No More Natural Teeth: Deciding Between Implants and Dentures

What to Expect When Getting Lumineers

by Jeremiah Barnett

A beautiful smile is considered highly desirable by most people, but few are naturally born with one. If you have crooked, stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth, you may not be happy with your own smile. Luckily, there are dental procedures that can give you the smile that you have always wanted. Lumineers, a brand of porcelain veneers, have become increasingly popular. If you are interested in getting Lumineers, here is what you can expect:

Initial Visit

During your first visit with a dentist who specializes in Lumineers, X-rays and photos of your teeth will be taken. Your dentist will also need to make impressions of your teeth. Some dentists also have computer technology available that will allow them to create an image that will show you what you will look like after the Lumineers are applied. Your X-rays, photos of your teeth, and the impressions will be sent to a laboratory, and your Lumineers will be custom made for you.

Lumineer Application

After your dentist receives your custom made Lumineers, you will need to return to the office to have them fitted. Your dentist will lightly etch the surface of your teeth to help the Lumineers bond to the teeth securely. Lumineers are carefully bonded to the teeth, and your dentist will make adjustments as needed to ensure that your Lumineers are properly aligned and have a comfortable fit.

One of the things that many people like about Lumineers is the fact that the whole process only takes a couple of office visits, unlike traditional veneers, which can involve several office visits and also require a person to wear temporary veneers for a period of time.

Caring for Lumineers

Once the Lumineers are bonded to the surface of the teeth, you can count on them lasting many years. Lumineers do not require any special maintenace. A good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing regularly is all that is required, along with normal dental exams. After getting Lumineers, you should not have any problems with eating or drinking.

Lumineers can be removed at any time if you wish, and after your current Lumineers reach the end of their lifespan you are not required to have a new set applied. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require the teeth to be grinded or sanded down to a smaller size, so you can return to your natural smile without any worries if by some chance you decide that you no longer want your Lumineers.