Lumineers in Costa Rica

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Thanks to affordable lumineers in Costa Rica, that saves your hard-earned money.

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Costa Rica is one of the top dental destinations in Latin America.[1]Tourism Review
Dental Tourism is Fluorishing in Costa Rica
“Recent reports show that Costa Rica has rapidly grown in its popularity… ”
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Want to know why is dental tourism booming here? Read ahead to find out more!

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are ultra-thin porcelain veneers customized to fit each tooth of the patient.[2]
Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry
“Lumineers are thin porcelain material, custom made for the patient… ”
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They are only 0.3 mm in contrast to 1.5mm thick regular veneers.[3]JAMDSR
Lumineers Veneers – A Clinical Case Study
“Traditional porcelain veneer (1.5mm) is thicker than Lumineers (0.3mm) ”
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They provide a permanent cosmetic solution to stained or damaged teeth.[4]JAMDSR
Lumineers Veneers – A Clinical Case Study
“They function as a permanent solution for stained and discolored teeth. ”
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Set of 6 Lumineers


Lumineers for Esthetic Smile

Lumineer is a registered brand of Den-Mat Holdings LLC.[5]Trademark Elite
LUMINEERS United Kingdom Trademark Information
“Trademark Owner: Den-Mat Holdings, LLC ”
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But how much do these veneers cost? Are they affordable in Costa Rica? Let’s scroll down & see!

Cost of Lumineers in Costa Rica

The price of lumineers in Costa Rica varies from $425 to $600.

On the other hand, the same procedure might charge you $1,000 in the US & $1,400 in Canada.

Similarly, the lumineers cost in Australia & New Zealand may be around $1,300 & $2,050, respectively.

Thus, creating a huge gap between dental veneers price in Costa Rica & at home.

From the table below, you can clearly conclude that veneers in Costa Rica save you nearly 65%. Isn’t that a huge amount to retain? 😲

Cost of Lumineers in Costa Rica Vs. Other Countries

Country Cost (Per Unit)
Costa Rica $425 – $ 600
United States $800 – $2,000
Canada $800 – $2,000
United Kingdom $900 – $1,200
Australia $1,500 – $2,500
New Zealand $1,850 – $2,250
*Prices may vary as per the case complexity.

Note: Not every partner clinic in Costa Rica uses Lumineer brand. But they do use a similar technique.

They fabricate their own veneers in in-house labs & customize it for each case. They call them Smile Veneers or First Fit Veneers.

Lumineers might be overpriced in your land, but they are economical in Costa Rica.

So, request a FREE quote and return back home with a dazzling smile.

Why are Lumineers Cheaper in Costa Rica?

There are myriad reasons owing to the cheaper lumineers or porcelain veneers in Costa Rica.

The living cost here is around 37% low than in most American states.[6]Expatistan
Cost of living in Costa Rica compared to United States
“Cost of living in Costa Rica is 37% cheaper than in United States. ”
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Besides, you get first-class healthcare facilities at 1/3rd of the US cost.[7]CNBC
Dental tourism in Latin America…
“The country’s public and private health… being upgraded…costs are low in comparison to those in the U.S., regularly coming in at about a third… ”
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Moreover, short flights of ~4 hrs 32 mins from the US make it easily accessible.

Also, you save substantially[9]CRC Daily
How has Costa Rica’s medical tourism industry been impacted by Covid?
“Costa Rica has the advantages of being close to the United States…the savings are substantial… ”
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by boarding popular airlines for ~ $144.[8]Skyscanner
Cheap flights from United States to Costa Rica
“Average flight time: 4 hrs, 32 mins…Cheapest flight found: $144… ”
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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Easy to Reach

High-Quality Treatment

Quality Lumineers in Costa Rica

Do you still want to know why Costa Rica is in demand? It’s because of:

  • High-rated dentistry | Quality treatment 👌
  • Geographical Proximity | Short plane ride away ✈️
  • All-inclusive packages | Pick up/drop-off & stay 🚕
  • Captivating landscapes | Charming tourist spot 🏖️
  • Affordable dental care | Budget-friendly for uninsured 💰

Captivating View in Costa Rica

Captivating View in Costa Rica

Porcelain veneers fall in elective cosmetic procedures, so insurance companies do not provide cover for them.

