Lumineers are a unique type of porcelain veneer that consist of a stronger and thinner material. Whereas typical veneers average about 0.5 millimeters in thickness, lumineers tend to be 0.3 millimeters thick. As a result, lumineers can be applied to the teeth without the extensive preparation work that typical veneers may require. The procedure is painless and simple, without the use of numbing shots. Lumineers are simply bonded to the teeth with the aid of a curing light. Lumineers can also be placed directly over existing porcelain veneers to freshen their look or to extend the life of earlier veneers that may have lost their shiny appearance.
Despite the differences between veneers and lumineers, both materials are strong and durable and will last for years. Both procedures also require the same general precautions for the client, and are successfully completed in two to three visits to the doctor. Ultimately, the choice between the two procedures should be made in consultation with Drs. Davidowitz at their clinic in New York City. With their years of expertise crafting and placing veneers and lumineers, they may recommend one procedure over the other based on their custom analysis of your teeth.
Some clients, for example, may be better candidates for lumineers if their natural teeth are already intact and are fairly white and straight. Regular veneers may be a better option to restore teeth that have higher degrees of discoloration and misalignment. The amount of space between the top and bottom teeth also can be a factor in some cases, as well as the client’s habits with grinding or clenching their teeth.
At the end of the day, whether its veneers or lumineers, Dr. Steven Davidowitz uses a specialized smile creation technique created by his father, Dr. Gary Davidowitz. Dr. Gary Davidowitz lectures and teaches his specialized "Dr. D's smile makeover aesthetic steps to success technique" to dentists from all over the world – traveling into NYC from over 52 different countries looking to learn from his aesthetic excellence. Placement of porcelain veneers is one that requires the skill, precision, and artistry of a talented cosmetic dentist. This is a talent that both Dr. Steven and Dr. Gary share and both are proud of their commitment of excellence in cosmetic dentistry.