Benefits and Risks of LUMINEERS® By Eugene D. Stanislaus on May 01, 2023

LumineersLUMINEERS® are a popular alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. Like traditional veneers, LUMINEERS bond to the facial surface of the teeth to conceal minor cosmetic flaws. LUMINEERS are extremely thin dental restorations, more delicate than traditional veneers. Because they are so thin, LUMINEERS offer several advantages over traditional veneers.

The dental team at Brooklyn Heights Dental discusses the benefits and risks of LUMINEERS with patients from Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, and Fort Greene. Our dentists evaluate a patient’s smile, discuss their cosmetic goals, and help them determine if LUMINEERS is the best treatment option for their unique needs and desires.

Benefits of LUMINEERS

LUMINEERS are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment. The porcelain shells bond to the teeth to address numerous aesthetic imperfections. They are durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of normal oral functions. Additionally, they offer advantages that set them apart from traditional porcelain veneers, including fast and comfortable treatment and the option to reverse treatment.

Smile Enhancement

As with traditional veneers, LUMINEERS enhance the appearance of the smile by concealing superficial blemishes. LUMINEERS can address many of the same flaws as traditional veneers, including:

  • Minor chips, cracks, and fractures
  • Discoloration and dental stains
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misshapen or disproportionately sized teeth

Fast and Comfortable Treatment

The LUMINEERS treatment procedure is fast and easy. LUMINEERS are significantly thinner than traditional veneers, so the teeth require little to no prep before placement. At an initial appointment, our dentists take impressions of the teeth and create a design plan, both of which are sent to a dental laboratory where the LUMINEERS are crafted. Patients return for placement when the LUMINEERS are complete.

LUMINEERS are bonded to the teeth with a tooth-colored dental compound. Before placing veneers, our dentist lightly etches the teeth to create a rough surface that promotes bonding. In some cases, our dentists remove a small amount of tooth enamel. Even when enamel is removed, the amount is far less than that removed during traditional veneers treatment. LUMINEERS can typically be placed in around an hour.


Although LUMINEERS are extremely thin, they are durable restorations. LUMINEERS can withstand the usual wear and tear of biting and chewing. With proper care, LUMINEERS can last up to 20 years.

Reversible Treatment Option

LUMINEERS require the removal of little to no tooth enamel, meaning they do not dramatically alter tooth structure. This sets them apart from traditional veneers because it makes them a reversible treatment option. If a LUMINEERS falls off or if a patient decides to have LUMINEERS removed for any reason, dental sensitivity or weakness is not a concern.

Risks of Lumineers

There are virtually no risks of LUMINEERS treatment. The process leaves the natural tooth structure intact, basically eliminating the risk of tooth sensitivity or oral weakness. While LUMINEERS are strong and durable, they are much thinner than traditional veneers, so they are not a good option for people who grind or clench their teeth, as this could damage them.

Contact Us

If cosmetic blemishes are preventing you from enjoying the natural beauty of your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for LUMINEERS or veneers. To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments offered at Brooklyn Heights Dental, contact our dental practice online or call (718) 857-6639 and schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Stanislaus of Brooklyn Heights Dental®

Brooklyn Heights Dental®

The team at Brooklyn Heights Dental® has been committed to caring for our community's smiles since 1956. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are affiliated with several renowned institutions and organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The International College of Dentists
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

To set up an appointment or learn more about our services, give us a call at (718) 857-6639 or contact us online.

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