Lumineers provide a conservative and beautiful alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. They are designed to be a no-prep solution to cosmetic dental flaws. Lumineers are customized to fit your teeth comfortably, and due to their extremely thin shape, they are able to brighten your smile while looking completely natural.
Lumineers can be used to restore the appearance of the following:
- Teeth that are misaligned
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Teeth that are chipped or cracked
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Small or misshapen teeth
- Spacing and gaps in between teeth
- Outdated dental work (old crowns, bridgework, etc.)
Thinking about adding Lumineers to your smile? There are a few things you should know before you undergo the treatment. First, Lumineers can be expected to last for twenty years or more according to clinical testing. To ensure that your Lumineers remain in good condition, we recommend that you continue to visit Dr. Wilkinson every six months for a check-up. Additionally, you will need to care for your Lumineers just as you care for your teeth: with regular brushing and frequent flossing. Finally, know that with Lumineers, you can eat and drink as you normally would. There are no restrictions when it comes to gum and sticky foods like caramel and candy, as your Lumineers will be very firmly attached to your teeth.
How It Works
After you express an interest in Lumineers, your teeth will be examined to ensure that they’re a good fit for the treatment. A precise mold will be made of your mouth and Dr. Wilkinson will select the perfect shade of white. Then, your Lumineers will be carefully constructed to create the smile you desire. These very thin, translucent pieces of porcelain will be bonded to your teeth to form a beautiful and natural smile. The process is quick and painless.
Lumineers vs. Veneers
Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers share a similar goal and process. However, Lumineers differ from veneers in their size and application. While veneers require that your teeth be shaved down to achieve a perfect fit, Lumineers can be placed directly onto your teeth—no shaving or grinding required! Because they are much thinner than veneers, they’re able to achieve a similar look without compromising your original teeth. Finally, unlike veneers, Lumineers are completely reversible. Since your teeth won’t be shaved down or adjusted in any way, if you choose to remove the Lumineers, your teeth will still be strong and intact.
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If you want a brighter, straighter smile, but you aren’t interested in braces, whitening treatments, or traditional veneers, Lumineers might be the perfect option for you. They’re strong, painless, comfortable, and completely reversible, and they can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed about. To learn more about Lumineers, please visit the company’s official website. And if you’re ready to set up an appointment to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options, give Wilkinson Dental a call at 417-708-0556. We look forward to hearing from you!