for anesthetic injections, which means no pain! After the surface of your tooth is prepared, your Lumineers will be attached and adhered with a curing light.

After the Lumineers are bonded to your teeth, you are free to go about your day, as there is no pain or recovery period associated with the Lumineers procedure.

Cost of Lumineers

When compared to traditional dental veneers, Lumineers are a more affordable veneer option. Because the procedure requires less work and often no anesthesia, the cost of Lumineers can be up to 75% less than dental veneers. Keep in mind that the cost of Lumineers will vary based on your location and which dentist you choose.

Find a dentist specializing in Lumineers to learn more about this procedure.

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