Therefore, millions of Americans reach Costa Rica in search of affordable dentistry abroad.[10]Tico Times
1 million people visited Costa Rica in 2020
“Costa Rica welcomed just over 1 million international arrivals in 2020, according to data shared by the Tourism Board (ICT). ”
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You can visit San Jose, Liberia, Jaco, or Playa Del Coco to have a wonderful dental experience.

3 Step Procedure for Lumineers in Costa Rica

Getting Lumineers is a painless and minimally invasive procedure.

Visit 1

Diagnosis | Treatment Plan

Predesigning a Smile

Pictures to Predesign a Smile

A dentist analyzes their patient’s needs, oral status, color & smile line.

Then, they share a proper treatment plan. For this, they may require:

  • Photographs
  • Radiographs
  • Teeth Models

Visit 2

Preparation | Impression

Depending on the case, Lumineers might not always demand trimming of tooth surfaces. 2 methods include:

Teeth Impressions

Teeth Impressions

I. No-Prep Technique:

  • No reduction of tooth structure
  • Veneer thickness is 0.2-0.7 mm

II. Minimal Preparation:

  • 0.3-0.5 mm tooth reduction is done
  • Usually indicated in misaligned teeth

👉 Good News: Anesthesia is not needed in any of the techniques.

Teeth impressions are taken to make models. The lab uses them to make custom Lumineers.

Visit 3

Cementation | Bonding

Firstly, the clinician cleans the tooth surface with a polishing paste.

Then, they bond the lumineers to front teeth in a sequence: central incisors > canines > lateral incisors.

Lastly, the dentist removes extra cement using floss & completes it by final curing (for a few secs).

Note: Usually, it takes 3 visits to complete. However, Lumineers can also be done in just 2 visits by combining 1st & the 2nd sitting.

Source: IOSR Journal[11]IOSR Journal
Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry
“Usually three visits are required for no-preparation…checked for smoothness using dental floss. ”
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Lumineer is a very simple procedure. So, are you curious to know whether you are a good candidate for it or not? Let’s check it out!

When Do You Need Lumineers?

Lumineers are contact lens-thin shells that best reproduce a brighter smile.[12]PubMed Central
Minimally Invasive Laminate Veneers
“In this context, ceramic laminate veneers, also known as “contact lens,”… ”
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They are recommended in:[13]PubMed Central
Minimally Invasive Laminate Veneers
“One of patients’ greatest desires when seeking dental treatment is the aesthetic transformation…size, and color of the teeth… ”
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  • Badly shaped teeth
  • Unnatural bridge/crown
  • Mild gaps between teeth
  • Stained/discolored teeth
  • Minor tooth cracks

Lumineers are advertised as the answer to most esthetic needs. But they might not be suitable for everyone. For instance,[14]
“”They only solve some minor dental problems, and their use is not recommended in the following cases: ​Massive damage of the enamel layer…” ”
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  • Loose teeth
  • Large teeth gaps
  • Night grinding, nail-biting
  • Damaged outer tooth layer(enamel)

When do You Need Veneers/Lumineers?

