Lumineers™ have gained popularity in recent years due to their unique qualities. These specially-made veneers differ from regular veneers mainly in method of placement, and the amount of preparation needed for successful placement.
Like conventional veneers, Lumineers™ cover the entire front surface of each tooth. This means that any imperfections you may have can be hidden and improved by Lumineers™. Chipped, misaligned, gapped, cracked and even discolored teeth can benefit from veneers.
Lumineers™ vs. dental veneers
Dental veneers and Lumineers™ share many similarities, but also differ in some important ways.
What are they?
Lumineers™ are a special kind of dental veneer. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made from porcelain (or composite resin), meant to be bonded directly to the front surfaces of the teeth in order to improve their appearance.
However, Lumineers™ are an improvement from the traditional veneers. For one, Lumineers™ are much thinner than conventional veneers. The way they are fabricated in the lab is different, and this advanced process allows the lab technicians to create veneers that are ultra-thin.
While traditional dental veneers can be made from either porcelain or a composite resin (plastic) material, Lumineers™ are only made from high-quality porcelain.
What is the procedure like?
It usually takes about two weeks for both veneers and Lumineers™ to be created in the lab. Each shell is made from an exact molding of the teeth. But with veneers, there is an extra step involved.
Since Lumineers™ are so thin, they do not require any preparation of the teeth before placement. If regular veneers were to be placed directly onto the tooth without removing enamel first, they would appear bulky. Before taking an impression of the mouth to make the veneers, the dentist will first remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth. Many patients choose Lumineers™ for the fact that the natural teeth go unharmed.
Lumineers™ provide the same appearance, function and durability as dental veneers. Lumineers™ are also quicker and easier to apply, as the teeth do not need to be prepared beforehand.
How long do they last?
Dental veneers are designed to be sturdy and last for 15 years or more before needing replacement. Lumineers™, by contrast, can last 20 years or longer with proper care. Although thinner than regular veneers, Lumineers™ are just as durable, if not more so.
Caring for your Lumineers™
Care instructions for dental veneers and Lumineers™ are quite similar. Patients with veneers of any kind can mostly treat them like natural teeth, with a few exceptions.
Keep up with dental health to maintain Lumineers™ for as long as possible. This means daily brushing and flossing, frequent dental cleanings, avoiding foods that stain the teeth and being careful about what you bite into. Just like a natural tooth, Lumineers™ can still break if they come in contact with hard objects. Chewing on ice, pencils and other hard things can damage your Lumineers, so be cautious and treat them right if you want them to last.
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