Chicagoland dentist reveals the truth behind LUMINEERS…Ask The LUMINEERS Expert

Posted Tuesday, June28, 2012 by Your LifeSmile Staff

Cosmetic Dentist Chicago Hinsdale

With over 25 years of experience and an approach that eliminates the use of shots and temporaries, Chicago and Hinsdale dentist Dr. Peter Harnois is the go-to-dentist for the 21st- century smile rejuvenation via the use of contact lens-thin LUMINEERS. His philosophy is to give patients the most natural appearance without damaging their healthy tooth structure. Dr. Harnois lectures internationally about LUMINEERS and trains other dentists at his Hinsdale dental office.

Q. I’ve being told by my dentist that the LUMINEERS would look thick and bulky. Is it true?

A. I have placed LUMINEERS on hundreds of patients including my own daughter and two of my sisters.

After using every veneer system over the past 25 years I find that LUMINEERS, when properly placed, look and feel the most natural of all!

Q. I’ve heard that because LUMINEERS are so thin, they are prone to chip, pop off and crack. Is that true?

A. I have mastered the skills and techniques to make LUMINEERS the most reliable and longest lasting option for my patients.

LUMINEERS are made from the strongest pressed ceramic in the market today and when properly cemented and the right maintenance they will not chip or crack. They are not prone to popping off like traditional veneers.

Q. How long do LUMINEERS last?

A. LUMINEERS have been proven to last over 20 years and is the only veneer product with an unprecedented warranty. There is no need to replace them every ten years unlike the traditional porcelain veneers. They will not stain and will maintain a natural translucency over the years.

Not only have LUMINEERS been proven to strengthen worn, aging teeth, but can also be placed over any existing unsightly dental work including crowns, bridges or without having to remove them.

Q. How can patients afford cosmetic dentistry in these difficult economic times?
A. LUMINEERS and LUMITray offer a range of budget friendly options and interest-free financing. With LUMINEERS I have the ability to treat anything from only two teeth combined with teeth whitening and give my patients an affordable smile makeover that meets their expectations and desire.

Q. What is the typical patient’s reaction after you have completed their smile makeover with LUMINEERS?
A. To be honest with you, many patients are in shock at first because they can’t believe that they have this beautiful LUMINEERS smile without shots, pain or temporaries.

So many of their friends and family tell my patients how great they look and how natural their results are.

My patients 50 and over, who had severely worn teeth, tell me how their new smile makes them feel younger and healthier.

Q. Why should our readers consider you for their smile makeover?

A. For the past 25 years of practicing and teaching cosmetic dentistry in Chicago and Hinsdale, I have always used the best possible products for my patients.

I spend as much time as is necessary with every one of my patients to show them all the possibilities. We do digital smile makeovers, full diagnostic wax-ups and show all the possible shades and shapes for each individual person.

I love what I do and consider it an honor and a privilege to make each individual person look and feel their best! All this in the least invasive and conservative way.

Even dentists come in to my Hinsdale dental office from around the country to have me place their LUMINEERS. They want to have their smile makeover done for the LUMINEERS expert.

Call Chicago and Hinsdale Dentist, Dr. Peter Harnois at 312-944-5200 or 630-323-4468 or schedule your complimentary consultation online at We can help you regain a beautiful smile!

4 Smile Makeover Myths—Busted

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 by NewBeauty Staff

There is a lot of information out there about getting and maintaining your best smile. Some of it is really great info. Some of it is, for lack of a better (politically correct) word, baloney.

If you’re considering a smile makeover with veneers, you better be able to separate fact from fiction. Here are four common myths that deserve some good old-fashioned busting.

Myth 1: Veneers are a one-time procedure.
Every case is different, and veneers last from five to 12 years in average, but in some cases, veneers have lasted as long as 20 years. “There is a limited life expectancy on every restoration,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS. So, you’ll have to replace them at some point.

Myth 2: Veneers only alter the look of the teeth.
Fact: Veneers can be used to build out the back teeth, making the cheeks appear fuller for a more youthful appearance overall.

Myth 3: All veneers are the same.
There is a big difference between regular and no-prep veneers, which require no tooth removal; however, only those who have pretty straight teeth without heavy stains qualify for them. Your teeth alignment has to be pretty close to ideal.

Myth 4: Once you get veneers, you’re stuck with them for life.
Fact: “In most cases, this is true, but in cases where only small adjustments were made such as tooth contouring, no-prep veneers can be applied, and they can be removed later on,” says The Woodlands, TX, cosmetic dentist Guy M. Lewis, DDS.

Why Facial Volume Matters

Posted Monday, January 23, 2012 by Shellie Terry Benson, Editor

You may not realize it, but a little plumpness is a good thing. Especially when we’re talking about the face, as you can see in actress Elizabeth McGovern’s photos, the image on the left taken in September 2011 and the one on the right last week.

Fat naturally adds the volume and support to the face that keeps wrinkles at bay and our skin looking youthful. However, we start to lose facial fat as early as our 20s, and it’s a downhill slide, literally, from there.

Facial fat deteriorates naturally with age, but weight loss and hormonal changes can speed up the process. When this happens, we start to see less definition around the face, including sunken temples, forehead and brow wrinkles, the corners of the mouth turned down, hallowing around the eyes, flatter cheeks and slack skin around the jaw.

There are three ways to restore facial volume and achieve smoother skin. Here’s how:

Fat transfer: This is good option if you’d like long-term results, but can endure some downtime (up to two weeks). You will first undergo a micro liposuction procedure to remove fat from another area of your body, then it will be prepared to be injected into your face. It’s also a good option if you are wary of injecting other types of fillers into your skin. The fat is your own, so your body will not reject it.

Fillers: Fullness can be restored through a variety of fillers including temporary (like Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane), long-term (Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse) or permanent (Artefill). Injecting fillers is a non-invasive option that gives an immediate result. The cheeks, temples, chin and jawline are the areas best suited for fillers, and Restylane was recently given FDA approval for use in the lips. Some of the non-permanent fillers can last up to five years, but most need additional treatments.

Implants: If you’re considering a facelift, your plastic surgeon may also suggest implants to restore volume, particularly in the cheeks or chin. These are a good option if you don’t have enough body fat to harvest for fat transfer. Implants are used less these days, as fat transfer and fillers have become the methods of choice. However, implants are a permanent solution and can help define facial features since they build up the bone structure. Seek an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the right option that will give you the results you’re after.



-Nicole Nicolaie

I am very happy with my new smile and very pleased with the entire experience in your office. It was great from the 1st appointment until the very last one.
I would strongly recommend the procedure to anybody who wants to improve not only their appearance but also their way of life.
It only takes 4 appointments (including the whitening), it’s not expensive ( my regular doctor…..I found out this weekend that he also does this….would have charged me 30% more for the Non-prep veneers and it did not include the whitening) and you get great results, as long as you go the best doctor.”

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– James

Words cannot describe how the Lumineers have changed my self image. I am 56 and for the first time in 45 years, I like what I see when I look in the mirror. Dr. Harnois and the staff at Your Lifesmiles have given me something to smile about, for the rest of my life. I recommend this very simple and painless procedure to anyone who wants the confidence that comes with a million dollar smile..”

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– Bill Miller

I have never been overly concerned with my smile, but with Dr. Harnois’ advice, I was able to make my smile more appealing. I also strengthened and protected my teeth with LUMINEERS, ensuring a great looking smile for the rest of my life.”