Even with good at-home dental hygiene, regular professional cleanings, and dental check-ups, teeth damage can still occur. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel embarrassed or ashamed to smile in public because of damaged teeth. Thanks to improved innovations in dental technology, correcting dental flaws has never been easier.
Among other treatments, dental veneers, crowns, inlays & onlays, fillings, bonding, and Lumineers are common restorative procedures for damaged teeth. When you have minor to medium tooth damage, dental veneers are an excellent option to consider. If you don’t like the idea of significant tooth-shaping that comes with traditional veneers, then Lumineers may be a better option for you.
Lumineers are a type of veneer-thin coatings that are placed over a damaged tooth to repair or hide the damage. Compared to traditional veneers, Lumineers are very thin.
A typical veneer measures approximately. 5 millimeters thick while Lumineers only measure .3 millimeters. Since Lumineers are very thin, they are ideal for repairing minor damage to a tooth’s structure, such as discoloration.
The pros of using Lumineers to repair teeth:
With traditional veneers, significant tooth-shaping is required for the veneer to fit perfectly without looking big or unnatural. Trimming the tooth can destroy the structure of the tooth’s enamel, which can weaken the tooth. Since a Lumineer is very thin, very little or no tooth trimming is required. This helps to maintain more of the natural tooth.
When properly placed, a Lumineer looks natural. Since it’s very thin, it will be difficult for people to notice. The standard veneer tends to look opaque, creating a sense of falseness in your new smile.
Lumineers are designed to repair or hide damage to a tooth. For instance, if you have significant teeth yellowing, staining, or discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening methods, you can benefit from Lumineers. A thin coating is placed over the stained tooth, giving you a whiter, natural, and healthier smile.
Unlike most dental treatments, the Lumineers procedure is less invasive. Only little to no tooth shaping is required to get the treatment. This makes the procedure an easy, quick, and pain-free way to reshape your smile. After the procedure, the only side effects are minor discomfort or sensitivity, which fades away within a few hours.
With traditional veneers, more natural teeth have to be trimmed down to make enough room for proper installation. Remember that the trimmed enamel can’t be undone or put back in place, making the procedure irreversible. Lumineers are different. Since little to no tooth shaping is required, there’s minimal damage in the tooth’s structure, meaning that you can remove the Lumineers if you change your mind.
While Lumineers are very thin, that doesn’t compromise their strength. With proper installation and care, Lumineers can serve you for 5-20 years. To ensure longevity, practice healthy at-home dental care and habits. If you have bruxism, you can invest in a mouthguard.
Getting Lumineers won’t break your bank. By repairing tooth damage, Lumineer saves you money in the long run. For instance, when a chipped tooth isn’t repaired, it’s susceptible to more damage, calling out for expensive and complex dental procedures.
Like any other procedure, Lumineers have their downsides. These include:
Since Lumineers are very thin, they are only ideal for minor tooth imperfections. However, they may not be suitable for complex teeth damage such as severe discoloration, diastema, or cracked teeth.
While Lumineers are solid and durable, teeth clenching and grinding can cause them to chip or crack, reducing their lifespan.
In case the Lumineer cracks, chips, or breaks, it can’t be repaired. You’ll need a new one.
While Lumineers can add a little strength to your natural tooth, it’s considered more of a cosmetic option. Therefore, they may not be suitable for teeth flaws that affect a tooth’s strength and stability.
Are you looking for dental Lumineers services, or would you like to learn more about Lumineers? Contact Wellesley Dental Arts to book your appointment today.