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Dental Lumineers: Purpose and Procedure

One person may need a hair makeover, while another person’s skin could use a little touching up. For you, the problem may be your teeth. If your teeth are your personal vice and you desperately need a quick dental fix—one that can last for years—then consider dental Lumineers, and finally experience how it feels to smile with pride.

Lumineers are simply a much thinner version of veneers. Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front surface of the teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are less than a millimeter thick—about the thickness of a credit card. However, Lumineers are even thinner—about 0.2 millimeters thick. Both are translucent, or see-through, and closely resemble the enamel that covers a natural tooth.

In addition to looking natural, Lumineers allow you to restore your smile without necessarily having to alter any of your original tooth structure. With veneers, your cosmetic dentist removes a small layer from the tooth’s surface. However, with Lumineers, the dentist reduces the teeth only a little, or your teeth may not have to be reduced at all. As a result, Lumineers are less invasive, thus causing relatively no discomfort or sensitivity, while at the same time being extremely durable.

Lumineers are ideal if your front teeth are slightly misaligned but you don’t want the hassle of braces. In many situations, Lumineers will help your teeth to appear more uniform and even whiter. Also, Lumineers can help to close gaps as well as to fix teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or worn down. In addition, even though positioning veneers in your mouth is not a reversible process, as it involves slight alteration of your teeth, you can easily get your Lumineers removed in the future if desired.

Stop focusing on your smile for all the wrong reasons, and don’t let your fear of discomfort keep you from making desired changes. With Lumineers, you can quickly get that perfect smile in a comfortable, non-invasive and easy manner. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can keep you smiling confidently for the coming years.

What is a Smile Makeover?

When you think of a makeover, a variety of images may come to mind: new trendy clothes and shoes, a contemporary hair style and even a fresh application of makeup. However, the teeth are a perfect candidate for a makeover as well: After all, research shows that about 80 percent of people dislike their teeth for one reason or another. A smile makeover is quite easy to accomplish today, thanks to a wide range of options available through your cosmetic dentist.

Tooth whitening is one of the most basic and non-intrusive ways to improve your teeth’s appearance, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy. With this type of procedure, you can make your teeth shades lighter, and those whose teeth have yellow tones actually experience the greatest benefits.

Another way to whiten your front teeth while at the same time correcting them if they are slightly misaligned, have chips or have gaps is to get veneers or Lumineers. Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that go over the front surface of the teeth in order to give you a brand new smile. Lumineers serve the same function but are much thinner than veneers.

The benefit of Lumineers is that your cosmetic dentist can place them on your teeth without having to permanently alter part of your tooth’s structure. The process for applying veneers requires your dentist to remove a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel, so they are non-reversible. However, veneers offer the benefit of being thicker and more customized to your teeth as well as having the ability to straighten minor teeth crowding.

Finally, while veneers or Lumineers are ideal if you have damaged teeth, Invisalign is a top solution for straightening teeth. Unlike traditional braces, it is virtually invisible, soft and removable, thus making it more comfortable and convenient to use.

You truly can get your long-awaited smile makeover and finally have that “Hollywood smile” you’ve always dreamed of. Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today to find out what dental makeover treatment option is best for you.