Have the material for lumineers improved such that they can last longer than 10 years?
What Types of New Technology Are Being Used with Lumineers?
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Lumineers are a brand name of veneers. They are called "no-prep" or "minimal-prep", and as such either no change to the existing tooth or slight roughening or modifications are made to the teeth before impressions for their dental laboratory can make Lumineers. The best way to describe them is like "press-on nails" for fingernails.
Lumineers seem like a terrific option...no changes to underlying teeth, no freezing, no long visits...however, if something sounds too good to be true...In many cases, they can make teeth appear too thick to be natural. Also, there may not be adequate ability to bond to the tooth underneath, leading to leakage and de-bonding of the veneer. And, when they are so thin they may not be able to mask undesirable tooth colors underneath them.
The length of time any veneer lasts is partly up to the patient. The best oral hygiene habits, including brushing with a high-quality electric toothbrush (i.e. Sonicare), using floss daily, using a Waterpik or similar device, visiting your dentist every three months to maintain healthy gums...these are all mandatory! Also, no nail biting, ice chewing, pencil-holding with the teeth, using the teeth as tools...you will surely break your veneers this way. And if your dentist prescribes something like a night guard to protect you from grinding too hard on your new veneers, WEAR IT! All of these can affect how long your beautiful dentistry (as well as your other natural teeth) can last.
All in all, no one treatment option is for everyone. Your best bet is to contact a well-qualified cosmetic dentist confident in placing all kids of veneers to get the treatment that's right for you. Best of luck!
What are Lumineers
Lumineers are porcelain veneers. One particular company, CERINATE, decided to do a direct to public marketing campaign. There is nothing intrinsically different about their porcelain. THere are scores if not hundreds of companies that make porcelain. DIfferent ceramists (people who create veneers) may like to use one brand of porcelain or another - just personal preference. Lumineers are generally prep-less veneers - that means no tooth structure is taken off. Is this a good thing? Not necessarily. While it may work in some cases where the teeth are small to begine with it doesn't work in cases where the teeth are large and crowded. Get several opinions and look at lots of before and after photos before moving ahead with this process.
Lumineers and Cosmetic Dentistry
I would like to say that perhaps this is not the correct question to ask. A better answer is to consider other ceramics that are more esthetic and can last just as long if not longer than Lumineers. Highly trained cosmetic dentist and ceramics can work with better ceramics and obtain better a better fit than Lumineers in many cases.
This being said, not all patients are good candidates for Lumineers or even other non-prep veneers. If not used correctly the teeth will appear bulky and thick as well as have the increased propensity to develop gingivitis.
If you are consulting with your dentist, ask about other types of veneers and discuss the pros and cons. If Lumineers are the only veneer that your dentists uses, you may want to consider getting a second opinion.
Correctly done, veneers can last a long time.