What are Lumineers?
Dental Lumineers are veneers that are digitally designed to be ultra-thin and can be seamlessly applied over your teeth for a flawless, natural looking smile. Dental Lumineers are minimally invasive and do not require as much healthy tooth structure to be removed before application. The minimally invasive Lumineers technique eliminates the need for shots or temporaries.
How do Dental Lumineers Work?
It just takes two easy visits to your dentist to create your beautiful smile with Lumineers. After the initial consultation, Dental Lumineers San Francisco Dentist Mina Levi DDS will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth and then send the mold to the Dental Lumineers laboratory along with photos and other records to ensure the very best outcome for your case.
At your next visit, generally a few weeks later, Mina Levi, DDS will place your Dental Lumineers. Before Dental Lumineers are bonded, it is important to try them on to ensure a good fit. Teeth are then moderately etched to prepare for placement and then bonded one by one. Dr. Levi will then check your bite to make sure your contacts are balanced to avoid chipping your Dental Lumineers through the course of daily function.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are Dental Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
Lumineers are unique in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. While traditional veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure, Dental Lumineers are so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Additionally, the durability of Lumineers allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 20 years.
No. Dental Lumineers are exclusive, one-of-a-kind products of the DenMat Lab at DenMat, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of professional dental materials. There are other thin, non-prep veneers that are not the same as Lumineers, such as Vivaneers by Glidewell.
Are there any other Dental Lumineers?
I think I need braces, but I really don't want to go through the inconvenient, unsightly and time-intensive process. Can I get Dental Lumineers instead?
In most cases, yes! Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Dental Lumineers will reshape your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform, as well as whiter, something you don’t get with braces.
How long will Dental Lumineers last?
Clinical testing has proven that a Lumineers smile lasts and looks great for over 20 years.
With Dental Lumineers, can I still chew gum and eat my favorite sticky foods?
Drink and eat what you want with confidence because Dental Lumineers are applied in the most durable way possible. However, Dental Lumineers don’t replace good hygiene, so you should continue to visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning to keep your Lumineers looking their best and the rest of your teeth and gums healthy.
Can Dental Lumineers be taken off if I want them removed?
Yes, Dental Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure, in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong.
How long have Dental Lumineers been around?
Lumineers have been improving smiles for over 30 years. More than 13,000 dentists nationwide recommend Dental Lumineers, and over one million units have been placed. Many celebrities have transformed their smiles with Lumineers, but you’d never know because they look so naturally beautiful.