Lumineers FAQs

Lumineers FAQs

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a type of porcelain veneer, which can be used to cosmetically enhance your teeth and smile by correcting discoloration, misalignment, chips, and stains on the teeth. Lumineers can be placed on top of the natural tooth or existing veneers and/or bridgework to extend their lifespan and enhance their appearance.

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What issues can Lumineers correct?

Lumineers can brighten the teeth without the need for harsh bleaching chemicals. They can be used to provide the appearance of better tooth alignment. Lumineers are very effective in covering chips and cracks in the teeth. By consulting a skilled and experienced dental practice, like Luxury Dentistry NYC, you can be assured that you’ll enjoy a more beautiful, fresh smile with Lumineers.

How do Lumineers differ from traditional veneers?

Lumineers are thinner and stronger than traditional veneers. Lumineers have a thickness of about 0.3 millimeters, while traditional porcelain veneers tend to be about 0.5 millimeters thick. The Lumineer application process is much less invasive than the process for traditional veneers.

What are the advantages of Lumineers?

Thinness is one of the primary advantages of Lumineers in comparison to traditional veneers. Since Lumineers are so thin, they can be applied to the teeth without extensive and invasive preparation work. Likewise, Lumineers can be applied on top of existing veneers without the need to file away the underlying, original veneer. When traditional veneers are applied to the teeth, the dentist must first file and trim away at the natural tooth, which will permanently alter the structure of your teeth and can be an uncomfortable process.

How are Lumineers applied to the teeth?

During your initial consultation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your custom veneers can be made. The impressions will be sent to a laboratory that specializes in creating Lumineers. Once the dentist receives your Lumineers, you will return to the office for the application of the veneers. Your dentist may need to lightly etch your teeth so that the Lumineers will bond properly; however, extensive trimming and grinding will not be required. Once the Lumineers are positioned correctly on your teeth, the dentist will use a curing light to bond the Lumineers to your teeth. The application process takes about one hour in total.

What precautions do I need to take with Lumineers?

Lumineers are bonded to your teeth in the most durable way possible, so few precautions need to be taken with the types of food you eat after receiving Lumineers. Excellent oral hygiene, however, is essential in maintaining tooth and gum health and the appearance of your Lumineers. Regular brushing and flossing is even more important than before, and maintenance visits to your dentist will be required. You should plan to visit your dentist four times a year. During these appointments, the dentist will check your Lumineers, and polish the teeth margins to extend their lifespan. You should use non-abrasive toothpaste and wear a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports. Additionally, if you tend to grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend that you wear a protective brace while you sleep.

How long do Lumineers last?

With proper care, Lumineers can last up to 20 years. To extend their lifespan, be sure to attend your maintenance visits and follow proper oral hygiene.

Written by Dr. Steven Davidowitz. Updated on 1/8/2020.



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