Do you like Lumineers?

I personally don’t.

The makers of Lumineers target the psychology that people do not want their tooth structure removed for porcelain veneers work.  With this technique, thin layers of opaque white porcelain pieces simply get bonded on top of the existing teeth; Very little to no tooth structure is removed.

Unfortunately, to make porcelain veneers look good, the ceramist really need to layer different shades of porcelain to create the life-like look of a real tooth.  Shade progression and translucency characteristics on a tooth must be present on the porcelain in order for the final result to look real.

Lumineers, being monochromatic in nature, cannot give you that realistic look.  Well…that only matters if you want your smile to look real.

When you consult with your cosmetic dentist, ask to see photos of actual cases that were done by the same dentist.  After a few consultations, you will have a better perception of good cosmetic dentistry versus bad cosmetic dentistry.

It is all about making a conscious informed decision.


Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

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