Using LUMINEERS®, we are able to cover minor cosmetic imperfections—usually without making any alterations to the tooth’s structure. This provides a natural-looking, painless, and non-invasive option to enhance a patient’s smile. LUMINEERS® are a far less invasive alternative to porcelain veneers. Our experienced cosmetic dentists at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group can place LUMINEERS® at our office in Boston, MA, as a stand-alone procedure, or conjunction with other cosmetic procedures to truly transform your smile.
What are LUMINEERS®?
LUMINEERS® are ultra-thin porcelain veneers. These veneers are placed over one or more teeth to improve the aesthetics of both the individual tooth and your smile overall. Standard porcelain veneers usually require removing a portion of the tooth enamel. This is problematic for patients already lacking dental enamel, or for those with sensitive teeth.
LUMINEERS® are a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for porcelain veneers because they lack sufficient dental enamel or have sensitive teeth.
LUMINEERS®, however, are just 0.3 millimeters thick and require little-to-no alteration to the teeth. As a result, LUMINEERS® are sometimes referred to as “minimal-prep veneers”. Because so little of the natural tooth is altered, LUMINEERS® are a reversible procedure. You retain full functionality of your teeth with or without LUMINEERS®.
Although LUMINEERS® require minimal preparation of your teeth, the process typically takes two visits. If any alteration to a tooth or multiple teeth is needed, you dentist will do this during your first visit. We use local anesthetic and sedation if necessary to ensure a painless procedure. Because these alterations are so minimal, you will not need a temporary veneer to protect the tooth. Once your teeth are prepped, your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth. Together, you will determine an appropriate shade for your veneers to match your surrounding teeth and complement your natural features.
The impressions are sent to an official lab where a technician will craft your custom veneers. When the LUMINEERS® are complete, you will return to our office for placement. Your dentist will ensure they meet all specifications and then affix them to your teeth with dental cement. The second visit may take up to an hour, depending on the number of veneers you need. While the procedure is reversible, with proper care, LUMINEERS® can last 10 years or more.
Are LUMINEERS® Right for You?
LUMINEERS® are an excellent cosmetic choice for many patients. They can address a number of cosmetic imperfections, such as teeth that are chipped or otherwise damaged, appear small or misshapen, or those that have gaps or are slightly crooked. Because LUMINEERS® are so much thinner than porcelain veneers, they may not be suitable for concealing stains.
LUMINEERS® are a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for porcelain veneers because they lack sufficient dental enamel or have sensitive teeth. Due to the pain-free and reversible nature of LUMINEERS®, they are a popular choice among many patients. To qualify, you must have healthy teeth and gums and be free of decay or gum disease. It is also important that patients who receive LUMINEERS® do not grind their teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can damage the thin veneers.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are unhappy with cosmetic flaws in your smile, a cosmetic treatment such as LUMINEERS® can make a big difference and give your confidence a boost. Contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group today to schedule a cosmetic consultation and find out if LUMINEERS® are right for you.