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Lumineers

Lumineers can be used to fix cosmetic dental imperfections like stains, discolorations and chipped or misaligned teeth.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Lumineers are a brand of very thin veneer. They are so thin, in fact, that they can be applied directly to teeth. Most veneers require dentists to reshape part of the outer layer of tooth enamel before applying veneers.

Lumineers can fix cosmetic dental imperfections like stains, discolorations and chipped or misaligned teeth. They are no thicker than a contact lens.

Because little to no enamel is removed from teeth to allow the attachment of Lumineers, Lumineers can make teeth appear slightly larger. For this reason, they are ideal for undersized teeth.

What It's Good For

Manufactured as an alternative to dental veneers, Lumineers mask cosmetic dental imperfections, from stains and discolorations to chipped and misaligned teeth. They can also help repair more serious issues, like broken crowns and bridges. Lumineers can improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, gapped, worn and undersized teeth.

Who it works for: You need straight teeth to get the best results. Lumineers will not straighten crooked teeth.

Recommended age range: Lumineers should only be bonded to fully grown, adult teeth.

When will I see results?: Effects are immediate. Because Lumineers do not need to be specially manufactured to fit individual teeth, they can be applied during one visit.

How long it lasts: Lumineers last a long time - up to 20 years.

Key benefits of Lumineers: Lumineers can reverse years of wear and tear to your teeth. No temporary veneers are needed.

Did you know?: Other comparable, non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures with the same goal include Vivaneers, Durathin veneers, and IPS e.max Press lithium disilicate veneers.

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