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If you are looking to improve a smile where your teeth are crooked or discolored, Lumineers may be a good option for you. Lumineers are a special form of porcelain veneer. They are made from a patented, unique ceramic material, designed for superior strength and color. The main difference between Lumineers and traditional veneers is that Lumineers are added directly to your tooth, unlike with traditional porcelain veneers where the surface is first prepared by removing some of the dental enamel.
Lumineers are not for everyone, but they might be for you. The best way to learn whether Lumineers can help you get the smile you want is in a personal consultation with Dr. Strader. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.
What Do Lumineers Treat?
Because Lumineers are like porcelain veneers, they can treat many of the same conditions. They can be used to treat teeth that are:
If your teeth have one or more of these conditions, Lumineers may be able to help. Veneers are a good choice when you are looking to correct multiple problems on multiple teeth. If you are just looking for whiter teeth, you should consider teeth whitening. If only one tooth needs treatment, a dental crown may be the best solution.
The Lumineers Advantage
The main advantage of Lumineers is that they are easy to apply. Your teeth don’t have to be prepared by removing any enamel–the Lumineers are simply bonded to the front of the teeth. This generally means they can be done more quickly in terms of how much time you spend in the dental chair. Lumineers can also be done for cheaper than traditional veneers.
Drawbacks of Lumineers
Lumineers’ strength is also their chief weakness. Because they are applied directly to your teeth, they have the effect of building up your teeth. In some cases, this can make your smile look toothy and overlarge. Another problem with adding veneers to the surface of your teeth is that it creates a ledge where the tooth surface steps up to the veneer. This ledge can allow for food and bacteria accumulation, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. The ledge effect can be avoided if the Lumineers are properly placed, but not everyone is a good match for the treatment.
You can learn more about Lumineers on our Lumineers Questions page.
During your consultation with Dr. Strader, he will discuss all your options. You can see case studies of patients with both treatments, and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each one in your case. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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