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Lumineers®

Good Idea or Bad Choice?

Lumineers® are like fake nails for your teeth. They are thin porcelain shells glued to the outside of your teeth to help create a more attractive smile. They offer patients the opportunity to alter the appearance of their teeth without actually altering the natural structure of their teeth. No drilling, no tooth preparations or modifications. It’s a cool concept that works for very few people.

The perfect candidate for Lumineers® is patients with small teeth with weak contacts (spacing between the teeth), and/or teeth that are recluded in appearance. This means the teeth are positioned more so toward the tongue. The patient would also have to be ok with a limited choice of tooth color and transparency.

Unfortunately, many of us do not have these ideal circumstances or don’t want opaque looking teeth, making Lumineers® a bad choice. Although an attractive idea due to not having to alter one’s natural tooth, these “restorations” will appear bulky and unnatural, and the dentist is often limited in shape in color options.

For patients interested in restoring correcting:
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Mottled or defected teeth

Please consider alternative treatment options for a more natural and function solution. Most teeth need to be reduced in order to give them a natural beautiful appearance. If you need or want to enhance the appearance of your teeth, consult with a dentist. If Lumineers® fit the bill, great. If not, I’m sure the dentist has other options that will also allow you to achieve your desired smile.

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