Wilkes-Barre Cosmetic Dentist Answers LUMINEERS FAQs

What are LUMINEERS?

LUMINEERS are cosmetic dental restoration that attach to the front of your teeth. Made from patented CERINATE porcelain, LUMINEERS cover many of the same smile imperfections as traditional porcelain veneers with contact-lens thin material. Our Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis recommends LUMINEERS for the correcting these esthetic smile issues:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn dental work
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Uneven smile gaps
  • Overcrowded teeth

How are LUMINEERS different from traditional porcelain veneers?

The main difference between traditional porcelain veneers and LUMINEERS lies in the process. While porcelain veneers require tooth preparation which removes a significant amount of tooth structure, LUMINEERS require very minimal, if any tooth preparation for attachment. Many LUMINEERS  placement procedures require no local anesthesia.

Unlike traditional porcelain veneers, LUMINEERS can even be placed over exiting dental work like old, unsightly dental crowns. In addition, since your natural tooth structure remains intact, most LUMINEERS cases are reversible. With traditional porcelain veneers, the cosmetic procedure is irreversible because there is insufficient tooth structure underneath the cosmetic restoration.

Another way LUMINEERS differ from traditional porcelain veneers is the patented porcelain material used for LUMINEERS. The high quality CERINATE porcelain is not used in any other cosmetic dental procedure, and LUMINEERS made from this material have been shown to last up to 20 years.

Who is a candidate for LUMINEERS?

Since this procedure is minimally invasive, as with traditional porcelain veneers, almost anyone is a candidate for LUMINEERS. Facial structure plays a crucial role in the look of your smile, so our cosmetic dentist, Dr. DeFinnis, may recommend an age requirement where a patient’s bone structure is not likely to change significantly. In addition, since gum disease can cause cosmetic dental work to fail, LUMINEERS are not recommended for patients with periodontal disease.

Cosmetic Dentist in Wilkes-Barre

For more information about LUMINEERS, contact Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360 for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We’ve made hundreds of people smile in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and the surrounding communities.

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