What are lumineers?
The lumineer is a thin porcelain veneer that is placed over the front surfaces of teeth. Typically, lumineers are used to address cosmetic issues such as staining, discoloration, cracks, or gaps between teeth.
The lumineer does not require extensive prepping, so patients do not need to worry about having their teeth drilled down. One great benefit of the lumineer is that the teeth do not need to be prepared, so the procedure involves no discomfort or pain.
What are the benefits of lumineers?
No grinding down of healthy tooth structure
Unlike traditional veneers, lumineers don’t require the grinding down of healthy tooth structure. Instead, lumineers require the removal of just a thin amount of natural tooth structure or no preparation at all. Because of this, lumineers preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
lumineers are a no-prep veneer, which means that no shots are needed. lumineers also require no painful or uncomfortable removal of tooth structure. There is no pain with lumineers, no shots, no drilling, and no pain.
Little to no sensitivity
Patients are often worried about pain when getting any type of dental work. However, lumineers have little to no sensitivity.
Lumineers are stain-resistant, which means that you’ll be able to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about staining the material. Because these dental veneers are so thin, you won’t have any dietary restrictions.
Are lumineers right for me?
lumineers are an excellent solution for patients who want cosmetic improvement but do not want their teeth to feel bulky.
Lumineers are bonded to the front of your teeth to cover cosmetic flaws. Your cosmetic dentist will lightly buff the surface of your teeth so that the lumineer can be bonded properly.
What is the procedure that involves getting a lumineer?
During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for lumineers. If your teeth are healthy, your dentist will design your smile with digital imaging technology.
If you decide to move forward with treatment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. Then, they will take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will be sent to our dental lab, where your custom lumineers will be created.
When your lumineers are ready, you will return to your dentist’s office to have your treatment completed. Your dentist will permanently bond the lumineers to your teeth, and your new smile will be complete!
How long do lumineers last?
Lumineers can last between 20 and 30 years. As with any dental product, the longevity of your lumineers depends on your dental hygiene habits. For example, if you grind or clench your teeth, you can cause your lumineers to chip or crack. However, if your lumineers are worn and damaged, your dentist can repair them.
Request an appointment with Dr. An at San Francisco, CA, for further assistance with dental lumineers today!