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By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
May 22, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Lumineers  

How Lumineers from your dentist in Pittsburgh, PA, can give you an outstanding smile

Do you need to improve your look? Nothing says outstanding appearance like an outstanding smile! Now, you can easily achieve a great new smile with the help of lumineers.

Here at LiveWell Dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Gary W. Machiko offers a wide range of cosmetic dental services, including lumineers, to give you an amazing smile—read on to learn more.

What lumineers can do for you

Lumineers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are one of the most popular cosmetic dental services because they are beautiful and versatile.

In fact, lumineers are the perfect choice to cover up minor and major imperfections like:

  • Chips and tooth erosion due to aging
  • Cracks or fractures due to trauma
  • Stains and discolorations due to lifestyle or genetics
  • Loss of tooth structure due to an injury

Lumineers can also make small spaces or gaps between your teeth appear closed. They can make rotated teeth appear straighter, and generally change the size, shape, and color of your teeth—the choice is up to you.

In addition to versatility, you will enjoy these important benefits with Lumineers:

  • Natural beauty, because porcelain reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Conservative treatment, because little to no tooth structure is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the Lumineers
  • Long-lasting results, because porcelain is stain-resistant, so your Lumineers will stay beautiful for years

Lumineers typically require between two and three appointments, including a consultation appointment. Imagine having a great new smile in just a couple of visits!

To read more detailed information about Lumineers and how they can improve your look, please visit the Veneers page on the website at

To discover the magic of lumineers and additional cosmetic dentistry services, call Dr. Gary W. Machiko of LiveWell Dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA, at (724) 719-2866.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
October 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Lumineers  

Hate to smile? With Lumineers, you won't be embarrassed to smile. Lumineers are remarkably thin porcelain veneers that provide a lumineersnatural looking smile. Lumineers can be placed on your teeth to change nearly anything about your smile. Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA offers a complete range of dental services, including Lumineers. Here are five ways Lumineers can help you.

1. Fix Gapped Teeth

It's possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of Lumineers. Thry are made of thin porcelain shells which are bonded on the teeth with gaps and are highly translucent and ultra-thin, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Lumineers can easily be applied to the teeth in two simple visits.

2. Whiten Your Smile

Tooth stains can cause embarrassment and keep people from smiling. Now there is a hassle-free solution to the problem. The Lumineers procedure will leave you with a bright, white smile, eliminating the traces of dental stains and discoloration. 

3. Cover Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are a common problem. If crooked teeth are your top cosmetic concern, they will be readily handled with Lumineers treatment as they can change the look of a tooth's shape, length and size.

4. Restore Chipped Teeth

Chipping a tooth is a common phenomenon. Chipped teeth are unattractive and can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. Lumineers can make your teeth look whole and healthy again. These porcelain shells not only dramatically change the appearance of teeth, they strengthen them as well.

5. Look Years Younger

Your teeth play an important role in defining how young or old you look. Lumineers will restore your smile and make you look and feel years younger. Who doesn't want to look better — or younger? Lumineers can make everyone's smile more beautiful. Consult with a dentist in Pittsburgh to find out if Lumineers are right for you.

You don't have to be born with a gorgeous smile to own one. Lumineers can give you the perfect smile you've always wanted. Call Dr. Machiko at 412-367-1319 today to schedule a dental consultation in Pittsburgh, PA.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Lumineers  

Find out if these porcelain veneers could give you the smile you want.

Some patients who’ve been interested in improving the overall look of their smile often find dental veneers a wonderful option. The only Lumineers downside is that it does require your Pittsburgh dentist Dr. Gary Machiko to shave down healthy tooth enamel in order to place the veneers on. This makes the procedure irreversible. If you aren’t sure whether you are ready to commit to traditional veneers you have another option: Lumineers.

What are Lumineers?

These ultra-thin (about 0.2 mm) translucent shells are placed over the front of your teeth to hide dental flaws and improve the overall look of your smile. When patients opted for traditional veneers in the past it required their dentist in Pittsburgh to grind down healthy tooth enamel. But with Lumineers you can still get the same look and feel as traditional veneers but without the tooth preparation.

What imperfections can Lumineers hide?

Lumineers are able to cover all the same problems that traditional veneers can including:

  • Discolorations
  • Cracked, chipped or misshapen teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Spaces between teeth

For some patients, getting Lumineers can actually reshape the smile enough that they don’t need to spend time and money on braces. While this isn’t always true for those with more severe cases, if you are only dealing with minor issues then Lumineers might be able to help.

What should I expect from my visit?

Once we deem your smile right for treatment it only takes two visits to our Pittsburgh dental office to get your new smile. During your first visit, we will make a mold of your teeth and also determine which shade your veneers should be. This mold will then be sent to a lab where they will make your Lumineers.

During your second visit, the Lumineers will be attached to the front of your teeth with a special resin, which we will then harden with a laser. This procedure is completely painless and won’t require needles or anesthesia.

How long do Lumineers last?

Studies have found that with the proper care these veneers can last over 20 years.

Can Lumineers be removed?

Yes! If you decide for any reason that you would like to go back to your original smile, we can remove your Lumineers. Because we don’t have to grind down healthy tooth enamel beforehand this procedure is completely reversible.

The only way to truly find out if Lumineers are right for you is to schedule a consultation with your Pittsburgh, PA dentist. During this consultation, we will exam your smile and make sure Lumineers are the best choice for your smile. Call us today!