Veneers can improve a variety of defects in a patient’s smile: from chips, stains and cracks to mild misalignments and undersized teeth. However, because some types of veneers require the removal of healthy enamel to make room for them, patients may have been reluctant to consider this treatment option. However, a type of veneers called Lumineers® are thin enough (about the same thickness as a contact lens) that they can be placed atop an existing tooth without making extensive alterations to that tooth.
A cosmetic dentist who uses Lumineers in her practice can upgrade a patient’s smile without injections or extensive drilling. Furthermore, Lumineers are totally reversible if the patient decides that they are no longer needed or wanted, which is not the case with conventional porcelain veneers.
Like other veneers, Lumineers are made from a form of porcelain, which shares many optical qualities with biological teeth. Therefore, your Lumineers will appear quite lifelike after they are bonded to your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can also adjust the shade of the Lumineers to get the closest match possible to the color of your biological teeth, which also helps to make this treatment more aesthetically pleasing.
As with all veneers, Lumineers can last for many years if you take good care of them. In fact, Lumineers may actually be more resistant to chips and breaks although they are thinner than conventional veneers. It is important for patients to maintain good oral hygiene habits and receive adequate professional dental care in order to get the maximum benefits and lifespan from their Lumineers, though. Be sure that you are following your dentist’s instructions in caring for your Lumineers.
If you want a long-lasting, reliable veneer without making major structural changes to your natural teeth in the process, consider Lumineers as a possible treatment option.
Call us at the office of Dr. Lori Logan today and schedule a consultation to learn more about Lumineers and get started down the path to a more beautiful, confident smile.