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One of the most popular types of veneers used by cosmetic dentists in the UK are the incredibly thin lumineers. Like all veneers, lumineers are used to help create a perfect smile by covering gaps between teeth and improving the appearance of uneven or discoloured teeth.

Lumineers are different from standard porcelain veneers in that they're made from very strong cerinate porcelain making them much thinner than traditional veneers. To give you an idea of their thickness, think in terms of the thinness of contact lenses.

And it's this thinness, that means very little of your natural tooth structure requires removal. With most traditional veneers, teeth are ground down in preparation for bonding. This is not particularly desirable as the structure of the tooth will be inevitability weakened which can lead to problems in the future.

And because of this lack of interference with the underlying tooth, lumineers are often reversible, meaning they can be removed at a later date.

Lumineers availability
Not all dentists in the UK offer lumineer veneers. Only clinics registered with the manufacturers are licensed to provide them. Although this can be a pain for patients, it does ensure only reputable dentists can work with them.

How long will they last?
As with most forms of dental treatment, longevity will depend on the patientís overall health and dental hygiene practices. For example, a women who brushes, flosses and follows a healthy diet will experience longer results than someone with a poor dental hygiene and an unhealthy diet. A life span of up to twenty years is not uncommon.

Alternatives to lumineers
Although lumineers are thinner than standard veneers, treatments such as MAC veneers or Empress veneers are a possible alternative. It's simply a question of personal choice and the price you are willing to pay for a perfect smile.

Costs and prices
The cost of having Lumineers in the UK is approximately £600 to £750 per tooth. Many dentists will offer discounts for multiple tooth treatments.

The cost will also depend on where you live. For example, the majority of dentists in London charge considerably more than those in Carlisle or Wolverhampton.

Risks and complications
There are no real risks of lumineer treatment. As previously mentioned, standard dental veneers require a significant proportion of the underlying tooth to be chiseled away which can cause problems in the future. But as lumineers are so thin, this long term risk is not an issue.

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