The placement of ultra-thin porcelain veneers, like Lumineers®, Vivaneers® or DURAThin®, or no prep veneers using a no-drilling/no-shots protocol has its critics.
The two primary problem issues that are usually brought up are:
That can make new veneers hard to get use to. It can also make the teeth they’re placed on harder to properly clean.
Dentist makes an impression and the mould is sent to the Cerinate Smile Design Studio. Patient and dentist choose new teeth shade and agree a colour.
Your newly custom designed LUMINEERS are checked for fit and shade then painlessly attached.
As the teeth structure remains the same there is no invasive drilling or inconvenience. In two appointments the procedure is complete and the whitening process finished.
The LUMINEERS procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. They are ultra-thin, thus in most cases you will get a perfect fit without any grinding down of the original tooth structure. Once the LUMINEERS procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means LUMINEERS look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are fitted.
The LUMINEERS process takes only 2 visits to your dentist and the placement of LUMINEERS on the second visit takes, on average, only about one hour.
Clinical tests have proven that teeth LUMINEERS can last and look great more than 20 years.
If I have LUMINEERS, can I still eat my favourite foods?
Yes, you can drink and eat what anything you want with confidence because LUMINEERS are applied in the most durable way possible.
LUMINEERS ® BY CERINATE ® are porcelain tooth veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile.
Yes, 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.
The idea that ultra-thin veneers are “reversible” may help to create public demand for this procedure. But it seems true mostly in theory only. Yes, they can be ground off. But it’s not necessarily a quick process, nor is it likely that your tooth will be returned to its initial pristine condition.
The bond that’s been created during the placement process is very strong and the cement that’s been used typically remains stubbornly attached to the tooth’s surface.
It can be trimmed and buffed off. But that’s not necessarily an easy task, especially when a number of teeth are involved. And it has to be expected that the surface of the tooth’s enamel will be shaved and scuffed up at least somewhat during the process.
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, Lumineers will reshape your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform, as well as whiter, something you don’t get with braces.
1) Difficulty in achieving a natural-looking end result.
a) Ultra-thin veneers frequently need to be very opaque. Can’t get the same lifelike appearance with Lumineers®
The wafer thin veneers placed using a no-drilling protocol are often criticized because with some applications they must be made out of comparatively more-opaque porcelain, or placed using relatively more-opaque cement, so they are able to adequately mask over the color of the natural tooth structure that lies underneath.
The whole issue of opaqueness has to do with how natural looking the veneered tooth will end up looking.
Tooth enamel, the part of a tooth that a veneer tries to mimic, is translucent (light is able to pass through it). And a great deal of what gives a tooth its lustrous look has to do with the way light enters into this layer and is then reflected back out.
If a veneer (or veneer/cement combination) doesn’t accurately simulate enamel’s light-handling effect (as in it’s too opaque and keeps light from entering), your tooth’s appearance won’t look quite right. It might look white, but it won’t look perfectly natural.
Because they are thicker, conventional porcelain veneers can be made out of comparatively more-translucent porcelain, yet they are still able to mask dark tooth structure that lies underneath them.
That means light will be able to enter into and reflect back out of them in a fashion that truly mimics the lustrous look of a natural tooth.
Also, a thicker laminate generally offers the dental technician more opportunity to incorporate characterization and shading qualities into the veneer itself by way of using different shades of porcelain in its fabrication
A lot of people simply don’t appreciate this difference.
We do have to admit that when it comes to the issue of obtaining a precisely lifelike result, many people just don’t seem to care.
The ease and pain-free advantage that no-drilling/no-shots technique offers simply outweighs the disadvantage of a less than perfectly natural-looking outcome.
Especially in the case where only one or a few veneers are being placed, the increased characterization that’s possible with a (thicker) conventional veneer may be an important asset in creating a perfect match with the patient’s neighboring teeth.
It’s the characterization of a veneer that helps it to look lifelike or match well
It would be relatively difficult to mimic this look with an ultra-thin no-prep veneer.
The total amount of treatment time that a dentist must set aside for a no-drill Lumineers® case is less than that needed for conventional veneer placement. (That’s because there’s less work to do during the 1st visit.)
But this cost-savings is at least in part offset by the fact that the dental laboratory bill for the Lumineers® will likely be greater.
Lumineers® are a brand of porcelain veneers made from a patented type of ultra-strong porcelain called Cerinate and marketed by Den-Mat. They can be bonded or pasted directly on top of your teeth with no drilling. Only certified Lumineers dentists may offer this procedure due to the delicate nature and complex placement of the Cerinate. Because the Lumineer is so thin, color control becomes an issue. This means color depth, brightness, transparency, and hue are all important for a beautiful smile. Our practice offers this procedure.
Similarities between Lumineers and porcelain veneers include:
Unlike traditional porcelain veneers, the Lumineers process is reversible since enamel doesn’t have to be removed from your teeth. Any anesthetic that might be needed for traditional porcelain veneers is not needed with Lumineers.
Some Lumineers patients have said that the porcelain feels bulky or looks bulky. This is because there is no tooth enamel reduction and no compensation for the added thickness. While there may be problems with Lumineers and tooth colouring, traditional porcelain veneers are better able to match your existing teeth. Lumineers are better for the most minor tooth corrections while traditional porcelain veneers are able to correct more types of imperfections.
The only way to tell if Lumineers are a better option for you is to speak to a certified Lumineers cosmetic dentist.