If you’re looking to improve your smile in a painless, preparation-free manner, Lumineers may just be the treatment for you. They are one of the easiest and safest ways to get a beautiful, bright and younger-looking smile without having any shots, pain or loss of original tooth enamel.
At your consultation with the surgeon, you will be evaluated as to whether the procedure is suitable for you. There are several factors such as your medical history and current health status that are very important. While discussing your issues, it’s important that you have realistic expectations of what lumineers are and what they can do. The consultation with the dentist will enable you to come to an informed decision.
Lumineers are ultra-thin porcelain laminates that are directly bonded on to the surface of your teeth. They are one of the best and safest ways to getting a better, brighter smile without having to undergo extensive dental tooth preparation or down filling. Sometimes referred to as ‘no-prep’ veneers, lumineer treatment can be reversed or removed at any time. Good candidates for the treatment include those whose teeth are stained, misshapen, too small, have small gaps between them or just unsightly. The results are amazingly beautiful and can last up to 20 years.
Lumineers are made to fit directly over your existing teeth without having to file down or remove enamel from the original tooth surface. They are contact-lens-thin porcelain shells that are not in any way harmful to your teeth. To make them, you will need 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the dentist will take impressions and make a mold of your teeth. The mold is then sent off to the dental laboratory, which will then prepare a set of new teeth veneers. On the second visit (after just a few days), the preparation will be tested and fitted to your smile. Once the color and shape are matched, the final veneers will be fixed and the treatment is complete. The fixing process may take up to 2 hours.
In comparison to conventional veneers, lumineers are thinner and are directly bonded to the surface of the tooth without having to prepare or grind down the original tooth. Because they are thinner, they are more translucent than traditional veneers, which can give them a very natural-looking appearance.
It may be possible to replace an old veneer with a new lumineer. This really depends on the condition of the original tooth after the old veneer is removed. You will be able to discuss this with the dentist at the consultation.
Yes, in some cases lumineers can be used as an alternative to having braces. However, the teeth must not be outside a limit of very crooked or misaligned teeth. After a certain point, orthodontic braces are the more optimal solution. Similarly, minor gaps or aesthetically unpleasing teeth can be corrected with lumineers. Consultation with the dentist will determine which solution is best for you.
When placing lumineers on the teeth, the color and opaqueness need to be carefully considered. For example, with heavily stained or discolored teeth, more opaque porcelain may be used which results in the teeth looking less translucent and less natural. This is only an issue if you are looking for a very natural look. A second issue is bulkiness. Since the veneers are ‘no-prep’, they ultimately will add mass and size to your original teeth. This may be a problem for some and not a problem for others. You will be able to discuss this with your dentist at the consultation and then better make an informed decision.
Just like normal teeth, your lumineers won’t need any special methods for cleaning. You can use your regular toothbrush, low-abrasion toothpaste, and dental floss. Proper care and good oral hygiene will ensure that they will last a long time. Beyond this, we recommend you regularly visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. The material that is used to make the porcelain shell does not stain easily, but consuming high amounts of coffee or red wine can cause them to stain over time. The cement that is used, on the other hand, is sensitive to staining, so keeping good oral hygiene is important.
With proper placement and a dentist specially trained to attach lumineers, it is unlikely that they will fall off. However, if fluid gets trapped between the tooth and the porcelain during the fixation process, the lumineer may drop off within the first 2 months. The porcelain and the cement bonding material is strong, but not stronger than your own teeth. You must take proper care to keep damage from happening. We recommend avoiding hard foods or candies, teeth grinding, nail-biting and pen-chewing. Lumineers can also break or be chipped from accidents.