Lumineers are a type of dental veneer made of ultra-thin, stain-resistant porcelain that mimics natural tooth enamel. They're a popular alternative to other types of veneers and crowns because of their cosmetic appeal and their minimal-preparation process.
Patients can receive them without extensive tooth preparation through just two appointments with your dentist. This means less pain, recovery time, and inconvenience for the patient.
The process for receiving a Lumineer is similar to the process of getting traditional porcelain veneers. The dentist prepares the patient's teeth by removing a thin layer of the front-facing surface of the teeth to make room for the Lumineers. After that, the dentist makes impressions of the teeth and sends them to the laboratory for fabrication of the final Lumineers. Once the dental office receives the finished product, the dentist cements the Lumineers onto the prepared teeth.
The process typically takes two visits to complete. Over the course of the first appointment, the dentist removes a thin layer of the front of the patient's teeth and takes a mold of the teeth to send to the lab where the Lumineers are fabricated. During the second appointment, the dentist places the newly-restored Lumineers into place on the teeth of the patient.
Your dentist can determine whether you'd be a good candidate for Lumineers during an exam and consultation appointment. You should be in good general health before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure. Yet, if you are missing a significant amount of teeth or if your remaining teeth are in poor condition, you may not be an ideal candidate for Lumineers. Talk to your dentist to learn more about your candidacy for this procedure.
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are ultra-thin. They don't require any shaving down of the teeth or change in their shape. In fact, they can be removed at any time by a dentist without any harm to the teeth underneath. Because there's less preparation needed, the process tends to be quicker and more comfortable for most patients.
The porcelain used in Lumineers is nearly as strong and durable as natural tooth enamel. And with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist's office, they can last for many years before needing to be replaced. This also makes them a good long-term solution for patients who want to straighten their teeth without committing to years of braces.
To learn more about Lumineers, you can get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us, and we'll guide you further. Call (516) 336-4902 to book an appointment at our Hicksville office and (516) 756-0111 for the Farmingdale office.