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. Applying Lumineers doesn’t require removal of the existing tooth enamel before placement. They are simply bonded over natural teeth, or existing crowns and bridges. This makes the procedure painless, fast, and reversible, should the patient opt to make a change later in life.
On the first visit, a precise mold of the patient’s teeth will be created. Then Dr. Frey and the patient will determine the desired share of the Lumineers (it may be wise to whiten your teeth prior to applying Lumineers if you want whiter shades). The mold along with photos of the patients teeth are then sent 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 the custom Lumineers, the patient will return for the second visit. Dr. Frey first checks the color match and fit of the Lumineers. Once both Dr. Frey and the patient are satisfied, he permanently attaches the Lumineers to your teeth. The procedure of fitting and placing Lumineers is painless and takes around one hour. Plus, there isn’t any post-placement sensitivity or discomfort.
Lumineers have been improving smiles for 30 years, and over one million sets have been placed on patients’ teeth. Research has proven that Lumineers provide long-term aesthetic smile improvement without discoloration or degeneration. Clinical testing has shown the average lifespan of a set of Lumineers to be 20 years, with no special maintenance required.
This is longer than Porcelain veneers, which generally last from 10 to 15 years. Since the underlying enamel is not removed for the procedure, the natural tooth is usually intact and strong, allowing the Lumineers to be removed if necessary.
Having Lumineers placed takes two appointments with Dr. Frey. The first appointment has two goals: create a precise mold of your teeth to send to DenMat to create your Lumineers, and to select the shade of your Lumineers. This process takes less than an hour.
● Considerate and kind! Thank you for my new smile! I am beyond impressed! – M.F.
● Dr. Frey is also focused on providing excellent care. He takes pride in the job being done right. My teeth look great and Dr. Frey takes great pride in keeping them that way. The office has a pleasant atmosphere and everyone is very attentive. – J.M.
● Excellent experience all around! Dr Frey and his team took great care of me and now my smile is picture perfect! – L.L.
Dr. Frey has had extensive training in fitting and applying these ultra-thin veneers to become a Certified Lumineers Dentist. Because he is experienced with both porcelain veneers and Lumineers, he can help you decide which works best for you. If you are interested and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 276-4537 to schedule a consultation.
There isn’t any recovery after having Dr. Frey place Lumineers on your teeth. As mentioned above, this is a painless process. The teeth receiving the Lumineers usually only require a minor etching before placement. That is painless and doesn’t create any post-placement pain. Immediately after Dr. Frey places your Lumineers, you can get right back to your normal life and show off your beautiful new smile to the world.
Receiving Lumineers is completely pain-free. It’s not necessary to remove the amount enamel necessary for porcelain veneers, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and some discomfort during the tooth preparation. Lumineers are so thin, that’s not necessary. There isn’t any pain in any part of the process.
Lumineers are generally a very low-risk option for giving you a beautiful smile. There are some risks, but these are often the result of a lack of expertise on the dentist placing them. Dr. Frey offers both Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers because he knows each patient has unique needs.
The main risk with Lumineers is over-contouring, or the teeth with Lumineers appearing bulkier or larger than normal. This is a result of not removing as much tooth enamel (0.2 mm versus 0.5 mm) with Lumineers.
Also, because Lumineers don’t remove much too enamel, lesser applications can leave a ridge at the top of the veneer. This can be a place for bacteria to accumulate, which can lead to decay and chronic bad breath.
If the Lumineers are placed slightly above the gumline, this can lead to gum irritation and possible gum disease. Again, this is a problem with poor placement by the dentist.
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.