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Need an alternative to Lumineers

August 29, 2015

I have a problem.  I wanted to improve my smile.  I didn’t want braces, mostly because I am 37 years old and would feel very self-conscious at work. I have some crooked teeth and my teeth are discolored. That’s mostly because I’m getting older and drink a lot of coffee. So I want to straighten my teeth and whiten them. My dentist said Lumineers will do that. I did some research and it seems like a lot of dentists seem to think that they’re bulky, which confuses me because they’re supposed to be ultra thin.  I don’t see how that can both be true.  I’m looking for alternatives.

Abigail L. – Arizona


First, I’m going to address how Lumineers can be both ultra thin and bulky.  I know it sounds oxymoronic, but there is a reason for both of those comments about Lumineers. First, they are ultra thin veneers. They are made ever so slightly thinner than traditional veneers. Because of this they are often advertised as easy to place because no-prep for the teeth is “necessary”.

What that often leads to  is dentists who are inexperienced in cosmetic dentistry placing Lumineers, because they’re “easier” than most.  The turth is, Lumineers are no more easy than other brands.  And some teeth need prep, no matter how thin the veneers are. When they don’t get it, the teeth end up looking bulky.

So, the key is to find a really experienced cosmetic dentist. One that your comfortable trusting with your smile.  Then, have him tell you why he thinks a certain brand is right for you–especially if he is recommending lumineers, which many artistic cosmetic dentists don’t feel are up to the high standards of other brands.

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Tired of arguing with my dentist about Lumineers

June 30, 2015

I’m hoping you can help me.  I told my dentist that I want lumineers, but he’s insisting I get porcelain veneers. I specifically wanted lumineers so I wouldn’t have to grind my teeth down.  I wanted the thin ones.  Can you give me some information that will help me convince him?

Lucienne- South Dakota


Lumineers are highly marketed, but there are some misconceptions about them.  First, you need to be aware, that they aren’t different than porcelain veneers. They are simply one brand of porcelain veneers. Though they are ultra-thin, they are certainly not the only brand of ultra -thin veneers.

A second misconception is that your teeth need to be ground down in order to place porcelain veneers. The dental treatment that requires grinding is porcelain crowns. Veneers are totally different.  Your tooth does require some mild preparation, but it only changes your teeth abou the depth of a fingernail. It is so insignificant that people won’t be able to tell the difference between a prepared or unprepared tooth.

I would trust your lumineers in this case. If he’s not too keen on you using lumineers, he must think that a different brand will give you a more attractive smile.

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Can I get new teeth without needing sunglasses?

October 29, 2014

I want to get lumineers, but when my sister got them, her teeth were way too bright. I like how they look other than the unbelievable color. Is there a way to get them without that issue?

Mara L. – Ontario


The color is choosen by the client. It might be that your sister wanted atomic teeth. However, if you get Lumineers, you can pick whatever shade of white you prefer.

You’ll be the one in charge. You get with your cosmetic dentist and let him know what kind of smile you want.

Make sure he let’s you “test drive” them before he permanently bonds them on. Otherwise no matter how good or bad they look, they’re yours.

This blog is brought to you by Oklahoma City Dentist Dr. Don Swearingen.

Lumineers for vampire teeth

August 30, 2014

I want to go as a vampire for halloween and I want it to be REALLY realistic. Can I get lumineers that look like vampire teeth?

Steve C. – Portland


Yes, you can get lumineers to look like vampire teeth. However, you’ll spend a lot of money to do so and it’s permanent.  Some dentists are willing to do this, but many, if not most, aren’t. Now, if you want to spend the next 20 years or so looking like a vampire, then this is a great solution for you. If not, I’d look for a different solution.

You could get dental bonding, which is less expensive. You’ll have to pay twice. Once to get them and once to get them removed.  Many dentists will make you sign something that promises you will come back to have them removed.  Mosts dentists aren’t comfortable creating permanent “vampires”.

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