Kasia D. Lopez, DDS / PureDental

Chicago Lumineers

Thanks to the marketing efforts of the company that makes Lumineers, a lot of people have heard about them and know that they are a way to get a beautiful smile. But you need to be careful in selecting your Lumineers dentist. There is a certification course put on by the manufacturer that trains dentists in the technical aspects of making them and bonding them to the teeth. But they don't require any courses in artistry or smile design for this certification.

Dr. Lopez, like the other dentists who provide this service, is licensed as a general dentist. But, when you pick a dentist, how can you know that you will get a beautiful smile? What if the dentist isn't artistic? Dr. Lopez makes the answer to this question easy for you by standing behind her work with a beautiful smile guarantee. If you come to her for a beautiful Lumineers smile, she will design your smile in wax first and make sure it meets your expectations. Then, before she bonds it permanently to your teeth, she will use special try-in pastes to make sure that you love it. If you don't, it will go back to the laboratory until you do. That is her "Beautiful Smile Guarantee."

This is illustrated by the before-and-after photographs on the right. Above is a photograph of the teeth of a patient that came in to see Dr. Lopez. She received a smile makeover at another dental office. You can see that the teeth look dull and even a little crooked. The color is kind of grayish. And if you look at the way light reflects from them, you'll notice that it reflects from a single spot. This is because the fronts of the teeth are rounded.


In the "after" photograph is a beautiful smile design by Dr. Lopez. The teeth are brighter and have a sparkle to them. Notice that there are vertical lines of reflection, similar to what you see in natural teeth.

  Illustrating why have Chicago cosmetic dentist Lopez do your Lumineers
  Your Chicago Lumineers could look something like this


Lumineers versus Porcelain Veneers

Many people don't realize that Lumineers are simply one particular brand of porcelain veneers. They are a brand that is heavily marketed, but they aren't really that different from other brands.

There are two basic types of porcelain veneers: conventional, and ultra-thin. Conventional veneers are 0.5 millimeter thick - about the thickness of a fingernail. Ultra-thin veneers are 0.3 millimeter thick. Lumineers are an ultra-thin veneer. Since they are extra thin, they require very little or no shaving of the teeth beforehand, which makes them popular with patients.

But there are other brands of ultra-thin porcelain veneers. The Lumineers brand is a little more opaque than some of the other brands. In some cases, this could be helpful. But if not done carefully, the end result could end up looking fake.

  Picture of Lumineers thickness

Another drawback of Lumineers is that, because of its trademark, the manufacturer requires that they be made in the Den-Mat dental laboratory in California. Since this lab is very large, it can be impersonal, and may not be the best choice if you want a truly customized smile design.

Are You a Candidate for Lumineers?

If you would like to know if you are a candidate for this treatment, we would be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation. You can come in and have about ten or fifteen minutes with Dr. Lopez to ask whatever questions you like. See our request an appointment page, or call (773) 904-8400. Chicago Lumineers