Lumineers Vs. Veneers

You might have heard of veneers. But do you know how are they different from Lumineers?[15]Very Well Health
What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?
“Veneers generally protect against discoloration a little better, and Lumineers may not be able to correct certain cases… ”
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See the table below:👇

Lumineers Veneers
Ultrathin: 0.3 mm thick Relatively thicker: upto 1.5mm
Are potentially reversible Bond permanently to teeth
Need less time & visits Takes more time & visits
Less/no trimming  Slight trimming done
Demand extra care to stay longer Last longer for ~ 15 years
More translucent, more natural & comfortable Less translucent & natural
Pain-free, so no anesthesia is needed Might require anesthesia to avoid sensitivity
Cannot be used in severe discoloration Masks severe discoloration better
Less visits might incur less expenses More visits might incur more expenses

Advantages of Lumineers

Lumineers are popular as cosmetic coatings among international patients. They offer the following benefits:[16]IOSR Journal
Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry
“Advantages: 1. Painless 2. Lack of need for anesthesia… ”
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  • Painless | No need to numb ✅
  • 2 sittings | Quick to apply & remove ✅
  • Great color stability | Excellent esthetics ✅
  • Minimal or no tooth scratching | No sensitivity ✅
  • Need no temporary cover | High patient acceptance ✅

Disadvantages of Lumineers

Though more beneficial, Lumineers have a very few drawbacks such as:[17]IOSR Journal
Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry
“Disadvantages: 1. Bulky appearance…Difficult to mask severe staining… ”
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  • Adds to thickness | Might look bulky ❎
  • Ultra-thin | Can’t mask severe staining ❎
  • Overcountouring | Periodontal problems ❎
  • Not appropriate for all cosmetic problems | Limited use ❎

Aftercare of Lumineers

To improve the longevity of lumineers, adopt good oral practices including:[18]Very Well Health
Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Veneers
“Soon after your procedure, your dentist may recommend that you temporarily stop drinking red wine or coffee…”
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Immediate Post-Op Care

  • Do not eat or drink dark-colored items 
  • Don’t take too hot/cold eatables to avoid any sensitivity

Routine Care after Lumineers

  • Brush & floss regularly
  • Avoid grinding of teeth (wear a nightguard)
  • Refrain from chewing hard & sticky candies
  • Do not bite on a pen, pencil, or any hard objects
  • Do not miss your dental visits for follow-ups & cleanings
  • Reduce the consumption of dark-stained food or liquids (tea, coffee, red wine)

Is Costa Rica a Safe Country for Dental Tourism?

Yes. Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Latin America.[19]International Citizens
Is Costa Rica Safe for Expats & Travelers?
“The U.S. State Department ranks Costa Rica as a “level 1” country which is the safest level”
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Americans and Canadians call it a retirement destination for its healthcare & tourism.[20]Smart Asset
How to Retire in Costa Rica…
“Retiring in a foreign country like Costa Rica offers Americans an opportunity for the good life at a cheaper price. ”
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With the lowest poverty rates in Latin America, its steady growth & open policies make it a global leader.[21]World Bank
The World Bank In Costa Rica
“This growth resulted from an outward-oriented strategy, based on the openness…The combination of political stability…lowest poverty rates in Latin America ”
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Safety Aspects As a Tourist

Costa Rica is Safe for Dental Trip

Facts to Know!

  • Costa Rica is one of the best Green Countries in the World.[22]World Bank
    The World Bank In Costa Rica
    “Costa Rica is… environmental…its Green Trademark. ”
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  • In 2021, 64% of foreign visitors were from the States.[23]
    U.S. Relations…
    “During 2021, 64%…visitors were from the US.”
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  • Over 1.3 million US citizens entered Costa Rica annually in the past few years.[24]
    U.S. Relations…
    “Costa Rica is…over 1.3 million U.S. visited.”
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Costa Rica is at a “level 1” country, the safest level credited by the U.S. State Dept.[18]International Citizens
Is Costa Rica Safe for Expats & Travelers?
“The U.S. State Department ranks Costa Rica as a “level 1” country.”
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But, security concerns are obvious as you plan your travel.

