Lumineers® is a brand of porcelain veneers that is the subject of an extensive advertising campaign. The result is that although many people are aware of the brand, there are some misconceptions that have come along with that awareness.
Ultra-Thin Porcelain Veneers
Regular porcelain veneers are about 0.5 millimeter thick. For comparison, that’s about the thickness of a fingernail. When veneers are made of a stronger material, they can be a little thinner, or about 0.3 millimeter. The Lumineers’ advertising campaign has created the misconception that they have the corner on the ultra-thin market. But while Lumineers was an early brand of the thinner veneers, today there are many brands of ultra-thin porcelain veneers available for use. The nice thing about ultra-thin veneers is that they can be placed with minimal tooth preparation.
Lumineers and Tooth Preparation
If you have seen the Lumineers advertising, you may have come away with the impression that tooth preparation for porcelain veneers requires that your teeth be ground down or drilled through, requiring dental surgery. You may also have gotten the impression that placing veneers without any tooth preparation is always the best way to go.
These are also misconceptions. Dr. Root can place an ultra-thin brand of veneers with very slight preparation. He prefers that there be at least some slight preparation. The illustration to the left shows why. When the teeth are prepared by removing a very thin layer of enamel before the veneers are placed, the margins, labeled A and B, where the tooth meets the veneer, can be made practically undetectable. This is not only better from an aesthetic point of view, it can also help with dental hygiene because there will not be a ridge there to attract stains or plaque.
Using a Master Ceramist
Finally, when dentists choose to use Lumineers, they are required to use the brand’s DenMat lab in California. Many cosmetic dentists who have tried Lumineers feel that the quality of the work produced by the technicians and ceramists at DenMat is not very good. Dr. Root, like many other cosmetic dentists, has instead chosen to work with his own master ceramist with whom he has developed a professional relationship.
If you would like to learn more, please click here to read our Porcelain Veneers page. Then if you’d like to find out what Dr. Root could do for your smile, give us a call or fill out our request an appointment page.