Dr. Hadgis is certified to place Lumineers porcelain veneers, but only the two of you can decide if that is really what is right for you. Lumineers are heavily advertised and therefore popularly known, but they may not be the best choice for your smile makeover. In general, it is best to be very careful when choosing your cosmetic dentist, and then trust your cosmetic dentist with choices about what materials will best suit you and your smile makeover.
What Makes Lumineers Different
Lumineers are marketed as some of the thinnest and strongest porcelain veneers available. While most porcelain veneers are about .5 mm thick (the width of a fingernail), Lumineers are about .3 mm thick. And while there are other brands of ultra-thin veneers, Lumineers are perhaps the best known due to aggressive marketing.
Because of their thinness, Lumineers are touted as a “no-prep” solution for porcelain veneers. This means that in theory the teeth do not need to be shaved down prior to placement of Lumineers, and that if you needed to have them removed, your natural teeth would be unaltered. This reasoning, in a way, assumes that there is a good chance you may NOT be happy with your smile makeover! And with the no-prep technique, this unhappy outcome may be more likely—adding even .3mm to your teeth may make them feel bulky and unnatural in your mouth, and may not yield the most beautiful, natural looking smile.
Dr. Hadgis is certified to place Lumineers, if he feels that they are the best solution for you, but the best approach is to let him tell you what he feels would work best for you. In some cases, the added dimension may work fine for your optimal smile, but it is best to let Dr. Hadgis make that decision.
In the hands of an accredited cosmetic dentist who is certified to place them, Lumineers can yield a truly beautiful result.