What Are Lumineers?
By My Dentist
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smiling shouldn't be an uncomfortable sensation, but if you're dealing with noticeable cosmetic flaws in your teeth, you're likely to feel lumineershesitant to smile. It might surprise you to learn that in just one painless hour at Dr. Sanjay Patel's My Dentist office in San Bernardino, California, you can have a smile that you'll be proud to show off. Lumineers transform your smile by taking the concept of dental veneers one step further. You can learn more about them here.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers, offered by your San Bernardino dentist, are a revolutionary way to improve the quality of your smile. They are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that have been shaped, painted and shined to look just like the front surface of natural teeth. Each one is fitted onto the corresponding tooth using a bonding cement. Chipped or worn-down edges, irregular shapes or sizes, crookedness, gaps and discolorations are all easily masked by Lumineers' translucent porcelain.

What's the difference between traditional veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers are durable and attractive, just like traditional veneers. The most remarkable difference is that Lumineers are much thinner - about the width of a contact lens versus half the width of a dime. This means that your San Bernadino dentist will not have to remove of any of your tooth enamel for successful placement. Traditional veneers require about five millimeters of tooth enamel to be permanently removed in order to adhere properly. Lumineers give the wearer the same beautiful results as traditional veneers; however, they're easier to place, less expensive and completely reversible if you change your mind.

Are there limitations with Lumineers?

Lumineers are durable, but care should be taken not to bite down forcefully on hard or crunchy foods like candy or ice, and to never use the teeth as a way to open packages or remove tags. The most important thing your San Bernardino dentist wants his patients to remember is that Lumineers do not replace natural teeth, so regular dental hygiene needs to be maintained.

Ready to learn more about how Lumineers can change your smile? We're ready to talk to you! Contact My Dentist in San Bernardino, California to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjay Patel!