All About Lumineers and Veneers

Dentist checks woman's teethIf you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth but don’t want to go as far as having implants, veneers or Lumineers are another option to address the problem.

Veneers are placed to improve the look of the teeth if they are discolored, uneven or chipped. They can also be used to cover gaps or mottling caused by fluorosis (too much fluoride). Scott W. Grant, DMD, a cosmetic dentist in Meridian, says lumineers are a painless procedure that offers positive results.

Prior to getting veneers, the patient’s dental history will be considered, as well as X-rays and impressions of the mouth to make sure that they are suitable candidates for the procedure. If they are, local anesthetic will be applied and some of the tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneers.

Same Day Smile

Temporary veneers can be given while the dental laboratory makes up the new ones (normally after around two weeks). If same-day veneers option is selected, the veneers can be made with the help of a 4D computer program that models the patient’s teeth and jaw. The veneers will then be made in-house and given to them on the same appointment.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are an ultra-thin type of veneer by Cerinate. They work just the same as traditional veneers and can be used to cover gaps, chips and stains. The main advantage of choosing Lumineers is that little or none of the enamel must be removed prior to placement. This takes away any potential feeling of discomfort and means that it is reversible. After having standard veneers, the wearer will have to replace them with new ones every 10-20 years.

Lumineers can also be placed over any crown or bridge work the patient has. Just as with veneers, the exact shade can be chosen so if they have staining from tea, coffee or tobacco they can go several shades lighter without bleaching.

Veneers and Lumineers are a great way to cover up blemished, crooked or gappy teeth without resorting to more invasive dental surgery. New ultra-thin Lumineers transform the smile without any surgery at all.