A Lumineer is one type of “minimal preparation” or “no-preparation”dental veneer option that is popular by both dentists and patients. Best utilized with patients having only minor tooth rotations and spacing in their smile, Lumineers do not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for correct placement the majority of the time. This is because most cosmetic dentists remove as little surface enamel as possible, creating life-like teeth for patients. Lumineers are adhesively bonded to the “facial surface” of the teeth, which makes it a minimally invasive procedure as possible.
Lumineers have an ultra-thin (approximately 0.2mm) and highly translucent look. Traditional veneers, on the other hand, are thick and require the grinding down of the original tooth structure.
Some of the benefits of Lumineers as opposed to tradition veneers are:
It is a painless procedure
It yields sensitivity-free results
It gives permanently white results
It is a quick and easy process
Lumineers can be installed in two simple visits, making them an excellent investment of your time. During the first visit to your Denver cosmetic dentist, a custom mold will be taken of the patient’s teeth, which will be used to create personalized veneers to perfectly fit their smile. Then the shade that best fits the patient’s natural smile will be chosen for the Lumineer. During the second visit the Lumineers are checked for fit and shade to ensure they match and look natural. Once the dentist determines the fit and shade are perfect, the Lumineer is attached, painlessly, creating a natural, healthy smile.
A Lumineer can be used to treat several dental conditions including:
Chipped or cracked teeth
Stained or discolored teeth
Slightly crowded teeth
A beautiful smile
A substitute for braces
While Lumineers are a great choice for some dental health conditions, they are not the answer to all of the problems one might have. For instance, although Lumineers are a good choice for slightly crooked teeth, they are not recommended for severely misaligned teeth, which would more than likely be better treated with braces or Invisalign.
Minimal preparation veneers like Lumineers are a viable alternative to traditional veneers. The manufacturer of Lumineers advertises them as a “no shot, no drilling, no pain” option for getting back a natural, brilliant smile, which attracts patients who want a fast treatment that costs them less money and causes them less pain and discomfort at the same time.
Dr. Radz has completed the Lumineer training, as well as the completed the course work with Durathins. In April of 2011 he was published in a popular textbook, “Esthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry for the Modern Dental Practice.” The chapter he wrote was, “Minimum Thickness Porcelain Anterior Restorations.” Not only has he received the training, but his experience and expertise in the area of thin veneers is recognized throughout the dental profession.
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