Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for patients – from dental crowns and whitening to Lumineers. Lumineers are a special type of dental veneer that is quickly gaining popularity. If you have any imperfections in your smile, Lumineers may be the right choice for you.
What are Lumineers?
To understand how Lumineers work, you will first need to know what traditional veneers are. Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth in order to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers can fix all sorts of cosmetic issues such as mildly crooked teeth, gapped teeth, discolored teeth and chipped teeth. Veneers are best used on the front teeth.
When traditional veneers are placed, the enamel must be shaped and a thin layer of enamel is removed to make room for the new porcelain shells. The main factor that sets traditional veneers and Lumineers apart is the amount of tooth enamel taken away for placement.
Lumineers require zero enamel to be removed in order to be placed successfully. These special veneers are thinner, with the same structural stability as traditional veneers. In fact, Lumineers are no thicker than a contact lens and serve the same purpose while appearing less bulky than traditional veneers.
How do Lumineers work?
In just two short appointments, you can have the smile you covet with Lumineers. After your first consultation, the first procedure appointment will consist of the dentist taking an impression of the upper and lower teeth. No drilling will need to be done at any Lumineers appointment, unless tooth decay needs to be taken care of before the placement of the veneers.
On your next and final visit to the cosmetic dentist a few weeks after the initial appointment, your new Lumineers will be ready for placement. The dentist will etch or scratch the surface of your teeth to test the fit. This will ensure that the fit is perfect before bonding them to your teeth permanently.
How long do Lumineers last?
Lumineers will permanently restore the appearance of your smile. Other cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments are painful, invasive and will not last as long as Lumineers. A brighter, more even smile awaits you with Lumineers. Not to mention, one that will last a lifetime.
Lumineers are not susceptible to staining or decay like natural teeth, so they stay functional and beautiful for a very long time.
Many Hollywood celebrities turn to Lumineers to achieve that camera-ready smile that everyone desires. Thankfully, this procedure is not only for the Hollywood elite. Many patients who have tried other methods to improve their smiles such as whitening or veneers find that Lumineers are the best option. Lumineers keep your teeth healthy as well, as no enamel needs to be removed.
Little to no discomfort can be expected after having Lumineers fitted. There are many options for Lumineers that fit every lifestyle and budget. If your smile is discolored, uneven or cracked, Lumineers may be the right choice for you. Discuss whether your smile can be improved by Lumineers with your dentist.
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