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What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a fast, no-prep dental veneer solution that allows patients to completely change their smile in just a short amount of time. Every Lumineers veneer is designed to recreate a brand new smile that is bonded onto your natural teeth. Choosing to have Lumineers can correct things like:

•           Gaps between your teeth

•           The appearance of crooked teeth

•           Stains, discolorations, or yellow teeth

•           Short or thin teeth

Your new Lumineers are shaped and colored to your own specifications as designed between you and your dentist. Your smile can be as white as you want it to be, and you’ll never have to worry about a dingy, crooked smile ever again.

After your consultation, an impression will be made of your teeth and sent off to Lumineers laboratories where your customized aesthetic veneers will be made. Within 2 weeks, your veneers are ready to be permanently bonded to your teeth. The bonding appointment is very short and requires absolutely no tooth preparation, allowing the Lumineers to bond directly with your healthy enamel. Unlike other types of veneers that require enamel preparation or alteration, Lumineers are completely reversible!

Deciding to have Lumineers is a very easy decision. Their slim profile makes them one of the only non-invasive types of cosmetic dental care available, preserving your own tooth structure. Ask your Alpharetta cosmetic dentist about Lumineers! You’ll feel a boost of self-confidence and enjoy feeling more comfortable around your peers and family members. Stop hiding your smile in pictures, and get Lumineers today!

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



Types of Dental Veneers

So, you and your Alpharetta cosmetic dentist have decided on veneers as the best way to improve your smile. But before you go ahead with the procedure, there is one more decision you must make. You must decide what type of veneer you’d like: porcelain, composite or Lumineers.

Essentially, veneers are tooth shaped covers that are applied directly to the teeth to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Invented in the 1980s, they initially were very expensive and used mainly by actors and others wanting to improve their public image. Gradually, however, all that changed and veneers are now widely available through dentists and cosmetic dentists.

They are available in three main types:

Composite: Composite veneers are made of resin and require the dentist remove less of the tooth’s surface than other types of veneers. Composite veneers are usually cheaper than others, but don’t last as long, due to chipping and discoloration. At best, they last about eight years.

Porcelain: Porcelain veneers are made of a thin, almost translucent, layer of porcelain, and reflect light as well as natural teeth. They last longer than resin veneers, but require that the dentist remove some of the tooth’s surface so they can be applied. Porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years, if cared for properly, and are very durable.

Lumineers: Lumineers is actually a brand name of porcelain veneer invented at the turn of the century by Dr. Goodman. Lumineers are thinner than traditional porcelain types, so there is less prep time and require little or no shaving of the tooth’s surface. Lumineers also have a very long life.

The type of veneer you ultimately get largely rests on your individual goals and the existing condition of your teeth. Also, cosmetic dentistry is an art form, so results can differ dramatically from dentist to dentist. It’s always best to shop around carefully, and seek referrals.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts


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