What are LUMINEERS® and Are You a Good Candidate?
Lumineers® are a special type of porcelain veneers characterized by their ultra-thin, advanced design that reduces or eliminates the need for cosmetic dentists to grind down the original tooth during the preparation stage. Manufactured by Den-Mat, a California-based laboratory, Lumineers often alleviate preparation time due to their unique thinness. Many cosmetic dentists are able to place Lumineers with a “no prep” technique.
Dr. Langer, a leading cosmetic dentist in Brooklyn, recommends the use of Lumineers because they are stronger than other brands, and therefore, can be made thinner. Composed of a super thin, translucent material, Lumineers are placed over the natural teeth or prosthetic crowns and bridges. Generally, additional treatment is not required. This means that most patients seeking to reinvent their smiles are ideal candidates for this procedure.
The process for Lumineers is relatively simple, but because they are a unique type of veneer, it takes a very skilled cosmetic dentist to perform the procedure. Brooklyn cosmetic dentist, Dr. Langer, will take an impression of the teeth and send the model to the Den-Mat lab after the first visit. The lab will construct the custom-made Lumineers from the model and send them back to Dr. Langer’s office. The construction could take about 7 to 10 business days. After arriving at the office, Dr. Langer will fit the Lumineers to the teeth.
LUMINEERS® versus Traditional Veneers
Most traditional veneers are thicker and require a more aggressive installation. Traditional veneers tend to remove more of the natural tooth structure upon placement. In fact, many cosmetic dentists use shots and anesthesia to minimize pain and sensitivity during the process. Traditional veneers also sometimes require the placement of acrylic temporaries for over two weeks after the original procedure.
Most cosmetic dentists recommend that traditional porcelain veneers be made a minimum of 0.5 millimeter thick, which is about the thickness of a fingernail. On the other hand, Lumineers can be made a little thinner, down to 0.3 millimeter. Lumineers eliminate the need for shots and temporaries. The process is not as painful, and patients still get the smile they’ve always wanted. Lumineers also have an ultra-thin design, so they tend to look more natural in the mouth. In fact, Lumineers are about as thin as a contact lens. They only require about two in-office appointments to complete, making them a convenient and less painful alternative to traditional veneers.
Patients can enjoy a multitude of benefits from Lumineers, such as:
- A quick and easy procedure
- Long-lasting white teeth
- Sensitivity-free results
- Little to no post-operative pain
Lumineers make it possible for all patients to achieve a perfect smile. Because Lumineers are built to last, patients can live maintenance free for about 20 years. They are clinically proven to provide long-term smile improvement without any discoloration or degeneration. Lumineers also have a lifetime warranty, so patients will not have to pay for any fixes or replacements in the future. Patients have relatively no eating restrictions and can continue to live their lives with a boost of confidence.
It is important to have Lumineers installed by an a skilled dentist such as Dr. Langer in Brooklyn. Dr. Langer is passionate about the wellbeing of his patients and wants to ensure they all have a smile they can be proud of. To schedule a Lumineer consultation with Dr. Langer, please call our office at 718-395-5935.