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®.
Considered a minimal or no prep dental veneer, Lumineers can be placed on your teeth with dramatic results in just two visits to our Annapolis dentist office. Lumineers are suitable to transform teeth that are:
- Discolored or stained
- Chipped or cracked
- Worn down
- Too short or small
- Slightly Crowded
- Worn down
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are made from ultra-thin, quality ceramic material that is customized to blend with your natural smile. They 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 and that made applying them much more difficult.
The tooth would need to be ground down to create room for the veneers. Because some of the tooth structure was removed, this would cause significant discomfort and tooth sensitivity. With minimal or no prep veneers, you will experience no tooth sensitivity or discomfort after they are applied.
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.
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.
In the event that you are unhappy with your results, you can simply have them removed and your natural tooth will be intact and strong. They are long-lasting with clinical tests proving that they will look great for about 20 years and sometimes even longer. Lumineers are also extremely durable and stain resistant.
The Lumineers process requires two visits to complete. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Sheen to plan your treatment. One of the key benefits of the Lumineers process is the ease of each step- with minimal prep, your new smile is achieved without the need for needles, anesthetic or discomfort.
The first visit in your procedure will include dental impressions and color matching so that your final result is comfortable, natural looking and will support your long term dental health.
The second visit is scheduled when your new veneers are complete and ready for final placement. Dr. Sheen will lightly etch the surface of the teeth so that the veneers can be securely attached. Your veneers will be adjusted to ensure your bite is comfortable. With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, you can enjoy your new smile for many years.
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Can I use Lumineers to get a straighter smile?
If there are no concerns or bite problems associated with your crooked teeth, the placement of veneers can give you a straighter looking smile. Dr. Sheen will evaluate your bite and overall oral health before confirming that Lumineers can meet your cosmetic goals.
Are Lumineers permanent?
No, Lumineers are completely reversible. Your natural teeth are not ground down or compromised during placement. Lumineers are thinner than veneers, so they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers. Some patients may need to periodically replace them.
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. 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 and require no anesthesia or numbing. The process does not require shaving down your teeth, or any adjustment to teeth.