Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Can Lumineers be placed on teeth that have been bleached or laser whitened in the past?
- Is the application fully reversible?
What To Expect
The process calls for two visits to the dentist. The first session is informational, where your dentist will create an exact mold of your teeth and determine the best shade of Lumineers for your smile. You will also be able to see a digital preview of the results.
You're then sent off to wait for your new smile while the mold is sent off to the Lumineers Smile Design Studio, who crafts the porcelain tooth toppers. When your Lumineers are ready, you'll be called back into the office for their placement. Lumineers are fixed onto the surface using small, subtle etchings that enable the adhesive to work more effectively and a hand-held dental curing light that activates the cementing gel.
Though your teeth may become slightly sensitive from the surface level scratches, Lumineers are known for their lack of pronounced side effects.
Who should do it: Lumineers can only be made from an exclusive porcelain that's patented by Cerinate Smile Design Studios. Find a dentist who includes Lumineer placement in their practice.
Duration: Once your custom Lumineers are ready to be tacked on to your teeth (they are fabricated elsewhere in a lab), it takes about an hour to apply the thin shell to the outer layer of the tooth.
How Painful Is It?
Getting Lumineers is a relatively pain-free process since little to no tooth enamel is removed prior to application.
Options for anesthesia: The application of Lumineers does not require anesthesia.