The Lumineers Advantage
- March 11, 2014
Not all Hollywood stars were born with perfect teeth. You’d be surprised at the number of celebrities who have had some dental work done. Veneers are the go-to cosmetic procedure, where thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of the tooth to change its appearance completely. Veneers can cover anything from tobacco stains to cracks. They can even close gaps between teeth and make you look years younger.
Veneers are great, but they do require enamel removal to make room for the veneer. The amount of enamel removed is usually the same as the thickness of the veneer. If you want a red-carpet smile but hate the thought of cutting down perfectly healthy teeth, a type of veneer called Dental Lumineers may be the right choice.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers, about the width of a contact lens. Unlike regular veneers, Lumineers can be bonded to the tooth without significant enamel etching, drilling, or anesthetic. The procedure is quick and painless. If you also decide to have the Lumineers removed in the future, your natural teeth will stay intact. Best of all, you can have a beautiful, brand new smile in just two appointments. Here are the advantages of this procedure:
• Long-term solution to teeth imperfections (can last more than 20 years)
• No injections, drilling, or pain
• No tooth sensitivity
• Can be placed in just two visits
• Natural and healthy-looking
• Reversible procedure
There is one requirement for people getting Lumineers: your teeth, gums and bone must be healthy. Problems like tooth decay and gum disease must be treated first before Lumineers can be applied. For best results, restorations and teeth whitening must also be performed before veneer application.
If you would like to learn more about Lumineers, schedule a consultation with Columbia dentist Dr. Forbes. Call 803-272-4162 or make an appointment online.