Often, when people want to improve their smile, they are shown a few different procedures that could do the job — including dental veneers. Perhaps they have decided they are ready to have a smile they enjoy showing off, or they heard about different ways to improve their smile from a friend or family member.…
What To Expect at Your Lumineers® Appointment
Lumineers are an ultra-thin type of veneers that can be installed without a need to remove portions of teeth enamel. These tooth-shaped shells go over the front of teeth and they hide flaws on them. Lumineers, like veneers, can be used to fix a bunch of dental problems like:
- Minor teeth alignment problems
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Short or poorly-shaped teeth
- Chipped teeth
The difference between veneers and Lumineers
Veneers and Lumineers are quite similar with a few differences. The main difference is that Lumineers are only half as thick as veneers. This difference leads to some significant changes to how Lumineers are installed.
Veneers being fitted requires the dentist to remove a small portion of enamel from the teeth being treated. It is done to prevent the restoration from making the patient's teeth appear abnormally large due to the extra bulk the veneers give them.
Since Lumineers are a lot thinner than veneers, they can often be installed without removing any enamel. It makes them quite popular with many patients would rather get non-invasive, simple treatments that are fully reversible.
What to expect when getting Lumineers
The installation of Lumineers typically involves two trips to the dentist. Here is what it involves:
- During the first consultation, the dentist evaluates the patient and determines they are a good candidate for veneers.
- Impressions of the patient's teeth will be taken and the data is used to craft custom Lumineers that match the patient's teeth shape and provide the desired color. The patient is sent off on their way and their information is sent to the lab that makes the restorations.
- During the second visit, the custom Lumineers are attached to the patient's teeth. It is a quick and painless process that does not cause discomfort.
Once the custom Lumineers are bonded in place, the patient's smile is immediately transformed. Lumineers make it possible for patients to construct their perfect smiles and make it a reality within a few weeks.
Lumineers are bonded securely to teeth so the patient's ability to enjoy foods or maintain oral hygiene is not hindered. Lumineers do not require special maintenance, which means the patient does not inherit any new chores. They get to go about and enjoy a great new smile without having to do much besides making two trips to the dentist. If they ever decide Lumineers are not for them, they can take the restorations off and their teeth will not be damaged from wearing the restoration.
Craft your perfect smile with us
Lumineers have made it easy to create the perfect smile you have always wanted. Each Lumineer can be customized any way you want to suit your personal style, and they look natural when attached. Unlike veneers, Lumineers do not require you to make irreversible changes to your teeth. They can last over 20 years if you maintain good oral hygiene.
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