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!