Lumineers are a particular brand of porcelain veneers made by the DenMat Company. They have an excellent marketing program, which has brought awareness to all the different ways porcelain veneers can remake a smile. Unfortunately, the heavy marketing has also resulted in some misconceptions as well.
Misconceptions About Lumineers
- They are the only brand of ultra-thin veneers. This is not the case. In fact, there are many other brands of porcelain veneers. Dr. Bader prefers other ultra-thin brands, including DURAthin and Cristal. Which brand you use depends on the individual case and what type of smile design you prefer. Dr. Bader knows the technical and artistic differences in each brand and can suggest which one will work best in your case.
- Any other type of Veneer will require your teeth be ground down. This is simply not the case. There are other brands of ultra-thin veneers that can be placed without any tooth preparation. And, if tooth preparation is required, the amount of tooth reduction is usually quite small – about the thickness of a fingernail. As you can see from the picture above, it is hard to tell the difference in appearance between the tooth prepared to receive the veneer and the other teeth.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Lumineers
When Lumineers were first marketed, they had an advantage of strength and thinness. But since the introduction of other brands of ultra-thin veneers, they have lost that advantage.
Their biggest disadvantage is their lab. And it is the policy of the Den-Mat Company that owns the Lumineers trademark that they only allow them to be made in their own laboratory. Dr. Bader is critical of their laboratory and feels that they don’t produce very life-like results. Many expert cosmetic dentists agree with him. And, as a large, impersonal lab, they also aren’t as willing to cater to the individual desires and personality of the patient.
The above pictures show a typical Lumineers makeover. This was not done by Dr. Bader. As you can see, the smile looks a little bulky. It is also slightly opaque and doesn’t have the natural brilliance and translucency that your natural teeth would. Compare this with the results shown in Dr. Bader’s smile gallery by clicking the link to his smile gallery in the menu above.
What do I look for in a Lumineers dentist?
You want to be careful when you pick a cosmetic dentist. In reality, there is not a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, so any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. You want to check their qualifications, training, and artistry. Dr. Bader is a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute in Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and a mynewsmile.com recommended dentist. If you desire a gorgeous new smile, Dr. Bader can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming about. To find out if you’re a porcelain veneers candidate, you are welcome to have a complimentary consultation. You’ll get to sit with Dr. Bader for about 10-15 minutes and ask him questions. If you already know you want to get a new smile, you may call our office at or request an appointment online.