Dental veneers can address a number of cosmetic issues. Whether teeth are chipped, cracked, discolored, disproportionate, misaligned, or unevenly spaced, veneers can conceal these imperfections and complement your entire smile. However, traditional veneers require the removal of enamel from the entire front surface of a tooth. Lumineers®, a variety of veneers offered by Drs. Dr. Pramod Thomas, Wilner Loiseau, and Melliza George, are exceptionally thin veneers that can require little or no alteration. When you visit our Richardson, TX, practice, we can help determine which type of veneer is right for you.
Advantages of Lumineers
Lumineers offer several benefits that other types of dental veneers cannot:
- They are exceptionally thin. Dental veneers cover the front surfaces of teeth. The thicker the veneers, the more enamel the dentist must remove to ensure a natural-looking, attractive fit. Lumineers are approximately 0.30 millimeters thick, while traditional veneers are about 0.50 mm. In fact, dentists often do not need to remove any tooth enamel prior to Lumineers placement.
- They have lifelike translucence. Tooth enamel has a natural translucence that makes teeth reflect light in a certain way. Lumineers capture this quality to look virtually indistinguishable from natural dental tissue.
- They are strong. Leucite-reinforced ceramics are used to construct Lumineers. This material offers exceptional strength that allows Lumineers to last 20 years or longer.
- They are reversible. Because traditional veneers require alteration of the tooth, this means the tooth will always require some kind of restoration. Lumineers, on the other hand, can be removed without having to be replaced.
Lumineers to last 20 years or longer.
Candidacy for Lumineers
Our doctors carefully evaluate each patient to determine his or her candidacy for Lumineers. In general, patients must have a few fundamental smile and health characteristics in order to qualify for Lumimeers:
- No existing dental health problems: Issues such as gum disease and tooth decay must be treated prior to placement of Lumineers.
- Smile imperfections correctable by Lumineers: Not all smile imperfections can be corrected by Lumineers. In some cases, thicker dental veneers or another cosmetic dentistry service is a better choice.
- Patient compliance: Patients who receive Lumineers should be willing to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Lumineers can become stained, discolored, cracked, chipped, and dislodged without proper care.
Once it has been confirmed that you can receive veneers, you should anticipate making two visits to our office to have them placed.
During the first visit, the dentist will take detailed impressions and measurements of the teeth requiring Lumineers. Additionally, the patient and dentist will choose the correct shade for the Lumineers to match the rest of the smile. This precise data will be sent to a special laboratory to produce each individual Lumineer.
At the second appointment, the dentist will test each Lumineer before bonding it in place using a special adhesive. Once bonded, the Lumineers will be polished and shined to maximize their brilliance and translucence.
Lumineers for Gorgeous, Winning Smiles
Want to learn more about how Lumineers can give you your best smile? Contact us online or call us at (972) 238-7233 to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists. We can help you decide if this treatment is right for you, and explain financing options such as CareCredit® and LendingClub.