Del Mar Lumineers

Enhance Your Smile

Lumineers in
Del Mar

If you’re self-conscious about your smile in Del Mar, Dr. Todd Pizzi and our team are here to help. With Lumineers, you can cover up stained teeth, gaps in your smile, misshapen teeth, and a wide variety of other cosmetic flaws. Contact us online or give us a call at (858) 755-0187 to schedule a consultation and see if Lumineers are right for you.

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Explaining the Basics

What Are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a special type of porcelain veneer. They are made of a very thin yet strong porcelain material. Similarly to traditional veneers, they are intended to treat cosmetic flaws with your smile. Each Lumineer is made to fit perfectly over the front of your tooth. With a set of Lumineers, you can cover up a wide variety of cosmetic flaws and enjoy a straight, even, and bright smile. 

What’s The Difference Between

Lumineers & Traditional Veneers?

In most respects, Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers are the same. However, there is one big difference. Lumineers are a lot thinner. They are usually only about 0.2mm thick. For reference, that’s about the same thickness as a contact lens.

In contrast, traditional veneers are about 0.5mm thick. Because of this, they require you to have some of your enamel removed. This is done to make sure the veneers don’t add bulk to your teeth or affect your bite.

But because Lumineers are so thin, this is not necessary. Some patients can simply have Lumineers placed over their teeth with no trimming or enamel adjustment. Most patients require very minimal enamel removal. This simplifies the treatment and makes it less invasive. 

If you want, it’s even possible to reverse your treatment. This is not possible with traditional veneers, since much more of your enamel is removed to prepare for the procedure.

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Am I A Candidate 

For Lumineers?

If you have a healthy mouth but are self-conscious about your smile, Lumineers may be right for you. However, not every patient is a candidate for Lumineers. Some may be better off with traditional porcelain veneers.

For example, if you grind your teeth, Lumineers may not be the best option. They are not quite as strong as porcelain veneers, so they may be more prone to breaking. In this case, Dr. Pizzi may recommend traditional porcelain veneers.

What To Expect

The Lumineer Placement Process

After you’re approved for treatment with Lumineers, your treatment will usually take two appointments at Del Mar Dental Studio. At your first appointment, Dr. Todd Pizzi will clean your teeth. He may need to remove a tiny amount of enamel to prepare your teeth for your Lumineers. Then, he will take images and impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab, where your Lumineers will be built.

You’ll be sent home, and there’s no need to wear temporary veneers. That’s because your enamel removal, if required, will be extremely minimal. In about 2-3 weeks, our partner dental lab will finish building your Lumineers, and you’ll come back to our office for your final appointment.

At this appointment, Dr. Todd Pizzi will check the fit of each Lumineer, then use powerful dental cement to bond each one permanently in place. Then, he will buff and polish your teeth, give you some instructions on how to care for your Lumineers, and send you home with your shiny new smile.

Lumineers From Del Mar Dental Studio