The price of Lumineers is one of the primary selling points of these thin porcelain restorations. The treatment, while relatively new, has been a godsend for those with gaps or chips in their teeth and other aesthetic problems with limited funds to expend. Those who take the initiative to conduct research on the product are often surprised to see that they can cost as much as 25% less per tooth than comparable procedures. Couple the low price with the minimally invasive installation technique and it’s no wonder patients have been asking their providers about the treatment in growing numbers.
Lumineers come standard with a five year warranty. That means you’re financially immune should one of these tooth coverings crack or otherwise sustain damage. There are contingencies you should be aware of with this warranty. If your provider negligently installed the product subjecting the veneers to excessive biting force (or other abnormal conditions) you will not be covered. Below, we will delve further into the nature of treatment and explore some factors which drive the cost of the procedure. We will also offer suggestions as to how patients can successfully fund their smile makeover.
The ingenuity behind the design of this product makes it much more receptive to the average patient’s needs. Unlike comparable products, Lumineers are extremely thin. This works in the patient’s favor in more than one way. The reduced thickness mitigates the need for extensive tooth restructuring and as a result, the patient has to spend less time in the dental chair (and with less discomfort).
According to the commercials advertising this product, no precursory work is necessary for the restorations to be applied to the teeth. In most instances, this is not the case. If the teeth are not prepared, the patient’s new smile will appear bulky and unnatural. Further, dental decay problems could arise as crevices can be created where bacteria can flourish. Finally, the cement used to bond Lumineers needs a rugged surface to bite onto. The teeth have a smooth, glass-like consistency in their natural state. This is not ideal for maximum adhesion strength. When the teeth are prepared correctly, and the porcelain is bonded properly, the patient can expect to enjoy their renewed smile for many years to come. For those who dislike dental visits, the low price of Lumineers will be a mere secondary motivator to avoiding pain.
The price of these no-prep restorations, while much more reasonable than that of compatible procedures, can still be high for patients to afford outright. As one might guess, there are some strategies a patient use to defer immediate expense. One of these options is obtaining financing through a cosmetic dentist’s office. A number of patients opt to go this route and are happy that they did in the end. Of course, the financing terms can vary from provider to provider and is heavily dependent on a borrower’s credit worthiness. There is a somewhat widespread misconception that dental insurance will over financial relief. Please rest assured that this is not the case. Insurance companies have little business in covering elective procedures. Unless you have unique circumstances, it is unlikely you will quality for even partial coverage.