The Average Cost of Lumineers

By Heather Broeker

Lumineers, known as the painless and safe porcelain dental veneers, can be the perfect solution to a wide range of dental problems, both aesthetic and hygiene-related. They tend to be preferred to typical dental veneers. However, because they are custom made from person to person to achieve the most natural look, the cost might seem high per veneer. However, Lumineers are not necessarily more expensive than typical dental veneers.

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What Are Lumineers?

Lumineers are extremely thin, custom-designed dental veneers. Instead of individual veneers that are installed on top of your original teeth, they are more like trays that go over the existing teeth. For this reason, they are virtually painless to have, unlike traditional veneers that require drilling the tooth down a great deal. They are also reversible, since they do not affect the original tooth in this way.

Average Cost

Depending on your insurance, the type of Lumineer you are getting, and how many you require, Lumineers cost between $700 and $1,500 per Lumineer. Depending on the type of dental veneer, this can actually be less than traditional dental veneers because there is less work to be done with the original teeth, and the Lumineers veneers can be connected, instead of many individual veneers.

The Process

Lumineers can be custom made for you and acquired in as little as two visits to your dentist. They are made by taking a mold of your teeth. This mold is then sent away so that Lumineers can be made from the mold. On your next visit, the dentist will put the Lumineers over your existing teeth, and you can be out that day.

Pluses of Lumineers

Lumineers can be less costly than traditional veneers, as they don't require as much preparation work for each tooth in order to be installed. They are also less painful to have put in since less enamel and tooth has to be ground away. This also makes the time it takes to have Lumineers put in much less, and the whole procedure is reversible.

Drawbacks to Lumineers

While the process by which Lumineers are installed is less painful and destructive to your original teeth, it uses a bond that is not as strong as typical veneering. The porcelain sheets that are attached to the teeth have slightly more potential to break or become loose. This would require a new set of Lumineers and another trip to the dentist's office to have them put in.