Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Explains the Benefits of Lumineers

Written by Dr. Lin on Mar 13, 2012

If you’re looking for ways to transform your smile with a minimum of time and expense, Lumineers may be the solution to your cosmetic dentistry needs. Our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Office can use versatile Lumineers to restore your beautiful smile in just two appointments. Many patients wonder how dental Lumineers can be effective when they are so thin. Actually, Lumineers are so effective precisely because they are thinner than traditional cosmetic options, such as veneers.

How thin are Lumineers?
Lumineers are approximately 0.2 mm thick, which is about the same width as a contact lens. This makes them easier to apply, and less bulky on the tooth.
Why are Lumineers so thin?

Normally, a thicker veneer would require the dentist to remove large amounts of healthy tooth structure to accommodate the bulk of the veneers. Both Veneers and Lumineers offer stunning results, however veneers can compromise the structural integrity of a patient’s teeth in the process.

The fact that Lumineers are ultra-thin is actually an asset for many patients. Because Lumineers are the width of a contact lens, patients can enjoy:

  • Minimal removal of healthy tooth structure: The placement of Lumineers requires significantly less removal of healthy tooth material than veneers do. Obviously, the more healthy material that remains, the better it is for your overall oral health.
  • A removable cosmetic option: Because Lumineers are so thin they are removable and completely reversible.
  • Natural-looking results: Lumineers are thin and translucent, so they reflect and refract light similarly to natural tooth enamel. Lumineers can change the color, size, or shape of your teeth while still appearing naturally radiant.
Once Lumineers are bonded to natural teeth they are incredibly strong. These thin shells of multi-dimensional porcelain can completely transform your smile in just a few appointments. Contact our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dental Office and we will be happy to answer your questions about Lumineers.