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LUMINEERS® Treatment in Canmore

Do you want to enhance your natural smile? Contact Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy of Canmore Smiles for LUMINEERS® treatment, an excellent option for people who are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. These are ultra-thin porcelain slips that fit perfectly over the teeth making them look cosmetically perfect, white and completely beautiful. An off-white or crooked smile can cause serious confidence problems. LUMINEERS® are a fantastic alternative for patients wanting a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals, or painful treatments.


For LUMINEERS® to be applied, the underlying teeth, bone and gums must be healthy. Patients with gum disease or tooth decay must be treated prior to LUMINEERS® placement. Unlike dental veneers, LUMINEERS® can be left in place for over 20 years or removed upon request to expose the intact original teeth. LUMINEERS® can be fitted in just two appointments, and instantly add pizzazz to the smile.

Here are some of the problems that LUMINEERS® can solve:

  Large gaps between the teeth
  Misaligned teeth
  Misshapen teeth
  Stained teeth
  Uneven gums and teeth
  Unnatural looking bridges and crowns

How Can LUMINEERS® Benefit Me?

LUMINEERS® provide a wide range of advantages over similar treatments. The most meaningful advantage to anxious patients is that no painful alterations of the teeth are required prior to the LUMINEERS® application. The covers themselves are so thin and unobtrusive that speech and eating are seldom affected.
Here are some of the other advantages of LUMINEERS®:
  Last over 20 years
  No harsh drilling of inner tooth mechanisms
  No injections
  No pain or discomfort
  Only two dental visits required
  Option to place multiple LUMINEERS® at one time
  Perfect, pearly-white teeth
  Thickness of a contact lens
  Totally reversible treatment

Are LUMINEERS® Strong Enough?

LUMINEERS® are constructed from Cerinate® porcelain, which is known for its exceptional strength. Even though LUMINEERS® are thinner than dental veneers, they are less likely to break or chip. Additionally, Cerinate® porcelain can be colour-modified and balanced. This means that different levels of opaqueness and translucency can be utilized.

How Are LUMINEERS® Applied to the Teeth?

One of the main reasons LUMINEERS® are so easy to fit is that little etching has to be done beforehand. With veneers, many teeth might have to be permanently altered or drilled to ensure the best fit. However, LUMINEERS® offer a beautiful end product without any drilling, anesthesia or extensive etching. This factor alone can reduce the time in the dental chair by almost half, when compared to traditional veneers.


During the initial visit, bite impressions and X-rays are taken to determine the exact way the teeth fit together. The dentist also thoroughly examines the teeth to ensure that no tooth decay and no signs of gum disease are present. Together, the dentist and patient choose the colour of the LUMINEERS® and the desired level of transparency. The bite impressions are sent to the laboratory to be custom-crafted.


The LUMINEERS® are bonded to the teeth at the second appointment. If bonding substance has oozed out from beneath the LUMINEERS®, this is carefully removed using a beveled featheredge margin. Once the LUMINEERS® are in place, the dentist polishes them until they are completely smooth. The advantage of this smoothness is that bacteria and staining agents cannot easily adhere to the surface of the LUMINEERS®.


The LUMINEERS® are finally separated. Up until this point, they are still attached where the bite impressions suggest teeth would naturally join. The treatment is finished, leaving a beautiful white smile, and perfect, healthy teeth.


If you have questions or concerns about LUMINEERS®, contact us.


We can fix gaps, and uneven gums and teeth with LUMINEERS®.

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