What Are Lumineers?
As the gold standard in veneer procedures, Lumineers transform the smile instantly for a beautiful and highly aesthetic result. Our cosmetic dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental have advanced training in the Lumineers process and perform this cosmetic procedure to easily hide a range of smile imperfections. Lumineers require little to no preparation of the teeth and are extremely thin shells of high-grade porcelain, measuring the thickness of a contact lens (about 0.2mm). Though Lumineers are very similar to traditional porcelain veneers, they are thinner and do not typically require any removal of tooth enamel to place. Choosing Lumineers for your smile offers a long-term durability. Let our dentists help you determine if Lumineers are the best choice for meeting your cosmetic goals. Schedule a treatment consultation at our state-of-the-art Sugar Land, TX practice today.
Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?
Lumineers are custom, minimal-prep veneers that are great for hiding a number of cosmetic imperfections that show when you smile. These ultra-thin porcelain veneers are typically placed on the teeth in pairs or across the smile line and may be a top smile makeover option if you would like to upgrade your smile and give your self-confidence a boost. Visiting our skilled cosmetic team for a treatment consultation can help you learn more about your smile transformation options and whether Lumineers are the right choice for you. For these ultra-thin porcelain veneers to work best, the underlying tooth structure and surrounding gum tissues should be in good health. Your bite (the way in which your upper and lower teeth meet) should also be in good alignment to avoid causing damage to your future Lumineers, which may not be ideal if you grind your teeth at night. Though Lumineers are frequently referred to as "instant orthodontics," this cosmetic treatment does not actually move the teeth. This option is great for hiding slightly crooked or gapped teeth, but more advanced cases of overbites or tooth misalignment may be better served with orthodontic treatment.
Lumineers may be ideal for masking the following smile concerns:
- Chipped teeth or uneven biting edges
- Slightly crooked or gapped teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Short or misshapen teeth
How Do Lumineers Work?
Receiving Lumineers is an easy process that delivers instant smile transformation. As a noninvasive process, Lumineers typically require little or no preparation of the teeth. Our dentists can often place Lumineers without needing to reduce the enamel structure or numb treatment areas. Patients generally find receiving these ultra-thin veneers to be quite comfortable. To begin the procedure, we will take impressions of your teeth and send these off to our partner Lumineers dental lab for them to be created.
Our dentists are very skilled in designing the best shape, size, and length of Lumineers to deliver a natural yet highly aesthetic end result for the smile. We will also assist you in choosing the color of your cosmetic restorations to suit your expectations. Having Lumineers made for your teeth does not require that you wear temporary restorations since you will not likely need any tooth preparation. The Lumineers fabrication process takes about 1 – 2 weeks, after which we will schedule you to come back to the office so that we can bond your new veneers permanently in place. Our dentists take special care to make certain your new restorations fit comfortably and properly while keeping the supporting tooth structure intact.
How Can I Care for My Lumineers?
Since we generally will not need to remove any tooth structure to place your Lumineers, the procedure requires no recovery time. As soon as your beautiful new veneers are attached to your teeth, you can begin to enjoy your smile results. Lumineers are held in place with a high-tech bonding solution. They are durable and stain-resistant, allowing you to drink or eat what you like. However, we urge you to avoid biting down or chewing on pens, ice, fingernails, and other hard objects to preserve the integrity of your Lumineers. You can care for your new restorations just like you do your teeth with daily flossing and brushing and routine visits to our practice for cleanings and exams. During your appointments, we will be sure to check your Lumineers to make sure they are still in good shape and let you know if any adjustments or repairs should be made over time. When cared for in the best possible way, Lumineers can last for up to 20 years.
Are Lumineers Covered by Dental Insurance?
Lumineers are cosmetic treatment procedures and are generally not covered by dental insurance plans. Before getting started, our team will present your treatment costs and can also provide information on flexible patient financing options. Made Ya Smile Dental also accepts a range of convenient payment options and will customize your unique treatment plan to help you reach your goals. Our business team can also work with you to find a comfortable financial solution and help you get the treatment you want for your smile.
What is the difference between veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers and veneers are similar in that they help improve small imperfections on the teeth, including stains, chips, and cracks. Veneers require the teeth to be ground down slightly in order to place the veneers. Lumineers, on the other hand, are placed directly over the teeth so the natural enamel of your teeth is preserved.
Can I whiten my Lumineers?
After Lumineers are placed, the color cannot change. This includes the use of both professional teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening kits. When getting Lumineers for your teeth, our Sugar Land, TX doctors suggest that you use teeth whitening products prior to having them placed as they will be created to match the current shade of your teeth.
Will my teeth decay under my Lumineers?
Your teeth should remain healthy under your Lumineers as long as you maintain your proper dental hygiene habits (brushing twice daily and flossing).
Refresh your appearance and give your smile a dramatic boost with custom Lumineers. These ultra-thin restorations require minimal preparation and can provide instant smile results. Our dentists use their artistic skill and advanced expertise to design the ideal shape, size, and shade of your Lumineers to personalize your end results. Get in touch with Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX today and make your appointment to begin your smile transformation.
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Can Lumineers® Become Stained?
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