Are Lumineers Right For Your Cosmetic Dental Issues?

Posted on: 10 February 2017

Lumineers dental veneers are a minimal prep solution for cosmetic issues. Although the final product is similar to traditional veneers, there is far less preparation required and sometimes do not require the use of anesthetics to apply. If your dentist recommended Lumineers to you, here is what you need to know.  

Why Should You Opt for Lumineers?

Traditional dental veneers require extensive preparation for the installation. The dentist usually has to grind or file down the teeth to ensure the surface is smooth enough for the veneers. As a result, some people experience increased teeth sensitivity. By contrast, Lumineers usually do not require any filing of the teeth for placement.  

Even though Lumineers are considered to be the minimal prep option, this does not necessarily translate to them being more expensive. In many instances, they are a less expensive option than traditional veneers because they require far less prep work.  

The cost savings do not have an impact on the quality of the veneers. Even though they are less expensive, they are considered to be durable and can last a considerable length of time with proper care and regular checkups by the dentist.  

Are There Disadvantages?

There are many benefits to having Lumineers installed, but there are a couple of drawbacks to consider. For instance, the cost of the Lumineers might not be covered by your dental insurance. However, there are several options available to pay for them. Many dentists offer payment plans and there are third-party lenders who will fund the dental work.  

There is a possibility that not all of your teeth can be covered by the Lumineers veneers. If your teeth has severe decay or you have a habit of teeth grinding, your dentist might be reluctant to install the veneers.  

With the teeth grinding, you could potentially damage them. When this occurs, the damage might not be limited to just the Lumineers. Since they are bonded to your teeth, you could also impact the other teeth. As a result, you could experience difficulty with eating. In addition to this, you will likely experience teeth sensitivity and have to explore other options to repair issues with your teeth.  

Your dentist can provide you with recommendations for which of your teeth should be treated with Lumineers. He or she can also discuss other options that can help remedy cosmetic issues with your teeth, such as using traditional veneers. 


About Marcel and the Dentist

Hi, my name is Marcel. Welcome to my site! I started it to help others learn about children's dentistry. Most of us don't remember dentist trips from our early childhood. Maybe we didn't even really care about our teeth until we started losing baby teeth. In my case, I became interested in children's dentistry as a young father. When my kids were young, I was a student, and our insurance did not cover visits to the dentist. Although my wife and I tried to teach our kids good hygiene on our own, it was difficult. When we we finally able to take them to the dentist, my little girls were scared and didn't know what was going on. Luckily, they appreciate the dentist now that they are older, but their first experiences helped teach me more about the importance of children's dentistry. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences!