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

Will Lumineers work on decaying teeth?

Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Aug 29, 2011
No, definitely not, unless all the decay is removed and the Lumineer is placed over the tooth. if you're going to have to drill the teeth, veneers are much more aestheticly pleasing when done by a good ceramist. I would try that before putting Lumineers on top of decaying teeth.
Brian Gray (Washington, DC) on Aug 29, 2011
You need to address the decay first. And then you may need a crown or something that will fit better than a stock veneer. If extensive decay exists it must be dealt with prior to veneers.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Aug 29, 2011
It all depends on how much decay there is. The decay must first be removed and then it may be determined if the tooth can be fixed (restored) with a veneer or a crown.
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Aug 29, 2011
Lumineers are designed for cosmetic purposes only. They are used to change the shade of teeth, make slightly crooked teeth straight without the use of braces and change the shape of teeth. They are not used on decayed teeth.
Elisa Mello (New York, NY) on Aug 29, 2011
No. For the same reason a house can't be built on quicksand.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Aug 29, 2011
Lumineer is a BRAND of thin porcelain veneers. Decay has to be removed prior to ANY veneers. If the teeth are badly damaged then you may need more tooth coverage than a veneer can provide, and you will need a porcelain crown. An experienced cosmetic dentist can help you make that decision. Look for someone with advanced training at someplace like LVI - the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies - in cosmetic dentistry. I hope that helps. Good luck!
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Aug 29, 2011
A Lumineer is just a brand name for a very thin piece of porcelain that any talented lab technician can make. When you have decayed teeth you need to remove the decay before placing any restoration on top it. Decayed teeth do not bond well to any restoration. The restoration will ultimately fail and decay will continue to progress.
Leonard Tau (Philadelphia, PA) on Aug 29, 2011
Lumineers are minimal prep or no prep veneers. Since you state that the teeth have decay, you probably would be a better candidate for veneers.
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Aug 29, 2011
Lumineers is a brand name for a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers go over the front of your teeth and usually wrap over the edges of the tooth. If the decay is restricted to these areas, then a porcelain veneer will work. If the decay goes beyond these areas, then the porcelain can be extended beyond the frontal areas of the tooth. Sometimes a crown in these areas may be needed.