When you think about your smile, one of the things that might come to mind is the brightness of the teeth. If you don’t have the white smile that you desire or the shape of the teeth that you want, consider Lumineers. These are thin and translucent and placed over the natural teeth so that they give a vibrancy you might not be able to get with toothpaste. There are a few questions that you might have about Lumineers before making a decision to have them placed.
What is the pain level?
There is no pain involved with placing Lumineers on the teeth. They are used to reshape the teeth and to whiten them without discomfort of any kind. Since the product is so thin, there is often a perfect fit as they can be easily adjusted to the teeth. This allows for little in the way of tools that need to be used on the teeth before getting them to fit properly. Once Lumineers are placed, they will look and feel natural.
Are Lumineers a substitute for braces?
In some cases, they are a substitute for getting braces. If your teeth aren’t severely crooked, you may want to consider Lumineers as an option for getting the beautiful smile that you want. They can make the teeth look straight without having to deal with all of the wires and brackets. And most Lumineers will last for about 20 years as long as you take good care of your teeth.
What is the length of the procedure?
It usually takes two visits to get the Lumineers in place. On the first visit, you will go to the office to determine the precise measurements of the teeth and how the Lumineers will be placed. This is often done by taking a mold of your mouth. There is no pain in this process and it lasts only a few minutes. The second visit, which also doesn’t take long, is for the dentist to place the Lumineers on your teeth. The entire procedure usually takes less than 2 hours.
How are Lumineers placed?
Once the mold has been taken, the dentist will examine the teeth to find the best-suited Lumineers. In order to get the best fit possible, an adjustment may be needed once they are on the teeth. This process is done without shots or any type of drilling in the mouth. The dentist also will match the shade of the Lumineers with the rest of your teeth so that there is a natural appearance and, once they are in place, you are ready to leave the office with a big smile.
What are the precautions with Lumineers?
You will be able to continue to drink and eat most of the foods that you enjoy. You don’t have to worry as much with sticky foods as you would if wearing braces. However, there does still need to be a good amount of oral hygiene in place as these are covering your natural teeth. It's important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis and continue brushing and flossing as usual.
If you want to learn more about Lumineers, give our office a call. We’ll determine what is the best treatment for you. You have 3 dentists to choose from in our Chandler office – Dr. Andy, Dr. Joel and Dr. Tyler.
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