As their name implies, dental veneers are thin shells of material that resembles tooth enamel that are formed to fit over your natural teeth and cemented in place. Sometimes called tooth caps, veneers have a long history as a way to improve the quality of smiles.
Though veneers address several problems with tooth appearance, they can also help protect and strengthen teeth damaged by chipping or other minor damage that doesn’t require a full crown. Conventional veneers typically require some removal of your natural tooth enamel to make room for the thickness of the veneer itself.
Lumineers® brand veneers are about half the thickness of conventional veneers, meaning that there’s typically no need for tooth modification or temporary veneers during the Lumineers® process. Instead of the usual three-appointment process that often accompanies regular veneers, Lumineers® are fitted in two visits to Dr. Mandel’s office.
Lumineers® are about two-tenths of a millimeter thick, so the ultrathin, translucent shells are about half the thickness of ordinary veneers. Typically, a tooth receiving a veneer must be ground down to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. Lumineers® don’t require grinding, only a moderate etching to help the cement bond the veneer to the tooth.
Because of this, Lumineers® are reversible, which means they can be removed at a later date since there’s no damage to the structure of your tooth. Despite their ultrathin construction, with proper care Lumineers® may last as long as regular porcelain crowns, up to 20 years in some cases.
The shape and proportion of your teeth may not be even. You may have gaps that you’d like filled, and of course, who wouldn’t want a whiter smile? Lumineers® can address all of these issues and even correct minor alignment issues. The veneers can also bolster worn teeth and correct some bite misalignments, making Lumineers® far more than a simple cosmetic treatment to whiten your smile.
Lumineers® may also be suitable if you have old dental work that needs renewing. Lumineers® can cap crowns and bridges that have seen better days, a great cosmetic alternative for dental work that’s still structurally sound.
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