Lumineers Technology

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Teeth that need coverage for non-medical reasons need a chance to shine. Lumineers are so good at this coverage, the entirety of the no-prep dental veneer market is typically referred to as “Lumineers”—whether or not it’s another product. Insisting on the real thing ensures you get the full benefit of Lumineers technology, which is brought to you by Cerinate porcelain.

This porcelain is unusually strong. It is also the thinnest available veneer, at approximately the width of a contact lens. Since it’s so slim, the laminate can go right over the desired tooth. This is what we mean by “no-prep” veneers. The slimness of the product means the tooth doesn’t have to be trimmed or edited to accommodate it. This is not true of other veneers, and theoretically means Lumineers are reversible, because your teeth stay in their original states.

Keeping your Lumineers means you keep your smile the way you always wanted it—free of chips, cracks, or stains. At your consult, your Lumineers dentist in Los Angeles will analyze your smile zone and tell you how many veneers would make the most impact, and in which places. Not everyone shows the same amount of teeth when they smile, so in some cases one or two strategically-placed Lumineers make all the difference.

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How Expensive is Getting Lumineers?

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Any kind of cosmetic dentistry can get expensive, especially considering a lot of it is not subject to insurance coverage. You may not know that Lumineers and other kinds of porcelain veneers are usually priced per tooth. So some patients prefer to only do front teeth, or only one arch.

Lumineers cost per tooth can vary based on the kind of coverage needed. Lumineers disguise teeth with chips, cracks, breaks, stains, or spacing/crowding issues. If your teeth are worse than the norm, the Lumineers process may be more complicated, meaning your price will go up.

Lumineeers pricing also depends on whether you live in a rural region as opposed to a beauty capital. And within these economic parameters, the pricing may split even further. For instance, how experienced is the provider? What kind of clientele does the provider prefer? How much overhead does the provider have, and what fees are involved with the laboratory?

If you do your homework, you can go into your Lumineers treatment with your eyes open—not just your mouth. Remember, most dentists offer discounts and financing options to qualified patients.

For more about Lumineers expense, ask your Los Angeles Lumineers provider.

Best Candidates for Lumineers

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As an aesthetic product, it makes sense that Lumineers has clear boundaries. Some of them are architectural, like the shape of your gums and height of each tooth. Others are physiologic, like how your bite forms. Finally, you should be in good dental health to expect Lumineers.

Of course, if you were in perfect dental health you wouldn’t need Lumineers at all. This relates to Lumineers being an aesthetic, or cosmetic, product. The ultra-thin laminates are meant to camouflage flaws in your teeth that are visual, not structural. So you can have bad teeth, but not unhealthy teeth.

Our expert in Lumineers in Los Angeles has identified the following short list of qualifications for Lumineers:

• No periodontal disease
• No significant tooth decay
• No bruxism (tooth grinding)
• Strong and sufficient enamel
• No malocclusion or bite malformation

When asking what Lumineers can do for you, remember it is not recommended for a serious orthodontic question. You can’t skip braces or orthodontic therapy and just cover those flaws with Lumineers. Once you schedule a consult, our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles will evaluate your teeth and your candidacy. We always recommend that potential Lumineers clients be up-to-date with their checkups and cleanings before proceeding.

Are Lumineers More Expensive than Veneers?

Google searches for veneer pricing can lead to conflicting reports. If you want Lumineers, considered the most cutting-edge veneer product, you can expect to pay slightly more than for traditional veneers. However, several factors may sway the cost of Lumineers.

Lumineers are celebrated for their thinness. They provide up to two millimeters of thinness compared to traditional veneers. The delicacy involved in making the product this thin requires a highly-skilled ceramist, who makes sure the product fits correctly and does not form ledges at the gum line. Expect lab fees to be included in your initial quote.

Lumineers will also be more expensive in the beauty centers, Los Angeles and New York. This is true of most cosmetic procedures.

When discussing your fees with your Lumineers dentist, it is a good idea to ask how much experience they have with the procedure. This can be important for your peace of mind, but also for your bank account. A more experienced dentist may charge more.

Many cosmetic dentists offer rebates and specials for parties interested in Lumineers. You may also qualify for a payment plan, so ask your dentist about your options.

Choosing between Lumineers and Invisalign

two beautiful young girls in elegant dressesLumineers and Invisalign are two excellent products that redesign and reaffirm your smile. When prescribed as part of a full dental restoration, the two often work in concert. But most of the time, patients choose one or the other in consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

Lumineers compared to Invisalign start with their no-prep nature, promising no shots or drilling and no alteration of tooth structure. Lumineers are essentially shields for teeth that are discolored or askew. The laminates, praised for their thinness, go right over your existing teeth. There are no trays or appliances. Any color issues you have may not be addressed, since the laminates are extremely transparent. If you have yellowing or grayness that might stay visible, consider having your teeth whitened before you get Lumineers.

As orthodontic alternative, Invisalign does what Lumineers cannot—fix the relationship of teeth to each other. Many people only think about their teeth side to side, and minimize the importance of verticality. Invisalign can draw your teeth into better position, up and down as well as side to side. If your teeth are very crooked, or if you have intense crowding and spacing issues, you may want to consider the corrective strength of Invisalign over the relatively superficial benefits of Lumineers.

For more information, contact our expert in Lumineers in Los Angeles.

When are Lumineers Used?

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Lumineers are a special type of cosmetic restoration that can dramatically improve the look of your smile. Similar to dental veneers, Lumineers fit over the front of the tooth, but they generally need no preparation to fit comfortably. We can help you decide if you are a candidate for Lumineers.

We can use Lumineers as a part of a smile makeover when:

• Your teeth are unevenly spaced or irregularly sized.
• Your teeth have small gaps.
• Your teeth are small or misshapen.
• You have stains or discolorations on your teeth.
• You have small chips, cracks or worn enamel.

The Lumineers are cemented over your teeth and create a new surface. The color, shape, size and other features of your teeth can all be adjusted to better flatter your overall look. The porcelain used to make Lumineers has a similar translucent look to natural enamel and is indistinguishable from real teeth. They can be placed in two to three visits, and they can last for 20 years or more. If you change your mind, they can be easily removed without any damage to your teeth.

If you are unhappy with the look of your smile but have healthy teeth and gums, Lumineers may be an option for you. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in Lumineers in Los Angeles.

Pros and Cons of Lumineers

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Lumineers are a type of porcelain dental veneer that requires no preparation of the teeth before being placed. As a result, many patients seek to correct the imperfections in their smiles using dental Lumineers. Before you make a decision about the best option for your teeth, we will take a look at some pros and cons of Lumineers.


• Less invasive placement procedure requiring no removal of the enamel
• The process is entirely reversible if you are unsatisfied
• Lumineers normally last around 10 years, but can last up to 20 with proper care
• Your new smile can be ready within 72 hours of your impressions being taken
• In some cases they can be less expensive than traditional dental veneers


• Lumineers can have the effect of making the teeth look longer or more bulky in some cases
• Not ideal for patients suffering from bruxism, as the clenching and grinding forces can ruin them
• Not repairable. They will need to be replaced if damaged
• May not be suitable for every patient

The decision as to whether or not you should have Lumineers placed is one that you should discuss with your cosmetic dentist.