We hope the following points will help you plan your trip well.[25]International Citizens
Is Costa Rica Safe for Expats & Travelers?
“Store your travel documents, passports, and valuables in a safe place…”
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  • Avoid traveling solo after dark
  • Hold your passports and cash close at hand
  • Keep an eye while withdrawing money from ATMs
  • Have your hotel’s & country’s embassy numbers handy
  • Homicides are not common, though petty crimes may follow
  • Exercise precautions in some Costa Rican provinces (Limon, Liberia city, San Rafael, the Pavas, & hospital areas in San Jose)

Crime can happen anywhere in the world. So, be extra vigilant as a traveler.

Safety Aspects As a Dental Patient

Now, we will tell you what our top-rated partner clinics in Costa Rica have for you.

  • Proper sterilization (autoclave)
  • Friendly & English-speaking staff
  • Safe financing options: Cash, credit/debit cards, bank transfer, PayPal
  • Free pick up/drop off facility & hotel arrangements with amenities @ special price
  • High-end technology: CEREC Primescan, MC Xl & Speedfire Oven, Microscope, Scanora 3D imaging

Scanora 3D Imaging

Scanora 3D Imaging

CAD-CAM Technology

Travel Tips for Costa Rica

Costa Rica ranks #14 in the best places to travel in 2023 as per U.S. News.[26]travel.usnews
Why Go To Costa Rica?
“The U.S. News & World Report travel…#14 in Best Places to Visit in January 2023 ”
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If it’s not on your bucket list, add it now. Click below to read helpful travel tips:[27]
Costa Rica
“Requirements for Entry: Passport valid for duration of stay…at least $100 USD per month… ”
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Entry Requirements

  • Carry a passport valid for duration of stay
  • No visa is required for a stay of less than 90 days
  • Return ticket or proof of next country travel
  • Proof of funds – atleast $100/ month (till stay)
  • Bring copy of identification and immigration status

Note: Dial 911 for emergency services in Costa Rica.

How to Reach?

The best mode to reach Costa Rica is by plane. Most travelers fly into:[28]USA Today
How to Travel to Costa Rica
“Most travelers fly into the international Aeropuerto Juan Santamaria, located just 10 miles from San Jose… ”
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  • International Aeropuerto Juan Santamaria (10 miles from San Jose)
  • Daniel Oduber Airport (in the northern town of Liberia).

Direct routes from the US cities are:[29]Vacations Costa Rica
Flights to Costa Rica: The Ultimate Guide
“See below the current direct routes into Costa Rica…Chicago, IL (ORD): Once a week (Saturdays) to San Jose (SJO)… ”
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  • Chicago, IL (ORD) to San Jose (SJO)
  • Denver, CO (DEN) to San Jose (SJO)
  • Houston, TX (HOU) to Guanacaste (LIR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJO) & Guanacaste (LIR)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR) to San Jose (SJO) & Guanacaste (LIR)

Flight Map, Costa Rica

Flight Map, Costa Rica

Airlines with Direct Flights: Jet Blue, Air Canada, Delta Airlines, American Airlines

Transport in Costa Rica

If you are going to/from Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO), you can either rent a car or book local transport.

Rental Cars Private Transport
  • Europcar
  • Avis Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Economy Rent a Car
  • Uber
  • Red Taxi
  • SJO Shuttle
  • Super Shuttle
  • Costa Rica Shuttle

Currency Exchange

Colon is the Costa Rica’s official currency. Nevertheless, U.S. dollars are widely accepted in here.

You can go to currency exchange booths in the San Jose Airport, but the best way is to use the ATMs for local currency.

Useful Tip: Bring dollars for local shopping & get colons as a balance.[30]Vacations Costa Rica
Costa Rica Travel Tips – FAQs Answered
“Costa Rica’s official currency is the Colón… ”
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5 Things To Do

Spend leisure time in this tiny tropical paradise of Central America.[31]travel.usnews
Free Things To Do in Costa Rica
“The Nicoya Peninsula’s sparkling…funky bamboo bars… ”
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  • Guanacaste – Sightseeing gold coast
  • Jaco – Beachside retreat, foggy rainforests
  • Nicoya Peninsula – Beaches, recreational tours
  • San Jose – Vibrant capital with cultural attractions
  • Poerto Viejo De Talamanca – Funky bamboo bars, Caribbean cuisines

Wildlife in Costa Rica

Wildlife in Costa Rica

Beach in Costa Rica

Beach in Costa Rica

Not to miss eating!

