An Intro To Lumineers

Are you looking for a way to get a brighter, more pleasing smile? Lumineers may be the right option. Keep reading to learn more about how they work.

What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are thin, translucent porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They are traditionally used to improve the appearance of stained, discolored, or chipped teeth. IN some cases they can also help improve the appearance of crooked teeth and correct spacing issues between teeth.

What is the difference between Lumineers and Veneers?
Lumineers and Veneers are very similar, but they aren’t exactly the same. Lumineers and normal veneers are both thin shells that are bonded to the exterior of your teeth, but lumineers are not opaque so they don’t completely hide the underlying tooth.

Lumineers and Veneers also differ in the way they are placed. When veneers are bonded to your teeth, it is often necessary to remove a very small portion of your enamel. In some cases, you’ll also need to wear temporary veneers while the real ones are being created.

Lumineers, on the other hand, do not require your teeth to be altered. None of your enamel needs to be removed, the procedure is faster, and you won’t have to wear temporary Lumineers while you wait for the normal ones. The permanent Lumineers are bonded to your teeth in a minimally invasive way.

lumineers mclean vaAre Lumineers right for you?
If you’re looking for a long term way to improve your smile, Lumineers may be a good option, but they aren’t always the perfect solution.

The following people should consider an alternative to Lumineers:

  • People who need orthodontic correction. Lumineers solve cosmetic issues, but they don’t alter the placement or structure of the underlying tooth.
  • People who need complete coverage of the original tooth. Lumineers are translucent, so they won’t completely hide the tooth underneath. If you need to completely cover the tooth, Veneers may be the better option.

Lumineers are a good option for the following people:

  • Those who’d like to make cracks in their teeth less noticeable.
  • People who’d like to hide discoloration and stains.
  • People who aren’t comfortable with having part of their enamel removed.
  • People who don’t want to wear temporary veneers while the long term ones are being prepared.

If you’d like to learn more about Lumineers, schedule an appointment at Galleria Dental Aesthetics.

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