Have you ever seen a celebrity and wished you had teeth like theirs? You may have even done some research into celeb smiles and discovered that many of them are created with porcelain veneers. And then you Google veneers and discover that this treatment might be more invasive than you’re comfortable with. So, what now? Luckily for the patients who want a veneer-caliber smile without the actual treatment, there are minimally invasive Lumineers.
What Are Lumineers?
To get a new smile, you must alter what’s already there. The amount of alteration needed, however, varies. Your comfort level will affect which procedures are viable options too. For those who want the look of veneers without the shaving away of tooth enamel, Lumineers are the answer.
Lumineers can do the heavy lifting of porcelain veneers without the invasiveness. This cosmetic dentistry treatment conceals everything you dislike about your smile in a painless procedure that doesn’t require drilling, injections, or major alteration of your natural teeth. Made of super-thin, super-strong porcelain, Lumineers are even thinner than traditional veneers, one of the main reasons your tooth enamel can go untouched as part of the preparation.
How Lumineers Are Applied
For the patients who have dental anxiety, any procedure can be difficult to undergo, even if it’s a voluntary cosmetic dentistry treatment. Lumineers, though, will really be an easy journey. It usually takes only two visits to your Red Bank dentist to get this smile makeover. Here’s what you can expect:
- Prep: Even though tooth enamel does not need to be removed for Lumineers, teeth still need to be prepped. This typically involves a teeth cleaning and maybe a light sanding of the teeth to remove any surface bumps or imperfections that could show through the porcelain.
- Design: You and your dentist will discuss every facet of your Lumineers, from color to size, shape to length, selecting the options that will be most flattering and complementary for you. The Cerinate porcelain of Lumineers is easy to adjust for color and choosing the right shade of white is critical to designing a natural-looking smile makeover.
- Creation: Your dentist will send an impression of your teeth to the dental lab, along with all the details of your unique Lumineer design, so they can be customized just for your smile. This step usually takes a few weeks to complete.
- Application: When your Lumineers are ready, your dentist will test them out on your teeth and review all the characteristics to make sure they look just right before permanently bonding them in place.
The Benefits of a Lumineers Smile Makeover
Any smile makeover is a boon to your appearance and self-esteem. People who were self-conscious about their smiles are incredibly confident in how they look once those Lumineers are in place covering up every chip, crack, misalignment, stain, or unsightly tooth. With Lumineers, you feel better about yourself and are confident about speaking up and smiling more often because you know your teeth are attractive.
Lumineers look, feel, and work just like natural teeth. If you want to change your smile without permanently altering your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Carole Sherrod Jewell at Red Bank Dentistry to find out if you are a good candidate for Lumineers.