When most people think of veneers, they imagine the fake-looking square, Chiclet-like teeth that require a major dental overhaul. Most veneer procedures require the removal of sensitive tooth structure, so, if by misfortune, a veneer comes off, you are left with an ugly little nub. With the introduction of revolutionary Lumineers by Cerinate, Den-Mat, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of professional dental materials, has changed all that. Dentists apply these ultra-thin LUMINEERS to teeth without any painful grinding or shaving, transforming misshapen, worn teeth in to a naturally beautiful smile.
Without the removal of tooth structure, Lumineers require no anesthesia because they are virtually pain free. Since the process is so simple and gentle, the sensitivity usually felt after a traditional veneer procedure is eliminated.
In just two or three visits to the dentist, Lumineers provide a custom-made smile clinically proven to last up to 20 years. Traditional veneers are either fabricated with an aluminous core, which making for a thick, boxy, unnatural appearance, or without the aluminous core, which make them weak and in need of an extensive application process. Lumineers are the best of both worlds - ultra thin, yet super strong for a radiant smile that resists any micro-cracking, which can damage restorations.
Lumineers evolved from Den-Mat's successful Cerinate studio, which services over 2,500 dentists nationwide. Cerinates are revered in top trade publications, including Dentistry Today, which awarded them a spot in the "Top 100 Products." Now, Cerinate dentists are elevating their practices by also offering Lumineers as an alternative when a dentist desires not to remove sensitive tooth structure.
Lumineers can provide a convenient substitute for braces and other orthodontics, depending on bite severity. They may also be used on worn teeth to strengthen them and prevent further wear. They can even be placed over crowns to improve esthetics and help rejuvenate a smile.
"When I have suggested veneers to patients, I see an expression of fear and doubt wash over them," said David Nusblatt, DMD of New York City. "They automatically think of fake things attached to their teeth. Lumineers are completely different in that they are a non-invasive, yet permanent way to create the best shape and color possible for teeth."
Lumineers by Cerinate are a product of Santa Maria, California-based Den-Mat Corporation.