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A Popular Alternative to Traditional Veneers

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In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel offer LUMINEERS®, a form of minimal-prep veneers. Lumineers are a popular choice at our Queens, NY, practice because they can conceal a variety of aesthetic concerns without extensive preparation of the tooth. If you are trying to decide between traditional veneers and Lumineers, our doctors can walk you through each option to see which is best suited to your goals and health needs.

The Lumineers Difference

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Like traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are custom-made porcelain shells that cover the front-facing part of your teeth. However, Lumineers are much thinner than porcelain veneers. Because they are only about as thick as a contact lens, a significantly smaller amount of enamel is removed. As a result, they are an ideal solution for patients with sensitive teeth. This minimal tooth preparation technique also means that you can enjoy an expedited treatment time and typically experience less sensitivity after your treatment.

If you ever change your mind about Lumineers and choose to remove them, you will still have a fully functioning smile. In contrast, traditional veneers must be replaced to protect your teeth after the enamel has been removed.
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Are Lumineers Right for You?

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Although your unique case and overall goals will ultimately determine if Lumineers are right for you, they are typically a good choice for addressing cosmetic concerns such as:
During your consultation, our doctors can explain the differences between Lumineers and porcelain veneers to help you make a decision.

Treatment from Start to Finish

To determine whether traditional veneers or Lumineers are right for you, our doctors will first review your cosmetic concerns. Because Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, it is important to remember that they may not be appropriate for all cases such as deep, dark stains or larger gaps.

A Popular Option

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LUMINEERS are the most patient-requested veneers, can improve your confidence, and are a great option for patients who aren't ready to commit to porcelain veneers.

Planning Your Treatment

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If one of our doctors determine that you are a good candidate for treatment, we will begin by taking impressions of your smile. These digital impressions will be used to manufacture Lumineers that match the desired shape and color of your smile.
Because Lumineers do not respond to teeth whitening, we recommend that you undergo such treatment first so that your teeth are the shade you desire before receiving Lumineers. This will allow us to color-match your restorations to your newly-brightened smile.
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Preparing Your Teeth

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During the same appointment, we may need to prepare your teeth for the Lumineers. Depending on the size of your teeth, we may need to remove a small amount of enamel prior to placement. However, the amount is much more conservative than the amount taken when placing traditional veneers.

Placing Your Lumineers

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Once your Lumineers are ready, you can return to our office. We will test the fit and feel of your minimal-prep veneer to ensure that it does not disrupt your bite or speech. If you are satisfied with the results, we will permanently attach the Lumineers with special dental cement.

Find Out If You Are a Candidate

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LUMINEERS are the most patient-requested veneers, can improve your confidence, and are a great option for patients who aren’t ready to commit to porcelain veneers. Because there is minimal to no enamel removal, your treatment will be faster, more comfortable, and reversible. Contact us online or call us at (718) 571-8680 to learn more about this treatment.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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May 20, 2024
Excellent care and very friendly staff! Excellent dentist!!
Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.

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