I recently spoke to you about veneers, focusing on porcelain veneers. Many patients are curious about Lumineers as an alternative to porcelain veneers, so today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about them.
How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
Lumineers is a trade name that refers to an ultra-thin, highly translucent material that replicates the natural appearance of enamel. Traditional veneers are much thicker and require grinding of your original tooth structure. The ultra-thin material used in Lumineers means that little or no adjustment to the original tooth is necessary. With proper care and oral hygiene, Lumineers will last for as long as 20 years.
Is it painful to have Lumineers applied?
Lumineers are a pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because of the ultra-thin material, most patients will get a perfect fit with no alteration necessary. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity. Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed.
Will Lumineers eliminate the need for braces?
In many cases, yes! Your Dallas Cosmetic Dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Lumineers can reshape the appearance of your teeth, making them look more even.
What’s involved with a Lumineers procedure?
On the first visit, we create a precise mold. Then we’ll discuss the shade of white that suits you best. The mold is then used to create your own custom fit set of Lumineers. During your second visit to our Dallas, TX Dental Office, your Lumineers are painlessly applied without shots or drilling of sensitive tooth structure.
Can my Lumineers be removed?
Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong, and now your smile is bright and beautiful!
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both fairly recent developments in Cosmetic Dentistry, and many patients come to me asking for information about both applications. Either will provide an attractive and durable alternative to chipped or discolored teeth, but both have their own distinct properties. Today I'd like to explain the benefits of using porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers look like your own teeth
To start with, porcelain veneers are very natural looking. Also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement.
Since porcelain veneers are glass-like in nature they have a unique advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques because they are a translucent material. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface by Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist, it will closely mimic the light handling characteristics of dental enamel. This translucent quality provides one of the great advantages of using porcelain veneers – their surface creates a natural-looking, bright smile. In fact, porcelain veneers are so natural-looking that they are virtually undetectable, and most people won’t realize that you’ve had any type of cosmetic procedure at all.
Veneers made of porcelain are stain resistant
Your natural teeth can become worn and pitted with age, creating microscopic spaces for stain-producing foods like red wine and caffeine to cling to. This staining builds up over time and can create a dull-looking smile. Porcelain veneers have the benefit of being highly stain-resistant because of their smooth, glass-like finish. This means you will be able to continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without the worry of staining. The process takes only a few visits, and once your porcelain veneers are applied by the Dallas, TX Smile Studio you will be delighted with your beautiful, bright new smile.
One of my long-time patients, Kelly, came in for her routine exam. During the exam, Kelly mentioned to me that she was about to re-enter the job market after years of being a “domestic engineer”, as she cheerfully referred to it. Kelly’s teeth were in generally good condition, but she was self-conscious about her smile because of chipped front teeth. When I asked why she had never addressed this with me before, she laughed and said, “Dr. Lin, I’m not a millionaire!” It occurred to me that lots of people share Kelly’s belief that Cosmetic Dentistry is only for movie stars and celebrities. So I told Kelly that, with the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry there was no reason to think that a beautiful, dazzling smile was beyond her reach
The fact is that, with modern treatments offered by the Dallas, TX Smile Studio, it is now possible to not only maintain your smile for good oral health, but also to improve your overall appearance and boost your confidence. Using subtle and largely non-invasive procedures, cosmetic dentistry helps your teeth fit together better, creating a whiter, even, beautiful smile. Procedures include veneers, or, as my office make available, Lumineers™, teeth whitening or bleaching, and Bioliners to help rearrange the fit and harmony of your teeth.
Bioliners straightens your teeth invisibly, and whitening and bleaching techniques create a natural, but noticeably brighter smile. Teeth whitening and veneers offer a virtually pain free, effective option for maximum results and can effectively reverse the damage done by caffeine and tobacco. Chipped, stained, and crooked teeth make excellent candidates for veneers or Lumineers™, which fit over your natural teeth reshaping and brighten the tooth by covering it with an artificial surface.
Beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry, chipped or misaligned teeth can contribute to problems with your bite, creating additional problems down the road. In short, modern cosmetic dentistry offers you the chance to maximize the health and vitality of your mouth, A few short years ago, a visit to the dentist’s office was an experience to be endured. Today Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Office can help Kelly and you transform your teeth into your greatest asset.
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