Friday, August 1, 2014

Questions to ask your dentist


When you're planning for a procedure, you want to know as much as you can beforehand. This is true for any medical or dental issue: if you're better informed and you understand the condition and its treatment, you can partner more effectively with your practitioner to ensure you get an excellent outcome. However, it can be hard to figure out what questions you should ask. If you have a tooth problem and veneers are a recommended solution, here are some things to find out in advance of a Lumineers® placement.
  • What are the differences between the kinds of tooth veneers? Veneers are made from different materials, and each of them has its advantages. Because Lumineers are thin without sacrificing strength, they are different from other kinds of veneers. Ask your dentist to show you what the differences are in the preparation, the placement procedures, and the veneers themselves.
  • Would Lumineers be a good solution to my dental problem? There is no substitute for a recommendation from a dentist — dental health is a personal issue, and the advice of a trusted professional is the most important thing when you're making decisions about it. Talk about the options that you have to treat your issue, and ask whether Lumineers would fit the bill.
  • What happens during the Lumineers procedure? While every case is customized to the patient, in general, placing Lumineers involves very little preparation work on your teeth, which can lead to reduced time in the dentist’s chair and less pain.
  • How much experience do you have with Lumineers? Experience can be one good predictor of the outcome of a procedure. If a dentist has done a technique many times before, and has extensive recent practice, it's more likely that you'll be delighted with the results. If your dentist is a certified Lumineers dentist, you can be sure that he or she has plenty of experience fitting and placing them. As we said, all cases are unique, and we'd like to encourage you to get a professional opinion. If you haven't already talked to one, please use our online locator to find a Lumineers Dentist near you. It'll be your first step to a radiant smile!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Compare Lumineers to other porcelain veneers

Porcelain and ceramics are materials dentists have been using for more than 200 years. They are stable and they can be made to look like natural teeth. But traditional porcelain is fragile, and if a relatively small amount of pressure is applied, it can crack easily. Decades of development in the dental ceramics field have led up to Lumineers, made of a porcelain-based material that is more reliable and stronger than what came before.

Lumineers are typically made of a type of ceramic, Cerinate, that's not available anywhere else. With Cerinate, particles of leucite, a mineral found in volcanic rock, are mixed into the ceramic base. Lumineers are the only type of leucite-reinforced veneer to use the unique Cerinate formulation. Because of its strength, Cerinate can be shaped into super-thin veneers without increasing the likelihood of breakage.

Traditional porcelain veneers are thicker than Lumineers. This means that if they were to be placed on the teeth without any preparation work, they would be raised up compared to the surrounding teeth. The normal solution with traditional veneers is to grind away tooth enamel, making the tooth itself thinner so the porcelain veneer's surface can sit flush with the teeth next to it. With Lumineers, however, there is typically no need for such prep work. The Lumineers veneers can be as thin as a contact lens, so the dentist usually does not need to remove any of the tooth surface.

Because traditional porcelain veneers are thicker, they are also more opaque than Lumineers, so it's harder to get a good match with the color of the surrounding teeth. Lumineers' thinness means they are very translucent, helping them match the natural color of your teeth.

Are you curious about what makes Lumineers different? Please get in touch with a  certified Lumineers dentists to find out more!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

How to choose a Lumineers dentist near me

If you are considering Lumineers veneers to get you the smile you’ve always wanted, your next step is to find a certified Lumineers dentist in your area. We say “certified” for a reason. Many dentists place veneers, but only a certified Lumineers dentist has been personally trained by experts in the Lumineers technique.

Every year, we hand select and train dentists who dedicate themselves to our ultra-thin veneer technique, and we include the most skilled in our dentist locator.

Once you find a certified Lumineers dentist, you’ll know that they excel in the skills needed to give you a brilliant Lumineers smile. Of course, you will want to make sure for yourself that you and your dentist are the right fit. So we've put together a few suggestions to keep in mind as you select a Lumineers dentist.


What To Look For When Choosing A Dentist


Skill — Although the Lumineers process is considered "no-prep," because there is less removal of healthy tooth structure, placement still requires proficiency. You want to make sure that the dentist you choose is trained specifically for the Lumineers procedure, and has proven that he or she has the needed skills.

Experience — The more practice you get at something, the better you'll be at it. A Lumineers Dentist has extensive practice at fitting and placing Lumineers, Find out how many years the dentist has been working with Lumineers.

Reputation — Another good possible source of references is a trusted dental professional. If your dentist does not place Lumineers, he or she may have a trusted colleague in mind to whom they can refer you.

Relationship — There's no substitute for trust. Next time you visit your dentist, find out if they have experience with Lumineers. If your trusted dental professional is a Lumineers dentist, this can be the best situation of all.

There are more Lumineers dental specialists each month. If you'd like to find one nearby, just use the dentist locator, and you'll be on your way to a more dazzling smile!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Preparing your teeth for veneers

So you've decided to take action to improve your smile. You've chosen veneers, because they're the right solution for you. Now you may be wondering: what's in store for your teeth? What are veneers like, what do they do, and what will you have to do to prepare for them?

What Ultra-Thin Veneers Mean For You


Lumineers are a revolutionary type of veneer. They are so thin, they mimic the natural surface of a tooth, and they are so durable we think you’ll find them the clear choice to rejuvenate your smile.

Veneers are generally made from two materials: composite (synthetic resin) or porcelain. Of the two, porcelain veneers are generally much stronger, and the porcelain that Lumineers use is very, very strong. In fact, it's so strong that it can be shaped to an ultra-thin width and still last over twenty years. Lumineers are often 0.2–0.3 millimeters thick, or less than 1/64 of an inch — in other words, as thin as a contact lens.

