What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers® are called the gold standard of veneer procedures for their ability to transform the smile instantly, giving you a beautiful and highly aesthetic result. Our cosmetic dentist at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress is trained in the Lumineers process and may recommend this cosmetic procedure to hide a variety of smile imperfections that may concern you. Lumineers need next-to-no tooth preparation as they are extremely thin shells of high-grade porcelain that measure only the thickness of a contact lens (about 0.2mm). Similar to traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are thinner and do not typically require the removal of tooth enamel before they are placed. With Lumineers, your veneers have a translucency that closely matches natural teeth and provides long-term durability. Let our dentist help you decide if Lumineers are the best choice to meet your cosmetic smile goals. We invite you to schedule a treatment consultation at our modern Houston, TX practice today.
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Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?
With custom-made, minimal-prep Lumineers, you can hide a number of cosmetic imperfections that may be apparent in your smile. Typically placed on the teeth in pairs across the smile line, these ultra-thin porcelain veneers can upgrade your smile and boost your confidence. Our skilled cosmetic team can provide a treatment consultation to help you learn more about your options and discover if Lumineers are the right smile transformation option for you. It is important that the underlying tooth structure and surrounding gum tissues should be in good health before you proceed with Lumineers. Patients also need a bite (the way in which your upper and lower teeth meet) that is in good alignment to keep from damaging Lumineers. This requirement may mean Lumineers are not ideal for you if you grind your teeth at night. Though they are often called "instant orthodontics," Lumineers do not actually move your teeth. They are great for hiding slightly crooked or gapped teeth, but if you have a more advanced case of bite problems or misalignments, you may be better treated with orthodontics.
Lumineers may be ideal for correcting the appearance of stained or chipped teeth, abnormally shaped teeth, or unwanted gaps between teeth.
How Do Lumineers Work?
You can instantly transform your smile with the easy procedure involved with placing Lumineers. Lumineers typically require little or no preparation of the teeth and are considered a noninvasive procedure. We often can place Lumineers without reducing the enamel structure or numbing treatment areas, making this a simple, comfortable process. Impressions will be taken before your procedure and sent to our partner Lumineers dental lab where they will create your ultra-thin veneers.
The Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress cosmetic team is skilled at designing the ideal size, shape, and length of your new Lumineers to deliver a natural yet attractive end result for your smile. We will help you choose the color of your cosmetic restorations according to your smile goals. You will not need to wear temporary restorations prior to having your Lumineers place since you will not likely need any tooth preparation. It takes about 1 – 2 weeks to fabricate your Lumineers, and at that time we will schedule you to return so we can bond your new veneers permanently in place. We take special care with your new restorations to ensure a comfortable fit while keeping the supporting tooth structure intact.
How Can I Care for My Lumineers?
Typically no tooth structure is removed to place your Lumineers, so the procedure requires no recovery time. Right when your beautiful new veneers are attached to your teeth, you start smiling, confident in your new smile results. A high-tech bonding solution holds Lumineers in place and they are both durable and stain-resistant, letting you drink or eat what you like. We do, however, recommend that you avoid biting down or chewing on pens, ice, fingernails, and other hard objects in order to maintain the integrity of your Lumineers. Caring for your new restorations is just like caring for your natural teeth with daily flossing and brushing and routine visits to Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress for cleanings and exams. When you come in for your regular appointments, we will check your Lumineers to see if they are still in good working order and advise you on any adjustments or repairs that may need to be made over time. With excellent care, Lumineers can last for up to 20 years.
Are Lumineers Covered by Dental Insurance?
As a cosmetic treatment procedure, Lumineers are typically not covered by dental insurance plans. Before we begin, we will present your treatment costs. We can talk with you about our flexible patient-financing options and work with you to customize your treatment plan that meets both your budget and smile goals.
Give your smile a dramatic boost with custom-crafted, ultra-thin Lumineers. These highly-aesthetic restorations from Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress require little-to-no preparation or recovery and can give you instant smile results. Our skilled cosmetic dentist uses artistic skill and advanced expertise to design the best size, shape, and shade of your Lumineers to give you your best smile. Call our Houston, TX practice today to schedule an appointment to go over your options for Lumineers to transform your smile.