WHAT ARE LUMINEERS®?
San Jose orthodontics by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. offers Lumineers ® — which are porcelain veneers are a type of veneer made out of the patented porcelain Cerinate ®. Cerinate ® is an exceptionally strong type of porcelain and this property allows Lumineers ® veneers to be fabricated to extremely thin tolerances.
The thickness of Lumineers ® veneers can be as little as .2 to .3 millimeters (along the same lines as a contact lens). In comparison, traditional porcelain veneers typically require a minimum thickness of around .5mm.
When Lumineers ® porcelain veneers are placed using a “no drilling, no shots” technique these veneers do in fact offer an alternative to traditional porcelain veneer methodology.
With the traditional porcelain veneering technique, a dentist will first reduce a tooth (grind away some of the tooth’s surface) approximately the same thickness as the porcelain veneer they plan to place will be. The idea is that, in general, each tooth has an ideal contour and thickness. Since a dentist does not want to create an end result where a veneered tooth has become oversized or bulky, they will trim the tooth back the same amount as the thickness of the porcelain veneer is placed.
In most cases, this tooth trimming means that a dental anesthetic will be required so the dental patient remains comfortable while the tooth reduction process is performed.
In theory, since a Lumineer ® veneer offered by San Jose orthodontics by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. is so very thin a dentist doesn’t need to trim back a tooth’s surface because when the veneer is bonded into place its presence will not add enough bulk to the tooth to pose a problem. Since no drilling is needed, no anesthetic (“shot”) is required either. “No drilling” Lumineers ® technique also offers the added convenience that no temporary dental veneers will need to be placed.