A Quick Guide to Lumineers®

Posted by Gregg L Lage DDS Dec 29, 2020

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Lumineers® is a great choice for those who are displeased with the appearance of their teeth. These ultra-thin porcelain shells fit over the teeth to hide imperfections and improve the smile’s appearance. With Lumineers, you can get an aesthetically pleasing smile without undergoing invasive procedures. Continue reading to learn more about Lumineers, how they work, and their benefits.

An overview of Lumineers

To get Lumineers, patients must have healthy teeth and gums. The dentist will treat any tooth decay or gum disease before placing Lumineers. In contrast to dental veneers, Lumineers can remain in place for a long time yet leave the tooth structure intact when it is time to remove them. These porcelain shells require only two appointments to complete. It is an effective solution for dental issues such as stained or discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, or chipped or crooked teeth.

The benefits of choosing Lumineers

Lumineers have many benefits over other similar procedures. The most significant advantage, especially for patients with dental anxiety, is that no major modification to the teeth is required for application. The porcelain shells are thin and not intrusive. Other benefits of choosing Lumineers include durability, being a quick procedure, a zero need for drilling, reversibility, and impressive aesthetics.

Lumineers are fabricated from a special type of porcelain, a material popular for its remarkable strength. Although Lumineers are thinner in size than dental veneers, they are strong and will not break or chip easily. Also, it is possible to customize the Lumineers to match the color of the natural teeth. The translucency and opaqueness of Lumineers ensure that the results of the smile restoration look completely natural.

The application process

Lumineers are easy to place over the teeth because minimal preparation and etching are needed. With regular veneers, the dentist will need to alter or drill the teeth to make room for them. Lumineers can produce remarkable results without having to administer local anesthetic, drill, or do much etching. This can reduce the time required to complete the procedure itself.

During the first visit, the dentist will take dental impressions and X-rays to check how the teeth align with each other. Patients will undergo an oral evaluation to ensure that there are no cavities or gum disease. The dentist will work with the patient to select the desired color of their Lumineers and the extent of transparency. The patient’s dental impressions will then be sent to the laboratory for production.

At the second appointment, the dentist will bond the Lumineers on the teeth. They will first etch the teeth slightly to enhance the bond. They will clean any excess bonding material present around the teeth. After fitting the Lumineers, the dentist will polish and smooth them. This will make them look natural and make it harder for stains or bacteria to adhere to the Lumineers’ surfaces. Once the process is complete, the patient will have an enhanced smile.

Final note

If you are not happy with your smile, you can discuss cosmetic options with the dentist. They can use Lumineers to mask any imperfections on your teeth.

Request an appointment here: or call Gregg L Lage DDS, PC at 303-427-4552 for an appointment in our Denver office.

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