  • Exotic fruits – Pejibayes, mamon chino
  • Fresh fish, black beans and rice, coffee

Reviews: Lumineers in Costa Rica

The clinic was up to date, clean & the staff was bilingual and professional. The cost was a fraction of what I would’ve spent here in the US.

Madeleine Pluhar, US

The dentists and their staff are very professional and extremely kind. I regained my confidence with a beautiful bright smile again.

Carmela Giamp, Canada

FAQs: Lumineers in Costa Rica

How much does a full set of Lumineers cost in Costa Rica?

Dental veneers price in Costa Rica, especially for Lumineers, ranges from $425 – $600 per unit.

Patients usually request 6 to 8 veneers for smile symmetry, thus multiplying the cost to ~ $2,550 – $3,400.

Similarly, a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica with 12 Lumineers can cost nearly $5,100.

You can compare the prices of different sets of Lumineers in the table below:

Lumineers Costa Rica US Canada
Per unit $425 $1,000 $1,400
Set of 6 per arch $2,550 $6,000 $8,400
Set of 8 per arch $3,400 $8,000 $11,200
Set of 12 per arch $5,100 $12,000 $16,800

How many teeth do you need for Lumineers?

Depending on the number of teeth visible when you smile, you can have 6, 8, or 12 veneers.

It is important to define symmetry during cosmetic procedures in Costa Rica.

Therefore, the most popular option is to get a set of 8 Lumineers in the upper arch.

How long does it take to get Lumineers in Costa Rica?

Usually, dentists in Costa Rica recommend a period of ~6 days to complete the Lumineers.

They usually require 2 visits only. However, the intervals between veneers may vary because they are custom-made in the lab.

Do Lumineers pop off?

The Lumineers are applied by cosmetic dental experts. So, the results are successful.

They are bonded well to the tooth surface, so you don’t have to worry about them.

Make sure to follow the dentist’s post-op instructions to avoid them chipping or popping off.


We want that you fly back home with the smile of your dreams.

So, we at MTC help you choose clinics that offer budget-friendly Lumineers in Costa Rica.

Please, feel free to contact us for a price quote whenever you wish to have a dental trip abroad.

MTC makes your journey of few miles easier & fruitful!


1. Tourism Review: Dental Tourism is Flourishing in Costa Rica

2. Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry

3. JAMDSR: Lumineers Veneers – A Clinical Case Study

4. Trademark Elite: LUMINEERS United Kingdom Trademark Information

5. Expatistan: Cost of living in Costa Rica compared to United States

6. CNBC: Dental tourism in Latin America…

7. Skyscanner: Cheap flights from United States to Costa Rica

8. CRC Daily: How has Costa Rica’s medical tourism industry been impacted by Covid?

9. Tico Times: 1 million people visited Costa Rica in 2020

10. IOSR Journal: Lumineers- New Era of Restorative Dentistry 

11. PubMed Central: Minimally Invasive Laminate Veneers

12. Lumineer

13. Very Well Health: What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?

14. Smart Asset: How to Retire in Costa Rica…

15. World Bank: The World Bank In Costa Rica

16. International Citizens: Is Costa Rica Safe for Expats & Travelers?

17. U.S. Relations With Costa Rica

18. travel.usnews: Why Go To Costa Rica?

19: Costa Rica

20. USA Today: How to Travel to Costa Rica

21. Vacations Costa Rica: Flights to Costa Rica: The Ultimate Guide

22. travel.usnews: Free Things To Do in Costa Rica