The veneer brand Lumineers has received a lot of publicity in recent years, and with good reason. The procedure is discussed like it is a miracle product. However, many people are not aware of what Lumineers are or how they work. In fact there are many aspects to Lumineers that many people do not know. Southport Dental Care wants all our patients to understand exactly what Lumineers are, both the good and the bad, and then to weigh the pros and cons before deciding on whether or not to go this route.


Lumineers are a specific brand of dental veneers that have a different construction than other veneer styles. Traditional veneers are usually constructed from 0.5 millimeters thick materials. Lumineers are designed with different bonding techniques which make them stronger. The added strength enables a thinner product which is the main selling point with Lumineers. Lumineers are able to be spread to 0.3 millimeters thick.


Lumineers are made from the same material as all other veneers. Dental veneers are made from a form of porcelain that is mixed with other materials to create a tooth-like coating that improves the appearance of the mouth, sometimes dramatically so. Lumineers are made from Cerinate porcelain and are usually attached with Ultra-Bond Restorative Resin Cement and Tenure adhesive glue. Cerinate porcelain is created with feldspathic porcelain mixed with leucite crystals. These materials provide a bond with the teeth that can last for twenty years or more.


The cost of Lumineers are not prohibitive but they are also not inexpensive. Added costs can come from mouth preparation, how many lumineers are needed, and other such things. Because less tooth preparation is used, in some cases the cost of Lumineer installation will be around ¾ of the price paid for other veneer procedures. In general the cost of Lumineers ranges from about $700 to $1100 per applied veneer. Our dentists will have a price estimate based on the type of work necessary for each patient well before the actual work begins.


Lumineers can be installed in one of two ways. The first way is the traditional installation method. This is where a dentist will file down the existing teeth leaving gaps between the teeth so that the appearance of the Lumineers will look like the patient’s regular teeth. The second way to install Lumineers is directly over the existing teeth. This coating will leave a bump between the tops of the original teeth and the new veneers. Naturally, the best possible fit, look, and comfort at paramount when deciding on the best installation method for you.


The purpose of installing Lumineers rather than having another form of veneers or dental cosmetic surgery is twofold. Many people do not want to wait for the time it takes to improve their teeth using other dental methods. Some have very bad teeth that would be almost impossible to fix any other way. Lumineers also sound better to individuals who are frightened by the idea of grinding away their natural teeth. Lumineers can provide an instantly brighter and whiter smile to almost anyone.

In Conclusion

In general, Lumineers are not as invasive as normal veneers and can be applied quicker. They last for decades with proper care and can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. Lumineers are another terrific product that has been developed by the dental industry that offers all of us another way to achieve a great smile. If you think Lumineers might be just the thing for you contact our office and make an appointment to come in and discuss your options.