The American Folk Rock band, The Lumineers have recently risen to fame in the UK with tracks such as Ho Hey! (shown below). So, you are probably wondering what on earth this has to do with dentistry and why is a dental practice writing about The Lumineers?

Well, for the past a few years Lumineers have meant something entirely different to the world of dentistry. Lumineers are a brand of dental veneer which has been manufactured worldwide for some considerable time now.

So now that we are clear we are not talking about the folk rock band, what exactly are these lumineers and what is so special?

The philosophy behind dental lumineers is that there is minimal requirement to have to reduce healthy tooth structure in order to place a dental veneer. Prior to the development of advanced orthodontics and teeth whitening one of the few ways of correcting misaligned, broken down or dark teeth was to place dental veneers over the surface.

We do in fact still make dental veneers as they remain a good choice in certain indications for example:

  1. Dental veneers are great to simultaneously correct misaligned and/or dark single teeth.
  2. Veneers are also useful if an individual tooth has become extremely dark, where teeth whitening could be ineffective.

Not so long ago, if you had a smile you were not happy with, you would need to have 8 or 10 dental veneers to correct the tooth position and colour. With the orthodontic techniques we now have available to us we are able to move teeth quicker which means that less natural tooth structure is removed.

Dental Lumineers rose to fame due to their ability to be made ultra thin. This meant that the smallest amount of natural tooth would have to be removed in order to fit them.

Again, with modern advances in materials we can now provide similar instant veneers using dental concepts. In many cases it is not necessary to remove any of your natural tooth structure, meaning we can bond the instant veneer with composite directly to your existing tooth to realign it or rebuild it.

Instant veneers done this way often require no injection at all and can be done in one appointment, so they are often a popular choice.

So the next time you hear about the American rock band The Lumineers, you know that all of the dentists in the UK are not thinking about the latest tunes, but are picturing a load of teeth!

So to finish this blog post it only seems fitting to embed video of the rock band The Lumineers.

Click here to watch on YouTube