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Lumineers

DentaCare Associates has been a certified Lumineers provider since 2006. Call and schedule an appointment and let us help you get the perfect smile you deserve.

You can have a permanently white, perfect smile in only two visits.  Lumineers are unique in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel delivering a natural looking smile.  Traditional veneers are generally thicker, and thus require more aggressive and irreversible removal of healthy tooth structure. The extensive preparation technique frequently requires shots and anesthesia to minimize sensitivity and pain, and typically involves placement of acrylic temporaries for over two weeks between visits.   The minimally invasive Lumineers technique typically eliminates the need for shots or temporaries, so while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers, you’ll look great and feel great.  Additionally, the durability of Lumineers allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 20 years.  That durability improves the strength of your teeth.  Lumineers are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  While many dentists offer veneers, Dr. Riettie has been trained to deliver the signature benefits of Lumineers.

How do Lumineers work?

After your initial consultation, Dr. Riettie will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth, and send the mold to an authorized Lumineers laboratory along with photos and other records that ensure the very best case for you. Unlike traditional veneers, there is typically no need for extensive drilling, shots or unsightly acrylic temporaries.  On your next visit, generally a couple weeks later, Dr. Riettie will place your Lumineers. Before Lumineers are bonded in place, it is important to try them on to ensure a good fit. Teeth are then moderately etched to prepare for placement and then bonded one by one. Dr. Riettie will then check your bite to make sure your contacts are balanced to avoid chipping your Lumineers through the course of daily function.

Common Questions

Is the Lumineers procedure painful?

Rest assured, the Lumineers procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth.  Because they are ultra-thin, in most cases you will get a perfect fit without shots or grinding down of the original tooth structure.  Once the procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed.


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?

In most cases, yes! Dr. Riettie will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary.  If you do not have a severe problem, Lumineers will reshape your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform, as well as whiter, something you don’t get with braces.


How long will Lumineers last?

Clinical testing has proven that a Lumineers smile lasts and looks great for over 20 years.


With Lumineers, can I still chew gum and eat my favorite sticky foods?

Drink and eat what you want with confidence because Lumineers are applied in the most durable way possible.  However, Lumineers don’t replace good hygiene, so you should continue to visit our office every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning to keep your Lumineers looking their best and the rest of your teeth and gums healthy.


Can Lumineers be taken off if I want them removed?

Yes, Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure, in most cases.  Your natural teeth are still intact and strong.


How long have Lumineers been around?

Lumineers have been improving smiles for over 30 years.  More than 13,000 dentists nationwide recommend Lumineers, and over one million units have been placed.  Many celebrities have transformed their smiles with Lumineers, but you’d never know because they look so naturally beautiful.