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 veneersSo 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 YouLumineers 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” VeneerWhat’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 meIf 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.