A healthy and attractive smile is more desirable than ever before and many of us have aspects of our smile that we aren’t happy with and would like to address. Fortunately, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help us do just that including one that can cover minor cosmetic imperfections known as Lumineers.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that comprises of unique, shell-like covers that are attached to the teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are often confused with regular, porcelain veneers and with good reason. Both of these treatments essentially work in exactly the same way – by covering the outer facing enamel of the teeth so than any imperfections are completely covered. They are also both effective at covering many other superficial cosmetic defects including tiny gaps between the teeth or adding height or shape to a tooth that is a little undersized or misshapen. However, Lumineers are their own, unique brand and the main ways in which they differ from conventional veneers are in their design and the way in which they are applied.
What makes Lumineers difference to porcelain veneers?
Firstly, Lumineers are much thinner than conventional veneers. A standard porcelain veneer normally starts at 0.5mm thick but can be made thicker should the need arise. However, Lumineers are created specifically to only be around 0.2mm in thickness. This provides patients with a distinct advantage in that the underlying tooth rarely needs any preparation before the Lumineer can be applied.
The fact that in most instances there is no preparatory work needed to fit Lumineers also has several advantages. Not only is there no need to undergo a procedure to remove some of the natural enamel of the teeth – something which is painless since anesthetic is used, but many people still find unpleasant, it also preserves the structural integrity of the tooth much better. And should you ever need your Lumineer removed, this can be done easily with your underlying tooth left untouched.
If there is no preparation needed, the process of fitting the Lumineers is also faster and easier. Each Lumineer is created specifically for an individual tooth. Once it has been created and the fit checked, we simply attach it to the tooth using technically advanced bonding agents. Once in place, it is extremely secure and adds an extra layer of protection to your normal teeth. There is no need for any pain relief since the entire process is non-invasive and patients can start to use their teeth and enjoy their smile right away.
Taking care of your Lumineers
One of the best things about Lumineers is that they are incredibly easy to take care of. You should continue to brush your teeth at least twice each day and floss daily to help keep them in excellent condition without having to worry about any special techniques. Although Lumineers do last for a long time, one of the best ways to preserve them is to make sure that you don’t use your teeth as tools as this could cause them to become damaged. Lumineers may also not be a suitable solution if you suffer from bruxism – a condition characterized by inadvertently clenching or grinding your teeth since, over time, this habit can erode or damage your Lumineers.
Although Lumineers are suitable for the majority of patients, this doesn’t automatically make them the best solution for your dental concerns. To find out if you are a good candidate for Lumineers and to see if they will help you achieve your smile transformation, please get in touch.