In short, Lumineers are a special kind of porcelain veneer that uses advanced materials and computerized design to simplify the veneering process. You will get your veneers placed with little to no modification of your natural tooth structure, which means that there’s less risk of discomfort and the process is completely reversible.
Lumineers are a good alternative to traditional porcelain veneers for some people. The best way to know if they’re right for you is to talk to a cosmetic dentist in person. To schedule a consultation about Lumineers in Philadelphia, please call 610-272-0828 or contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell today.
Benefits of Lumineers
Lumineers are a type of porcelain veneer that shares many of the benefits of other porcelain veneers as well as a few of their own:
- Can dramatically transform your smile
- Can whiten teeth that are discolored
- Can straighten crooked teeth
- Take only two visits to place
- No need to remove natural tooth material
- Less risk of tooth sensitivity
- Highly durable
These benefits make Lumineers a great cosmetic dentistry procedure for the right candidates.
In many ways, Lumineers are more different in their technique than in their technology. Lumineers are made of a leucite-reinforced feldspathic porcelain. That’s a lot of words to say that they’re a kind of ceramic that has plastic in it to make it stronger and more flexible. It also allows them to be translucent the way natural tooth enamel is.
Lumineers are the strongest porcelain veneers available, and that allows them to be made thinner than other porcelain veneers and placed using a different technique than other porcelain veneers. With traditional porcelain veneers, some tooth material is removed to allow the placement of the veneers. In some cases, Lumineers may be placed without modifying your underlying teeth, other than a light etching to help them bond properly.
Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?
Lumineers might be right for you if:
- Your teeth are generally healthy
- You don’t have bite issues like TMJ or bruxism
- You don’t need dramatic changes in the color or shape of teeth
- Your teeth are average to small in size
As with other porcelain veneers, serious tooth decay and bite issues mean you’re not a good candidate for Lumineers. With proper treatment, though, you can still get a smile makeover.
Lumineers are best for minor changes in color and shape to your teeth. This goes along with their minimal-prep approach and the use of very thin veneers. Because Lumineers just add on to your natural teeth, without any being removed, they will make your teeth larger. That’s why they’re better for people who have teeth that are slightly smaller. If you already have largish teeth, you will likely feel that Lumineers make your teeth look too bulky.
The best way to learn if Lumineers are right for you is to talk to a cosmetic dentist in person. To schedule a consultation about Lumineers in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 or contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.