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Apr
22

What are Lumineer Veneers?

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Do you want a whiter, brighter smile?  Do you have a few teeth that are stained, or crooked, or even have teeth that have a large space or gap between it?   If so, Lumineers may be the answer for you.

Lumineers are a type of veneers that are applied to your teeth.  Lumineers are painless and will provide you with a healthy, natural looking smile that is bright and white.  Unlike regular veneers, no drilling or shots are required.  Because of this, there is no pain involved when Lumineers are fitted and applied.

Lumineers are very thin veneers that are custom made for your mouth and tooth shape.  A lumineer veneer is fitted on the first office visit, and applied at the second one.  During the first visit, your dentist will take a mold or impression of your mouth.  You will also talk with your dentist about the shade and color you want your teeth to be.  Different shading scales will be held up to your natural teeth so you can get an idea about how ‘white’ would look good for you and with your natural skin tone and coloring.

Because Lumineers are so thin, they are easily removed if you decide you no longer like the look.  In fact, Lumineers are so thin, once applied, you will never know they are there!  They look completely natural and attractive.  Do not let the thin size surprise you.  The Lumineer veneers will last up to twenty years.  This makes Lumineers an excellent choice for a healthy, white and bright smile.

If you are interested in having a whiter, brighter smile in two visits, ask your dentist about Lumineer Veneers.

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Oct
17

Five Benefits of Dental Lumineers

Dental lumineers are thin porcelain coverings that are placed over a healthy tooth or teeth to produce a whiter, more uniform, more attractive smile. Here are six advantages of dental lumineers.

1)      They look natural

Lumineers are made of a special type of porcelain, cerinate porcelain, which perfectly mimics the texture and look of healthy human teeth. Cerinate porcelain has the translucent quality of enamel, so it reflects light in a natural-looking way.The material can be easily contoured to replicate the shape of the patient’s natural teeth. Additionally, lumineers are precisely shaded to reflect the color of the patient’s teeth, so that they are indistinguishable from the surrounding, natural teeth.

2)      They last a long time

Lumineers are very durable cosmetic applications; they are securely bonded to the surface of the teeth with a long-lasting adhesive. Unlike ordinary porcelain veneers, lumineers do not crack easily. They are also stain-resistant making them relatively color stable. Lumineers can maintain their luster and performance for 15 years or more.

3)      No changes made tooriginal tooth structure

Other dental applications like crowns and ordinary porcelain veneers require often extensive tooth reduction and shaping. With lumineers however, there is minimal preparation since the ultra-thin coverings bond easily to the teeth. Because no tooth reduction is done, lumineers are completely reversible. Moreover, since there is no loss of healthy enamel, the original structure of the teeth is preserved.

4)      They strengthen the teeth

Over time, tooth enamel can get worn down making teeth more vulnerable to decay, sensitivity and fractures. By adding an extra layer to the teeth, hard-wearing dental lumineers actually strengthen the teeth preventing further erosion. 

5)      Cosmetic benefits

Lumineers can be used to cover chipped, fractured or stained teeth, to correct crooked teeth, or to fill in gaps in the teeth. They improve the shape, color and alignment of the teeth, resulting in a more radiant, attractive smile.

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