Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Lumineers®

Posted on: June 13, 2019

Dental Lumineers are thinner versions of dental veneers and are used to fix dental problems like crooked teeth, yellow or stained teeth and gaps between teeth. Unlike dental veneers, Lumineers do not require a dentist to file pieces of enamel from the teeth because they are very thin.

Frequently asked questions about dental Lumineers

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Lumineers include:

How long have Lumineers been used in cosmetic dentistry?

Lumineers have been used to improve the appearance of people’s teeth for over 30 years. Today, over 13,000 dentists across the United State use them to fix their patients’ smiles. They are extremely hard to notice, which is one of the reasons they are popular with celebrities.

What is the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

Dental veneers are thicker than Lumineers and require dentists to file off part of a tooth’s enamel to place them on the surface of the tooth. Lumineers are much thinner and do not require the tooth to be filed before being placed on it. Lumineers are also more durable than veneers and can last for over 20 years.

Can Lumineers be removed?

Yes. Lumineers can be removed by a dentist at any time without damaging the teeth because the natural tooth structure was not ground down, leaving the natural teeth strong and intact.

Do I have to give up sweets when I have Lumineers?

No. There are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Lumineers because they are durable and stain resistant. However, it is important to practice good oral hygiene because consuming too much sugar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

What does the procedure entail?

Getting Lumineers requires two trips to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will create a mold before determining what shade of white to color the Lumineers. After the visit, the dentist will send the mold to a laboratory to have the Lumineers created. When they are ready, they will be returned to the dentist who will apply them to the affected teeth without filing or drilling holes in them.

Does getting Lumineers hurt?

The procedure is completely pain-free because they are very thin and do not require the dentist to file the affected tooth. There is no sensitivity or discomfort following the procedure because of the way the Lumineers are applied to the teeth without the need to shave off any part of them.

Do I need to use special toothpaste if I have Lumineers?

Lumineers are similar to tooth enamel and do not require a special toothpaste to keep them clean. However, it is recommended to use a low-abrasion toothpaste that can gently remove plaque and tartar buildup.


Dental Lumineers are a great alternative to dental veneers because they provide the same function without having to endure damage to the tooth. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look and want to improve their appearance, talk to your dentist to find out if Lumineers are right for you.

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