Your smile is okay. There are some slightly crooked, misshapen and rough teeth that at times make it painfully embarrassing to smile. You want to do something about the ugly, odd appearance of your smile but you don’t want to deal with the uncomfortable, bulky, equally hideous metal braces.
You’ve thought of getting veneers, but the idea of getting the enamel of your teeth ground down so the veneers can properly fit and be securely attached to the teeth, doesn’t excite you.
This is where lumineers can help.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are like veneers. Both are used to smooth, straighten and correct the shape and size of teeth by covering the front surface of teeth with thin, porcelain wafers.
The difference between lumineers and veneers is that lumineers are significantly thinner than veneers, averaging a mere .2 millimeters thick while the minimum thinness of veneers is .5 millimeters. As they are so thin, there isn’t a need for the dentist to shave down the tooth to affix and accommodate it.
In addition to their thinness, lumineers are also translucent. The translucent properties of lumineers offer a longer-lasting teeth whitening than what can be achieved with veneers.
What is the Process of Getting Lumineers?
Getting lumineers requires two visits to the dentist office, with the second visit being the time when the lumineers are placed.
At the first dental appointment, the dentist will take x-rays and molds of your teeth which will then be sent to a dental lab where the lumineer shells are made.
A few weeks later, the second appointment will then be when the lumineers are placed and color is added. It only takes around an hour to place lumineers on teeth and the process requires little to no filing down of teeth, making the whole process pain-free.
There is no recovery time after getting lumineers. Immediately after getting your lumineers placed, you can enjoy normal eating and full functionality of your teeth.
If you ever change your mind after getting veneers, they can be easily removed by your cosmetic dentist. This can’t be said for veneers because of their thickness and need for the teeth to be shaved.
How Long Do Lumineers Last?
Lumineers have been shown to last up to 20 years of normal wear and tear.
Can I Eat Regular Sticky, Hard, Crunchy Foods?
Yes, patients who have veneers can eat the same type of foods they’ve always enjoyed as often as they like. Lumineers are to restore proper teeth functioning. Lumineers are to look and feel like one’s natural teeth.
The strong bonding material that is used to adhere the lumineer shells to the front of teeth can withstand much wear and tear that comes from everyday eating, chewing, smiling and speaking activities.
How Much do Lumineers Cost and Are They Covered by Dental Insurance?
Lumineers are more expensive than veneers, averaging between $800 and $2,000 per tooth. Lumineers, like veneers, are considered cosmetic dental procedures, and are therefore, not likely to be covered by most dental insurance plans.
Lumineers are a great teeth correction option for patients with stained, misaligned, cracked, or chipped teeth and patients who have noticeable, embarrassing gaps between teeth.
Contact us today at Hazzouri Dental to learn more about lumineers and how they can help you get that perfect, flawless smile you’ve always wanted.