Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that can be fitted to your existing teeth without the need to drill or grind them down. (However, even with Lumineers, it is sometimes necessary to smooth down a minimal amount of tooth structure.)
The main advantage of the Lumineers is that your natural teeth are being preserved and there is usually no sensitivity, compared to traditional veneer preparation techniques. However, there are some potential disadvantages. With no preparation, not only will teeth feel thicker, but there can be a thicker edge at the gum margin, which can cause gingival inflammation. A well-trained Lumineers dentist will make sure that this edge is perfectly smooth and blends imperceptibly with your tooth at the gum margin.
Additionally, Lumineers are much thinner than other types of veneers, and as such, the lab technician cannot build in as much depth of color. This can make it more difficult to mask darkly discolored teeth, and a less aesthetic outcome is the result.
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