What are Dental Lumineers?
Lumineers are one of the newest procedures in cosmetic dentistry. They are similar to veneers, but are much thinner. They are seamlessly applied over the teeth and help create a more natural looking smile.
How are Lumineers Different from Veneers?
Lumineers are extremely thin, about 0.2 mm. They are also translucent so they replicate the appearance of the natural enamel. Veneers are significantly thicker which means they require the original tooth structure to be ground down before they can be applied. Lumineers, with their thin construction do not require tooth reduction. They are also more resilient than veneers and can last over 20 years in most cases.
Is it painful to get Lumineers?
Since Lumineers are so thin, they do not require a tooth to be ground down before application. After they are applied to the teeth, there is not usually any sensitivity or discomfort at all. This gives the patient a natural feel from the time they are in place.
What is the procedure like?
It will take two visits to finish the Lumineers procedure. The first visit, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth and determine the right shade for the Lumineers. The mold will be sent to a dental lab and used to make custom Lumineers. Once the dentist receives these back from the lab, you will have a second visit for them to be applied to your teeth.
Can Lumineers be removed?
Unlike veneers, Lumineers are totally reversible. This is because the teeth do not have to be reshaped, and there is no grinding involved in the process. Since the natural teeth remain intact and strong, Lumineers can be removed.
Are Lumineers a new treatment?
Lumineers have been used in cosmetic dentistry for over 30 years. However, over the last few years they have been improved upon greatly.