What Are Lumineers?

What Are Lumineers?

Posted by SmileFresh Dental on Aug 24 2020, 12:41 AM

If you are displeased with the appearance of your teeth when you smile or talk, Lumineers® is one option to consider for a smile transformation. Lumineers allow people to improve their smiles and consequently their self-esteem and confidence without any permanent alteration to their teeth. Continue reading to learn more about Lumineers and how they work.

An overview of Lumineers

Lumineers are a variety of porcelain veneers. They are ultra-thin and have the translucent properties of the natural tooth enamel. They are also made from high-quality dental-grade porcelain and shaped to fit over the front surface of the teeth and cover cosmetic imperfections. Lumineers are thinner than veneers, which means little or no tooth preparation is required. They are also highly durable and can last up to two decades.

Getting Lumineers

The placement is straightforward and usually takes two or three trips to the dental office. In the first appointment, the patient will talk about their goals and the available options. The dentist will take impressions of the teeth and x-rays, if necessary. The dentist will fabricate a custom-made porcelain shell to fit over the affected teeth by forwarding impressions of teeth to the dental lab. If any tooth preparation is necessary, it is usually minimal, and no anesthetic is needed.

When the Lumineers are ready, the patient will return to have the shells bonded over their teeth. The dentist will check the fit of the porcelain shells first to ensure everything looks good. After bonding the Lumineers, the smile will look as good as new. Many patients are sometimes concerned about feeling pain during the Lumineers application. However, the process is completely painless. Those who suffer from dental anxiety should inform their dentist.

How are Lumineers different from dental veneers?

Lumineers are effective for fixing the same issues as regular veneers, including badly stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, small gaps between teeth, and poorly shaped teeth.

There are a few major differences between Lumineers and dental veneers. The first distinguishing element is that Lumineers are thinner than veneers, making their placement on the teeth much more convenient. The typical thickness of Lumineers is approximately 0.3mm, while veneers are about 0.5mm.

Although Lumineers are thinner than regular veneers, they are still highly durable and possess the strength needed to handle chewing and biting forces. Since little or no preparation is done, patients need to work with a trained and experienced dental professional to ensure the outcome looks natural and blends with the smile.

After treatment

After getting Lumineers, patients need to take adequate care of their oral health. If the time ever comes to remove the porcelain shells, there is no lasting damage to the teeth. With Lumineers, patients can eat their regular meals but still need to avoid chewing on hard foods or items that can damage the porcelain shell.

In conclusion

Lumineers have helped many patients correct dental flaws and improve their smiles. A trip to the dental office to meet the dentist will help you understand your options. Schedule a consultation appointment today.

Request an appointment here: https://www.smilefreshdentalauburnhills.com or call Smile Fresh Dental at (248) 260-2927 for an appointment in our Auburn Hills office.

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