What Are Lumineers?
Are you looking for a comfortable, easy way to upgrade your smile? Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 may have the solution you need to meet your cosmetic goals. Lumineers are a special type of veneer procedure that does not typically involve any tooth preparation or local anesthetics. Often regarded as the gold standard in dental veneers, Lumineers are incredibly thin restorations that are custom-designed to cover individual teeth in the front of the mouth that could use cosmetic enhancement. Each restoration measures in at around 0.2mm, which is similar to the thickness of a contact lens. Made of high-grade porcelain material, Lumineers offer a translucency that resembles that of natural tooth structure and are thinner than conventional porcelain veneers. Thanks to their minimal preparation procedure and superior aesthetic qualities, Lumineers may be an excellent choice for masking smile flaws, like chipped, stained, or uneven teeth. To learn if this option is suited for your cosmetic goals, schedule a visit with a general dentist at our Houston, TX dental facility.
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Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?
Similar to porcelain veneers, Lumineers are custom made to fit over teeth in the smile zone and effectively mask several types of cosmetic flaws on the teeth. These highly aesthetic restorations are revered for their natural look of translucency, incredibly thin, and do not usually require the need for reduction of tooth enamel to place. To create a balanced and even smile, we will typically recommend placing Lumineers across the smile line or in pairs on teeth that are healthy enough to support these restorations. The gums tissues should also be free from inflammation, and your bite should be even (when the upper and lower teeth meeting in a proper way) to keep from resulting in damage to your future Lumineers. This option may not be ideal if you tend to clench or grind your teeth. Lumineers are often called "instant orthodontics" for their ability to transform the appearance of slightly crooked or crowded teeth into a straight, balanced smile result. However, this treatment does not result in actual tooth movement. Significant cases of tooth misalignment or overbites may be good cases for orthodontic treatment rather than Lumineers at this time.
Lumineers may be a great option for enhancing and brightening the look of your smile if you have teeth that are:
- Slightly spaced or crooked
- Misshapen or abnormally short
- Discolored or stained
- Uneven or chipped
How Do Lumineers Work?
Lumineers are a two-visit process that results in a whiter, straighter, and more youthful-looking smile. Most patients find this custom, minimal prep procedure to be easy and comfortable. Since these restorations need little to no preparation of the enamel to place, the process is noninvasive and does not require the need for local anesthetics. During the first visit, impressions of your teeth will be taken so that our special Lumineers lab can craft your custom veneer restorations with great accuracy. Our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team will design the shape, size, and length of each veneer and help you choose the ideal color for your new smile.
Since we likely will not need to prepare your teeth to receive Lumineers, you will not need to wear temporary restorations. About a week or two after your first visit, we will schedule you to come back to have your Lumineers attached to your teeth with a high-tech bonding solution. We will take precautions to ensure that your Lumineers fit comfortably and evenly within your arch while minimizing the impact to the underlying teeth and provide instructions on the best way to care for your new smile.
How Can I Care for My Lumineers?
Once placed on your teeth, Lumineers offer immediate cosmetic results and generally do not carry any recovery time since there is little need for tooth preparation. Though durable and attached to your teeth with a strong bonding material, it is best to avoid biting on fingernails, ice, pens, or any other hard objects to prevent chipping and breaking of your Lumineers. The material of these high-quality restorations is naturally stain-resistant, but brushing and flossing after eating or drinking items that may stain the teeth can help keep your new smile looking bright and white. Lumineers should be cared for at home just like natural teeth and as an effective solution for cosmetic enhancement, may serve your smile for up to 20 years. When you visit Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 for your routine dental cleanings and exams, we will examine your Lumineers and inform you if any repairs need to be made as time goes on.
Are Lumineers Covered by Dental Insurance?
Our team are pleased to bring the most advanced solutions to the smiles of our patients. Though Lumineers are an effective option, they are considered cosmetic and may not be covered by dental insurance. We will review your treatment costs with you before starting your procedure and can help you find a viable solution for covering the cost of your smile treatment. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 takes several convenient payment solutions and can provide information on low-interest financing for Lumineers.
Rejuvenate the look of your smile with an effective, highly cosmetic solution. Lumineers are a noninvasive, virtually no-prep restoration that transforms the look of dull, chipped, or misshapen teeth into a straighter, whiter smile. Using advanced artistic skill and technique, our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team designs Lumineers to the ideal shape, size, length, and color to create unique and exceptional smile results. To learn if Lumineers are a great option for your cosmetic desires, contact our Houston, TX practice and schedule your consultation with us.