Premier Dental Care offers Lumineers® to patients in the Lancaster and Palmdale, CA areas. Discolored, chipped, or crooked teeth can be treated with Lumineers. For this solution, teeth are then moderately etched to prepare for placement and then bonded one by one.
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that look and feel like natural teeth. They are made of thin shells that are custom-fit to your specifications. Our cosmetic dentists in Palmdale, CA are trained in the art of cosmetic dentistry.
Treatment with Lumineers
Before treatment, Dr. Karim Naguib will examine your teeth and review your goals and budget to determine if Lumineers are right for you. Unlike porcelain veneers, no tooth structure is prepped or removed.
Preparing the teeth before treatment creates room for the veneers to fit comfortably. He will take and send an impression of your teeth to a ceramist, who will fabricate the veneers in a dental lab. After they are complete, the Lumineers will be adjusted and secured to teeth for a permanent restoration.
there are many benefits to using Lumineers for cosmetic reasons. Here are just a few.
- Lumineers can brighten teeth: Stained, yellowed, darkened, and discolored teeth are common problems that can be solved with Lumineers. Lumineers provide a long-lasting bright and natural look.
- They can restore chipped teeth: Lumineers cover chipped teeth to provide a smooth and uniform look.
- Lumineers can close gaps between teeth: Spacing problems and gaps between teeth are solved with treatment using Lumineers. They eliminate excess space while keeping your original teeth intact.
- Lumineers can align crooked teeth: Lumineers can be a quick alternative to braces and other orthodontic treatments.
- They can reshape teeth: When placed over natural teeth, Lumineers can change the shape and appearance of teeth.
- They can renew old dental work: Lumineers can be placed on dental crowns or bridgework for a brighter and more uniform result.
How Are Lumineers Different Than Veneers?
Lumineers and porcelain veneers are often compared because they’re used to accomplish the same things. The biggest difference is that the material for Lumineers is much thinner. Because of this, tooth material doesn’t have to be removed before the Lumineers are placed.
This makes them reversible while veneers are more permanent. You’re always going to need a cover over a tooth that’s had some of the enamel removed.
Because they’re thinner, Lumineers can also be more comfortable for you. They’re easier to put on and you don’t have the need for any anesthetic before the procedure. They look natural too. They’re more translucent and capture the light as normal teeth would.
Even though Lumineers are thinner, that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise durability. They can last up to around twenty years. While they’re usually more expensive than porcelain veneers, the costs have come down and have become comparable to other cosmetic dentistry options.
What can’t you eat with Lumineers?
With Lumineers patients should avoid eating hard or chewy foods. These include popcorn, ice, raw fruit, chewy meat, and chewy candies.
Patients should also avoid foods that are likely to stain such as berries, tomatoes, wine, coffee, soda, etc. If you have questions about diet restrictions with Lumineers, ask your dentist.
How long do dental Lumineers last?
In most cases, Lumineers last between 10-20 years depending on their material, placement, and the patient’s oral care. They are still vulnerable to damage, so they may not last as long if you do not follow instructions and recommendations.
Can Lumineers get stained?
Lumineers are highly resistant to staining, however, that does not mean that they cannot become stained. Lumineers are a perfect choice for aesthetics and durability when replacing or repairing minor cosmetic issues.
What are the disadvantages of Lumineers?
Lumineers tend to be slightly less effective than veneers because they are more translucent. They also tend to last slightly less than veneers, but they are a cheaper alternative to restore your smile. Call our office to schedule a consultation today and we can discuss all of your options.
Do Lumineers damage gums?
Lumineers do not cause damage to your teeth. Contrary to popular belief, your dentist does not remove enamel in order to place Lumineers.
Do your teeth rot under Lumineers?
Your dentist attaches Lumineers to teeth so that there is no space in between the tooth surface and the Lumineers. Patients should not experience any cavities or tooth decay unless their dentist did not properly attach and bond the Lumineers to their teeth.
Request a dental appointment today. Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our Palmdale, CA dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online.