The “No-Prep” Veneer


What’s the advantage of such a thin veneer? In many cases, it allows the dentist to apply the Lumineers veneers without first re-shaping the tooth. In other veneer procedures, dentists must usually grind away the surface of the tooth before placing the veneer. They need to make room for the thickness of the veneer.

But with Lumineers, the veneer can be made so thin that this step is often unnecessary. In fact, the procedure is so smooth that it's often called "no-prep" veneering technique.

The Lumineers difference begins with the design, continues through fabrication, and lasts for years of delightful, radiant smiles. If you'd like to improve your own smile, get in touch with a Lumineers dentist!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Veneers for tooth problems


It's a fact: things happen that leave their mark on our teeth. When we get dissatisfied with the appearance of our teeth, many of us take action - after all, a winning smile is the first thing someone sees about you! But sometimes, temporary solutions - home whitening treatments, toothpastes, and the like - aren't up to the job. Sometimes, they aren't even the right tool to address the problem.
A popular and effective solution to tooth problems such as misalignment and surface-level damage are veneers. Veneers are a thin layer of material, usually porcelain, that bonds to the surface of your teeth, making your smile straighter and giving it a more uniform color, while potentially strengthening and protecting your teeth at the same time.
There are several reasons patients often seek veneers for tooth problems. The primary reason is usually cosmetic, but veneers may be used as a complement to the treatment of other conditions. Here are some of the tooth problems that often cause patients to seek veneers:
  • Small teeth, with gaps in between. Veneers can make the surface of each tooth appear broader, so the patient has a more proportionate smile
  • Crooked teeth, when orthodontic treatment is not the optimal solution. Veneers can go over the front-facing tooth surface to create an even appearance
  • Worn, uneven-appearing teeth. Veneers can rejuvenate your smile by evening out the appearance of your teeth
  • Fractured, discolored, or otherwise damaged teeth. Veneers bond with the tooth itself to shield the surface and provide a beautiful appearance

Not All Veneers Are Made the Same. You Deserve the Best, So Accept No Imitations.

Lumineers is the top patient-requested veneers system in the world and a very popular solution to many common tooth problems, including the ones above. Unlike traditional veneers, which are rather thick and often require an aggressive and irreversible removal of healthy tooth structure, Lumineers is about as thin as a contact lens and is placed using a minimally-invasive technique that keeps more of your tooth structure in place.
With proprietary technology and more than 30 years of experience, Lumineers’ ultra-thin, super-durable dental veneers enable patients to let their beautiful smiles shine through. If you're interested in learning more, send us an email or ask your dentist if he or she is a Lumineers dentist!

Preparing your teeth for veneers

So you've decided to take action to improve your smile. You've chosen veneers, because they're the right solution for you. Now you may be wondering: what's in store for your teeth? What are veneers like, what do they do, and what will you have to do to prepare for them?

What Ultra-Thin Veneers Mean For You

Lumineers are a revolutionary type of veneer. They are so thin, they mimic the natural surface of a tooth, and they are so durable we think you’ll find them the clear choice to rejuvenate your smile.
Veneers are generally made from two materials: composite (synthetic resin) or porcelain. Of the two, porcelain veneers are generally much stronger, and the porcelain that Lumineers use is very, very strong. In fact, it's so strong that it can be shaped to an ultra-thin width and still last over twenty years. Lumineers are often 0.2–0.3 millimeters thick, or less than 1/64 of an inch - in other words, as thin as a contact lens.

The “No-Prep” Veneer

What’s the advantage of such a thin veneer? In many cases, it allows the dentist to apply the Lumineers veneers without first re-shaping the tooth. In other veneer procedures, dentists must usually grind away the surface of the tooth before placing the veneer. They need to make room for the thickness of the veneer.
But with Lumineers, the veneer can be made so thin that this step is often unnecessary. In fact, the procedure is so smooth that it's often called "no-prep" veneering technique.
The Lumineers difference begins with the design, continues through fabrication, and lasts for years of delightful, radiant smiles. If you'd like to improve your own smile, get in touch with a Lumineers dentist with the form at the top of this page!

How to choose a Lumineers dentist near me

If you are considering Lumineers veneers to get you the smile you’ve always wanted, your next step is to find a certified Lumineers dentist in your area. We say “certified” for a reason. Many dentists place veneers, but only a certified Lumineers dentist has been personally trained by experts in the Lumineers technique.
Every year, we train dentists who dedicate themselves to our ultra-thin veneer technique and include them in our dentist locator.
Once you find a certified Lumineers dentist, you’ll know that they excel in the skills needed to give you a brilliant Lumineers smile. Of course, you will want to make sure for yourself that you and your dentist are the right fit. We've put together a few suggestions to keep in mind as you select a Lumineers dentist.

What To Look For When Choosing A Dentist

  • Skill - Although the Lumineers process is considered "no-prep," because there is less removal of healthy tooth structure, placement still requires proficiency. You want to make sure that the dentist you choose is trained specifically for the Lumineers procedure, and has proven that he or she has the needed skills. Experience - The more practice you get at something, the better you'll be at it. A certified Lumineers dentist has extensive practice at fitting and placing Lumineers, Find out how many years the dentist has been working with Lumineers, and ask to see pictures of their previous Lumineers placements.
  • Reputation - Another good possible source of references is a trusted dental professional. If your dentist does not place Lumineers, he or she may have a trusted colleague in mind to whom they can refer you.
  • Relationship - There's no substitute for trust. Next time you visit your dentist, find out if they have experience with Lumineers. If your trusted dental professional is a certified Lumineers dentist, this can be the best situation of all.
More certified Lumineers dental specialists are trained each month. If you'd like to find one nearby, just use the handy locator device at the top of this web page, and you'll be on your way to a more dazzling smile!