LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE® are porcelain veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. Dr. Herr's Gilbert, Arizona dental office can apply these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.
LUMINEERS are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.) LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth
Renewing Old Dental Work
No matter your age, sometimes it can just take a few years for crowns and bridgework to add many years to your face. LUMINEERS porcelain can easily be placed on top of crowns and bridgework, with absolutely no pain, drilling or sensitive tooth structure removal.
Do you have a diastema between your front teeth or some other space that you really don't love? LUMINEERS is a fast, non-invasive procedure for fixing spaced teeth. In just two short visits, these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" will eliminate the spaces, while keeping your original teeth in tact.
Crooked and crowded teeth are a common problem. LUMINEERS can eliminate the need for braces by the placement of this ultra-thin Cerinate porcelain, which permanently covers and corrects misaligned teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE different than traditional veneer procedures?
A: LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE is unique in that it is contact lens-thin (approximately .2 mm) and super translucent. Traditional veneers are fused or bonded to teeth, and generally your dentist will need to grind down the tooth for a good fit. Since LUMINEERS® is so thin, little to no tooth reduction is necessary. In addition, LUMINEERS® resists micro-leakage and micro-cracking.
Q: Is there any other LUMINEERS®?
A: No. LUMINEERS® can only be made from Cerinate porcelain. This revolutionary porcelain is crafted through a proprietary process unavailable anywhere other than Den-Mat Corporation, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of professional dental materials.
Q: I've heard that a veneer procedure hurts? Is that true with LUMINEERS®?
A: It's true that because most veneer procedures require a substantial amount of tooth structure removal, that there is pain and discomfort involved. LUMINEERS® is completely different because there is no need for grinding, cutting or filing of teeth in almost all cases. Consequently, no anesthetic or numbing shots are needed. Plus, no uncomfortable temporaries are required while you wait for your LUMINEERS® to be created. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post-placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means they will look natural and feel comfortable from the start.
Q: I think I need braces, but I really don't want to go through the inconvenient, unsightly and time-intensive process. Can I get LUMINEERS® instead?
A: In most cases, yes. Dr. Herr will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, LUMINEERS® will change the shape and alignment of teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform.
Q: How long will LUMINEERS® last?
A: LUMINEERS® has unparalleled longevity. Clinical testing has proven that a LUMINEERS® procedure lasts and looks great for up to 20 years. LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE also offers a 5-year Warranty and are replaced at no charge, ask Dr. Herr for details as certain restrictions do apply.
Q: With LUMINEERS®, do I need to use a special toothpaste or floss a different way?
A: LUMINEERS® is similar in structure to real tooth enamel. Consequently, you should always try to choose a low-abrasion toothpaste that will remove plaque, stain and tartar gently but effectively.
Q: With LUMINEERS®, can I still chew gum and eat my favorite sticky foods like corn or candy?
A: There are no limitations to what you can eat or drink as LUMINEERS® are placed over original teeth in the most durable way possible. However you should continue to visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning to keep your LUMINEERS® in good condition and to qualify for the Warranty.