Beautiful smile and perfectly aligned teeth are confidence boosters. Thanks to the advancement in cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve both. In fact, you can achieve that desirable “Hollywood smile” and correct your dental flaws with cosmetic procedures.
When it comes to broken, chipped, or discolored teeth, many people opt for dental veneers. Veneers are one of the most versatile options in cosmetic dentistry. Today, we have more durable and natural-looking dental veneers, i.e., Lumineers teeth. With these innovative veneers, you can flaunt a beautiful smile with confidence.
What are Lumineers teeth?
For over 15 years, patients have been receiving Lumineers to correct their dental flaws and improve their smiles. Perhaps you do not know that many celebrities have improved their smile with Lumineers.
Lumineers are an innovative twist to traditional porcelain dental veneers. A veneer is a wafer-thin shell that fits over your tooth and hides imperfections, such as chips and discoloration. Veneers help to conceal the over-exposed gum, which makes your smile gummy.
Unlike traditional veneers, these modern dental veneers have a natural look, which makes them less noticeable. Lumineers are the newer version of porcelain veneers. The designing and creation of these ultra-thin dental veneers take place in specialized dental labs with state-of-the-art restoration techniques. Lumineers not only improve your smile but also help to correct several orthodontic issues.
Whether you have worn-down, chipped, widely spaced, or uneven teeth, the dentist can seamlessly place Lumineers over your teeth to give you a bright smile. In addition, if you have mild to moderately misaligned teeth, Lumineers are an inexpensive and convenient alternative to braces.
Lumineers teeth – the seamless procedure
Placement of veneers for teeth reshaping gives chills to patients with dental anxiety. However, the procedure for placing Lumineers is painless. It does not only fix the crack or chip, but the translucent material also whitens your teeth. The ultra-thin Lumineers do not need “room for placement”; therefore, the dentist does not grind down your tooth.
In most cases, the process involves only two visits to the dentist. On your first appointment, your certified Lumineers dentist examines the condition of the teeth and decides which cosmetic procedure is best for you. Once the dentist makes the decision, he makes the impressions of your existing teeth. You can choose the tooth color for your veneers.
Before your second appointment, the dentist sends the mold to a dental lab for your Lumineers. On your second visit, your dentist applies the Lumineers over your teeth. The process is quick and seamless. Moreover, it does not damage your tooth enamel or natural tooth structure, so you will not experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. By the time you leave the dental office, you will have a white, clear, and bright smile.
Durability and cost of lumineers
When it comes to durability, Lumineers are the number one dental veneers for your teeth. They are resistant to wear. You can drink or eat whatever you want, including your favorite chewing gum, without the fear of worn-down veneers. With healthy oral hygiene practice and proper care, Lumineers can last for 20 years or even longer.
Lumineers and traditional veneers have more or less the same cost. While the traditional veneers can cost you anywhere between $500 and $1,900 per tooth, the cost of Lumineers runs between $800 and $2000.
The cost of dental veneers depends on the case difficulty, location of the dental office, and how many veneers you are getting at one time. It is important to know that dental insurance plans do not cover veneers or Lumineers, as they are cosmetic procedures.
Veneers vs. Lumineers
While Lumineers were introduced in 2004, many people tend to get confused between traditional dental veneers and Lumineers. Well, both cosmetic procedures help you to improve your smile, but they are not the same.
Since traditional dental veneers are thicker, they require aggressive removal of some of your tooth surface. Lumineers are thin as compared to porcelain veneers; they are approximately 0.2mm in diameter, just like contact lenses. The ultra-thin Lumineers require little to no tooth reduction.
Placement of veneers is an extensive cosmetic procedure that requires frequent shots and anesthesia to alleviate the pain and sensitivity. In contrast, for the placement of Lumineers, you only have to sit in the dentist’s chair twice.
During dental veneers procedures, for a natural appearance, the dentist removes about 5mm from the tooth’s surface. After removing the enamel, the tooth remains unprotected until the dentist places the veneer. The removal of enamel concerns many patients. Lumineers are not as invasive as porcelain veneers and do not damage the tooth enamel.
The removal of tooth enamel means that you need to cover the tooth with veneers. You cannot leave the tooth uncovered; therefore, veneers are irreversible. Unlike veneers, the ultra-thin Lumineers do not damage the tooth surface. Therefore, you can get the Lumineers removed when you want – they are reversible.
- Drink and eat whatever you want, but make sure to brush your teeth regularly.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
- It is better to avoid highly-pigmented food and beverages
- Avoid smoking as it may stain your Lumineers
- Comply with bi-annual dental visits for a checkup and routine dental cleanings.
- Contact a qualified dentist for the procedure
Lumineers procedure is seamless and quick. However, if you choose a dentist who does not know how to install the Lumineers correctly, then you may have to deal with pain and discomfort.
It is important to choose a qualified dentist who has the skills, training, and experience to prepare and place Lumineers correctly. You can contact Toronto dentist for the application of Lumineers to your teeth. Within two visits, the dentist will help you achieve a durable bright smile while keeping your natural teeth intact.
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