Lumineers: The Non-Invasive Smile Makeover
Lumineers are an advanced cosmetic dental treatment that have quickly become a popular alternative to porcelain veneers. Made of contact-lens-thin shields of porcelain, Lumineers are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth for a major smile transformation. Though porcelain veneers are one of the most effective and versatile cosmetic dentistry procedures available, Lumineers can do everything that veneers can do. And, most importantly, for the dental-anxious among us, they are a gentler and less-invasive treatment option.
The Application of Lumineers
The Lumineers procedure is usually completed oven two visits to your Johns Creek dentist. During the first visit, impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth. The molds are then sent to an authorized Lumineers laboratory, along with photos and other records that are necessary for creating your customized set.
During your second visit, the Lumineers will be tested over your natural teeth to confirm that shape, size, shade, and translucency are perfect. If everything looks the way it should and the fit is just right, your Lumineers will be bonded to the front of your teeth to complete your smile makeover.
There is no major drilling of natural teeth needed to be applied, and there is no significant loss of tooth enamel. A dental cleaning, light sanding, and shaping, and your teeth are ready! Your natural teeth are barely altered so that you can still work and play without having to wear temporary veneers while waiting for your new smile to be ready.
To sum it up, here are the fast facts about the Lumineers procedure:
- Require two dental visits to complete (about three weeks apart).
- Do not typically involve extensive drilling.
- No shots, no needles.
- No unsightly acrylic temporaries.
- No major removal of tooth enamel.
- Customized for each patient.
- Safe for sensitive patients.
Lumineers match the versatility of porcelain veneers in every way and can correct multiple aesthetic smile complaints. If you have any of the following issues with your teeth, they may just be the right option for your smile:
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Small teeth
- Broken teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
Remember, of course, that your mouth must be in good health to qualify for Lumineers or any cosmetic dentistry procedure. Without a strong foundation, no cosmetic upgrades or repairs will have any longevity. Your Johns Creek dentist will examine your mouth thoroughly for periodontal disease, cavities, or any other signs of infection before proceeding with any cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Lumineers vs. Other Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
The first comparison applied to Lumineers is their similarity to porcelain veneers. Both create an amazing, natural-looking smile makeover. However, if you can opt for a painless, gentle procedure, why wouldn’t you? Of course, some patients may prefer the idea of veneers, or their teeth may be of such a condition that Lumineers aren’t an option. Either solution is amazing, effective, and worth every minute spent in the chair of your Johns Creek dentist.
If you’re seeking a solution for crooked teeth, you may consider Invisalign or another type of orthodontic procedure. However, if you don’t want to wait a year or more for a new, aligned smile, and you have other aesthetic problems with your teeth, Lumineers can serve as the fast and effective option that corrects a host of complaints. You can get straight teeth without braces.
Lumineers can last up to 25 years with proper care, both at home and by visiting your Johns Creek dentist every six months. They are guaranteed for five years against problems like chipping, breakage, and separating from the tooth. Plus, Lumineers are stain-resistant and have no shade discoloration. They can even be placed over old crowns or bridgework to make a smile look more uniform and complete.
If you are complaining about the condition of your teeth, and you keep finding new problems day after day, it’s time to find out if you are a candidate for Lumineers. It’s time to balance out your smile.
Visit Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek to consider the cosmetic dentistry treatments that are an option for your concerns. Contact us to schedule your free consultation and learn more about Lumineers.