Lumineers Annapolis, MD

Dental veneers can be the perfect solution for achieving a lasting, natural-looking smile. Our dentist in Annapolis, MD, Dr. Vernon Sheen, offers several options for changing the appearance and color of your teeth, including Lumineers®. These are considered a minimal or no-prep dental veneer. We can place Lumineers on your teeth with dramatic results in just two visits to our Annapolis dentist office.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are made from ultra-thin, quality ceramic material. We will customize them to blend with your natural smile.

Lumineers are suitable to transform:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Teeth that are too short or small
  • Slightly crowded teeth

These veneers are so thin that they will require little to no tooth reduction and will still fit comfortably over your tooth. Traditional veneers are much thicker. This makes it harder for dentists to apply them.

The dentist will need to grind down your teeth to create room for the veneers. Because they have to remove some of the tooth structure, it would cause some significant discomfort and tooth sensitivity. With minimal or no prep veneers, you will experience no tooth sensitivity or discomfort after your dentist applies them.

The entire procedure is minimally invasive because they are adhesively bonded to only the front of the tooth. Dr. Sheen will work with you to achieve a new smile with Lumineers that complements your overall appearance and addresses any cosmetic concerns you have.

Lumineers Veneers in Annapolis,  MD

The Benefits of Lumineers

Minimal prep veneers can add strength to damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth. Not addressing those issues can lead to further damage and irreversible degradation. This is the only type of veneer that is completely reversible. Since traditional veneers remove some of the tooth structure, you cannot simply remove them.

If you are unhappy with your results, you can simply have them removed, and your natural tooth will be intact and strong. Lumineers are long-lasting, with clinical tests proving that they will look great for about 20 years and sometimes even longer. They are also extremely durable and stain-resistant.

One key benefit of Lumineers is how easy the process is. This type of veneer requires minimal prep, and our dentist can do it without needles, anesthetic, or discomfort. In addition, you do not need a temporary veneer when you get Lumineers. 

What to Expect: Lumineers Treatment

The Lumineers process requires two visits. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Sheen to plan your treatment. He will take note of your budget, oral health, and cosmetic goals. If he finds outstanding dental problems, including a tooth or gum infection, he will treat those first.

Then, once you are healthy, Dr. Sheen will begin treatment. The first visit in your procedure will include dental impressions and color matching. Dr. Sheen takes impressions and color-matches the teeth so that your final result is comfortable and natural-looking and will support your long-term dental health.

Dr. Sheen will send these impressions and specifications to a dental lab, where technicians create your Lumineers. When your new veneers are complete and ready for final placement, we will schedule the second appointment.

At this visit, Dr. Sheen will check the color and shape of your Lumineers. Then, he will lightly etch the surface of the teeth. This will help him securely attach the restorations. He will adjust the veneers to ensure comfort. With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, you can enjoy your new smile for many years.

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Lumineers FAQs

Learn more about Lumineers in our Annapolis, MD office with answers to these common patient questions: 

Can I use Lumineers to get a straighter smile?

If there are no concerns or bite problems associated with your crooked teeth, placing veneers can give you a straighter-looking smile.

Lumineers can cover slightly crooked or misshapen teeth. However, we do not recommend this treatment for large tooth gaps, severe misalignment, or overcrowding. Dr. Sheen will evaluate your bite and oral health before confirming that Lumineers can meet your cosmetic goals.

Are Lumineers permanent?

No, Lumineers are completely reversible. Our dentist will not need to grind down or compromise your teeth to place them. Lumineers are thinner than veneers, so they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers. Some patients may need to replace them periodically.

How long will my Lumineers last?

While good oral hygiene and regular dental care will affect the longevity of your treatment, most patients will enjoy their new smile for up to 20 years. However, you may need regular touch-ups to maintain your original Lumineers.

Are Lumineers painful?

The process is non-invasive and pain-free. Most patients report no discomfort during any part of the process, which requires no anesthesia or numbing. In addition, Lumineers do not require shaving down teeth or any adjustment to teeth. Reshaping teeth for veneers can increase the risk of pain due to exposure to the tooth’s nerves.

Get Bright, Straight Teeth

Are you looking for an alternative to porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Sheen for minimal or no-prep veneers today at (443) 482-5202. You can also schedule an appointment online.

Feel free to contact us if you have more questions or concerns about your office. We will be happy to help.