Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel.
What’s the difference between Lumineers and others?
In a nut shell, there is no difference. The Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers predominately marketed as no prep, shot, or pain. Other proprietary brand names differ between dental laboratories. There are also different porcelains on the market — a more commonly used porcelain brand is E-Max, named because of its strength.
Lumineers…are they for me?
First, are you looking for a veneer that requires little or no tooth reduction. If so, Lumineers may be appropriate.
BUT, there is one big caveat.
Ideally, to do a minimal/no tooth reduction veneer, and have a good esthetic outcome, the best situation is short teeth with space inbetween (an additive situation). Otherwise, for a truly good esthetic result, some tooth structure needs to be removed.
Here’s a few Lumineer reviews for your consideration.
Big, fat, and chunky white
For those in the audience who don’t have an “additive situation” and want a minimal/ no tooth reduction veneer, here’s a pro-tip.
If you try to mask the underlying tooth color, you run the risk of having your teeth look flat-white and unnaturally chunky.
By removing tooth structure, your dentist can layer the porcelain veneer, building natural color and opalescence, while preventing that big, fat, chunky look.
Hands and skill of the magician!
In the end, whether Lumineers or porcelain, it really all boils down to your dentist’s skill and experience. I’ve personally removed far more Lumineers from dissatisfied patients than I have placed.
Here’s some helpful advice:
Cost of porcelain veneers
For the most part, the cost for porcelain veneers usually varies on two parameters, skill and geographic location.
Dentists, with lots of experience and who practice in a nice part of the city, will likely have higher fees.
If your dentist throws out a really ridiculous fee, think twice.
High quality veneers, from an experienced South Florida dentist should range from $1,000 – $2,000 per tooth.
Don’t buy in haste and repent at leisure, as a redo will surely sink your budget.
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