If stained, chipped, or uneven teeth are making you hesitant to show off your smile, Lumineers offer an excellent solution. At Surf City Dental, we recommend this cosmetic dental procedure for patients who want to make minor improvements to their smile without the extensive preparation and application required with traditional veneers. The result is a beautiful grin that looks and feels authentic, is durable, and fully functional!
But, before we jump into the benefits of Lumineers, exactly what are they? Simply put, they’re a type of tooth covering that is used to correct small imperfections for a more uniform, brighter grin. Lumineers are typically laminate or porcelain. At Surf City Dental, we use patented Cerinate® porcelain Lumineers, which are more durable and stain resistant than laminate varieties.
Traditional porcelain veneers cover imperfections in your teeth as well, however, they are often thicker and far more complicated to attach than Lumineers. Both techniques have their advantages, but Lumineers offer several benefits their more traditional counterparts don’t. In the rest of this article, we’ll take a closer look at the many reasons Lumineers might be the right choice to leave you beaming!
Why Choose Lumineers?
There are lots of reasons why we suggest this procedure to Surf City Dental patients looking to perfect their smile! The following are some of the top reasons our patients choose Lumineers:
Minimal damage to tooth structure
One of the most appealing aspects of Lumineers is the fact that they can be applied without needing to shave or grind teeth down. That means your natural tooth structure stays intact, allowing the Lumineers to be easily removed in the future, if needed. Unlike veneers, this type of covering can also be placed over existing crowns and bridgework without requiring that the original dental work be replaced.
Natural look and feel
The Lumineers we use at Surf City Dental are as thin as a contact lens, meaning you’ll barely know they’re there! You’ll be able to chew, smile, and speak like normal once they are applied. In addition, since the Lumineers are so thin, they retain the original structure of your teeth, leaving you with the characteristics that make your grin unique, minus the imperfections you’d rather leave behind.
Quick and painless application
Lumineers can be affixed in two to three appointments with your Surf City Dental team, putting you on the fast track to a dazzling smile! Furthermore, since there is minimal physical work done to the structure of your teeth, it’s a pain-free procedure and there’s often no need for anesthetics and numbing shots throughout the process.
Lumineers also require less preparation before they’re applied. With traditional veneers, patients’ teeth are prepared by grinding down the surface of the tooth so that the veneer can fit over top. Then, they must wear a temporary veneer while the permanent set is being created, which can take up to a month.
Lumineers, on the other hand, are a “no-prep” solution. While your dentist will still take an impression of your mouth to ensure your Lumineers fit your pearly whites perfectly, there’s no need for the extensive prep necessary with veneers.
Finally, Lumineers are flexible and easy to apply, but also hold up very well over time. In fact, the patented Cerinate® porcelain Lumineers used at Surf City Dental are clinically proven to last up to 20 years or more! This type of tooth covering is also more resistant to microleakage than their traditional partners, veneers.
If it sounds like there are a lot of reasons to consider Lumineers for a better smile – there are! This cosmetic dental procedure can help you look your best and feel more confident, making them a great option for many of our patients.
However, even with their laundry list of benefits, they may not be an option – or at least not the right option – for every person. Your Surf City Dental team is happy to review your dental goals and the pros and cons associated with Lumineers to determine if this cosmetic procedure is a good choice for you. Call our office at (910) 329-0298 or contact us online to learn more!