Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?
Lumineers® was developed as an advanced version of regular porcelain veneers. For the right person, Lumineers can be a quick and effective way to transform the smile’s appearance. Continue reading to know if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Overview of Lumineers
Regular porcelain veneers often involve removing the enamel layer of the teeth to make room for the veneers. The veneer procedure is irreversible, considering that the alteration to the teeth is permanent and the veneers need to be changed if deterioration or damage occurs.
In contrast, Lumineers are created as high-quality thin porcelain shells. Due to the special design, the dentist can apply Lumineers over the teeth without preparing the teeth. This allows quick and easy placement without using numbing agents or anesthetics.
Who can get Lumineers?
Lumineers are versatile in the sense that they can be a solution to multiple dental issues. Since the shells go over the teeth’ surface, they mask different imperfections, including stains or discoloration, broken teeth, chips, cracks, gaps and minor misalignments. Lumineers can alter the shape and size of the teeth to make the dentition look even.
Lumineers are certainly on the table for those who want to change cosmetic imperfections in their smile. However, before the dentist can recommend the procedure, they will first ensure the patient fits some of the following requirements:
Good oral health – Lumineers do not replace the natural teeth; they only cover them. The natural teeth provide structural support of the Lumineers. That said, any untreated decay or cavities will not heal automatically under the cosmetic restoration. Patients who have cavities on their teeth need to get them resolved before receiving Lumineers.
A well-aligned smile – Lumineers and veneers are often called “instant orthodontics,” however, they only correct minor cosmetic problems. They are not effective for jaw alignment problems like overbites and underbites. A misaligned bite can affect the attachment of the Lumineers or cause damage. It is better to undergo regular orthodontic treatment to correct such issues.
No teeth grinding – also called bruxism, teeth grinding is a chronic issue that can damage the natural teeth and compromise the structure of the Lumineers. Since Lumineers are thin, they are more prone to damages due to teeth grinding. Patients who grind their teeth need to discuss with the dentist about getting a mouthguard to manage the condition; else, another treatment might be recommended.
Talk to the dentist about Lumineers
The best way to know if you qualify for Lumineers is to visit the dentist for a complete dental examination. The dental professional will examine the current state of your smile, including the bite and color. The goal is to ensure the outcome looks appealing and natural.
Booking an appointment for a consultation and evaluation will provide you essential information about the process, including the benefits, drawbacks and costs before getting Lumineers. Regardless of the nature of the cosmetic issue, there is always an option available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
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