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Not Ready to Commit to Veneers? Try Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Like many other people, you may find yourself hiding your teeth behind your a closed-lipped smile.

Are you ashamed of your teeth? Have you ever wished you could just cover them up?

With the help of dental veneers, you can do just that. Veneers are commonly made of porcelain and they slip right over your front teeth to create a new look.

But, getting veneers is quite the commitment. Your tooth enamel has to be adjusted and prepared so it can fit a new porcelain “glove” without making your teeth feel bulky. If your veneers pop off or get damaged, you’ll have to get them replaced.

Fortunately, Lumineers® is a brand of no-prep veneers that typically eliminates the need for:

  • Numbing shots
  • Enamel prepping and reshaping
  • Temporary veneers

Your Certified Lumineers® Dentist will simply take a mold of your teeth as they are and send it off to a Lumineers® lab. You’ll get back a complete set of all the veneers you need at the same time. After using just a dab of bonding agent on your teeth, your dentist will place your finished restorations. That’s it!

Lumineers® can get away with such little work because they are ultra-thin. They’re so lightweight that you’ll hardly notice them on your teeth. When your dentist places your Lumineers®, they will be carefully adjusted so that they can’t easily chip off.

The best part about Lumineers®? Even though they’ll give you a killer smile in an instant, you can have them removed anytime you wish to go back to your original smile without needing to replace them with something else.

To find out whether Lumineers® are right for you, schedule a smile consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park Slope Dental Arts
506 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 962-0300


Lumineers Offer Long-Term, Reversible Results

Posted in Veneers

Deciding to get dental veneers is a big decision. It gives you an entirely new smile for life. For people who want a new smile but don’t want the lifetime commitment of traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers offer a great alternative. Lumineers do everything a traditional veneer does, but with the option of a non-invasive process that doesn’t alter your natural teeth.

Sometimes called “no-prep” veneers, Lumineers are completed using a different type of approach from porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers the teeth are altered in shape and size, with the veneer cemented on top of it. Lumineers do not require tooth reshaping; the surface is only lightly conditioned to enhance the bonding of the Lumineers veneer with the porous tooth enamel.

Should you ever have a Lumineers veneer come off or want to have them removed, each one can be taken off without the need for a secondary cosmetic treatment. Traditional veneers must be replaced if they are removed, because of the altered tooth structure that is exposed. If for any reason you decide you no longer want your Lumineers, taking them off is a simple process.

Lumineers are slightly transparent and thin enough that they create a natural appearance after being bonded over your real tooth. This prevents them from feeling bulky or looking artificial.

Having your Lumineers treatment is even simpler! All that is needed is an impression of your mouth and a discussion with your dentist about what aspects of your smile you would like to change. In just two weeks, your personalized Lumineers are ready to be bonded into place. Are you ready for a new smile? Ask your dentist if Lumineers are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401


What Types of Dental Veneers are Available?

Posted in Veneers

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures today is the installation of porcelain dental veneers, which are used to correct a number of appearance issues.  In general, veneers are used to correct the appearance of teeth that are chipped; misaligned or badly stained, veneers are very cost effective and painless solution.  In addition, they are long lasting and one of the most affordable of all of the cosmetic dentistry procedures.

There are two types of dental veneers currently on the market.  The first type is the traditional veneer, which is requires the teeth to be prepped before the veneer is fabricated and installed.  This veneer requires the surface of the tooth to be ground down slightly to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  An impression is then taken of the patient’s mouth and a dental lab makes the veneers.  While waiting for the permanent veneers, the dentist will provide temporary veneers.  In most cases the prep work is painless, however a local anesthetic will be used if necessary.  At least two visits to the dentist are required with traditional veneers.

The second type of veneer is a very thin veneer sold under the trade name Lumineers®, which is unique in that there is no prep work required on the teeth that the veneer is being installed on.  The dentist simply makes adjustments to the veneer using a variety of dental tools until the fit is perfect.   Then the veneer is cemented into place.  Lumineers® are installed in a single visit to the dentist!

Both types of veneers are highly effective and an experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to make the appropriate recommendation based upon the patient’s needs, budget and the dentist’s experience.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



No Prep Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Traditional dental veneers are non-reversible and can be very invasive to your natural tooth enamel. Lumineers offers a non-invasive alternative to traditional dental veneers; one that is pain-free and can transform your entire smile in just a couple of short visits. Best of all, they can be removed at any time without affecting your healthy tooth underneath. There are no shots, drills or painful procedures needed when you choose to have a smile-makeover with Lumineers.

Dentists use Lumineers to correct the appearance of teeth that are:

  • Chipped
  • Broken
  • Gapped
  • Discolored
  • Crooked
  • Uneven

…And more

Lumineers are made to function and last as long as 20 years, so that you won’t have to be concerned about them. The ultra-thin, natural appearance is placed right over your existing tooth to recreate a smile that looks and feels natural, white, straight and beautiful. Because they’re so thin, the transparency of the material creates the illusion that they are natural tooth enamel. They’re comfortable and feel as if they were normal teeth.

The treatment process involves an initial visit with your dentist to discuss what you would like to change about your current smile, dental impressions, then selecting the shape and color of your Lumineers. This information along with your impressions are sent to a Lumineers laboratory where your customized no-prep veneers are made. Once finished, you return for your second appointment with your dentist to have the Lumineers tried on and then bonded to your teeth. This visit is relatively short and completely comfortable. When the application is finished, you can walk out of the office with the beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of having.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center



Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

If you are looking to restore your smile to what it once was, or create a whole new look, veneers might be a good option. Basically, dental porcelain veneers are a thin coverings that are placed over the existing tooth to hide cracks, chips or discoloration. Veneers are custom made to match the color of the teeth around them so they look as natural as possible. 

There are two types of veneers: 

Porcelain Veneers –  Traditional porcelain veneers have been around since the 1930s, when they were created as a way to hide imperfections in the smiles of movie actors. They were a temporary and often unreliable solution back then, but methods and materials have greatly improved since. 

Modern porcelain veneers are ideal for patients with severely cracked teeth, overcrowded teeth or teeth with big gaps between them. With this type of covering, some of the tooth enamel is removed so that the veneer can be applied seamlessly overtop. 

Cons – Porcelain veneers are irreversible, meaning that once the tooth enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced. Also, removing enamel can cause pain and increase the risk of nerve exposure. 

Lumineers – Lumineers is a trademark name for an alternate type of porcelain veneer that is thinner and requires less preparation than traditional porcelain veneers. Lumineers are ideal for less prominent cracking and discoloration problems. The biggest difference between Lumineers and porcelain veneers is that Lumineers require no grinding down of the enamel and a lot less preparation.

Cons – Since Lumineers are very thin, discoloration of the original tooth may show through. In this case, some sort of block may be needed to prevent the darker color from showing through. 

If you’re considering veneers to improve your smile, ask a cosmetic dentist or trusted dentist for a consultation. Veneers are long lasting and fairly costly – between $600 and $2,200 per procedure – so it’s always best to have the best possible information before moving forward.


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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