We like our patients to have every available option when it comes to improving their smiles. Toward that end, Dr. Frey now offers Lumineers, a thinner form of veneer that doesn’t require removal of the underlying tooth enamel. In cases where preservation of tooth enamel is very important, Lumineers offer a great option compared with traditional porcelain veneers.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are veneers. But compared with traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are thinner (approximately 0.3 mm) and highly translucent. This allows them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. Because they are thinner, applying Lumineers doesn’t require removal of the existing tooth enamel. This makes the procedure painless, fast, and reversible should the patient opt to make a change later in life.
How do Lumineers compare with porcelain veneers?
The application of porcelain veneers requires removal of some of the existing enamel — usually about 5 mm — on the front of the teeth receiving the veneers. This makes room for the veneer. Because the enamel is removed, the patient will need a veneer on the tooth for the rest of his or her life.
Lumineers cover the same flaws and offer the same cosmetic improvements as porcelain veneers, but the procedure is much less invasive. The original tooth is left unchanged and the enamel is not damaged. This is possible because Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers (about as thick as a contact lens), but they still are incredibly strong and durable. In some cases, patients may feel that Lumineers may look or feel slightly bulkier when compared with porcelain veneers. That’s why Dr. Frey offers both options for his patients.
What problems can Lumineers cover?
Like porcelain veneers, Lumineers can provide a cosmetic solution to many problems with the teeth. It’s important to remember that, like porcelain veneers, Lumineers are only cosmetic solutions. They don’t solve underlying problems such as decay or gum disease; those issues must be addressed before Lumineers can be applied.
- Improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth
- Cover cracked or chipped teeth
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Whiten stained teeth
- Improve misshapen teeth
- Make uneven teeth even
What is the procedure for having Lumineers placed?
Dr. Frey places your Lumineers in two visits. On the first visit, we will create a precise mold of your teeth. Then Dr. Frey and you determine the shade that you seek (it may be wise to whiten your teeth prior to applying Lumineers if you want whiter shades). We send your mold along with photos of your teeth off to the DenMat Lab. DenMat is the only fabricator of Lumineers. Because no enamel needs to be removed, there is no need to place temporary veneers while you wait for your Lumineers to be made.
When we receive your Lumineers, you return for your second visit. Dr. Frey first checks the color match and fit of your Lumineers. Once both of you are satisfied, he permanently attaches the Lumineers to your teeth. The procedure is painless and takes around one hour.
Does it hurt to get Lumineers?
Because Dr. Frey doesn’t have to remove any enamel from your teeth, the procedure of fitting and placing Lumineers is painless. Plus, there isn’t any post-placement sensitivity or discomfort.
How long do Lumineers last?
Lumineers have been improving smiles for 30 years, and over one million sets have been placed on patients’ teeth. Clinical testing has shown the average lifespan of a set of Lumineers to be 20 years. Porcelain veneers generally last from 10 to 15 years.
What if I later want them removed?
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers can be removed. This is possible because the underlying enamel was not removed, so the natural tooth is usually still intact and strong.
Trust the training of Dr. Frey
Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are great options for cosmetically improving your smile. To become a Certified Lumineers Dentist, Dr. Frey has had extensive training in fitting and applying these ultra-thin veneers. Because he is experienced with both options, he can help you decide which works best for you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Lumineers and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 276-4537.