Perfectly white, evenly spaced teeth are rarely an accident of nature. Usually, people with perfect teeth have had them straightened or whitened, or have undergone other cosmetic dental procedures designed to give them that perfect smile. If your teeth have minor problems with tooth spacing, minor tooth rotation problems, are worn, misshapen, unusually small, or stained, Lumineers might be the ideal solution for you. Dr. Zadeh, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, is skilled with repairing cosmetic dental issues, including placing dental veneers of all types.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of dental veneer made of a thin porcelain shell that is bonded to the fronts of your teeth to cover minor cosmetic dental problems. The traditional dental veneer requires filing down and scoring the fronts of your teeth. This process of placing traditional porcelain veneers is irreversible and not appropriate for many patients with minor defects. The filing reduces the thickness of the teeth to accommodate the bulk of the veneers, and scoring the teeth helps provide the rough surface necessary for bonding veneers. Lumineers are thinner than the traditional veneers, which means that the teeth require very little or no filing beyond microscopic scores to potentially help the Lumineer fit better. As a result, your teeth are not permanently altered and you will not need a local anesthetic to numb the teeth in preparation for grinding them down. This makes Lumineers a great alternative to more traditional veneers!
Here is a list of the benefits of Lumineers over more traditional veneers:
- Fear of needles? Never fear, they require no shots!
- No removal of enamel and sensitive tooth structure! Lumineers are placed directly over the whole front of your tooth.
- Comfortable for sensitive patients!
- No temporary veneers to be worn.
- In most cases Lumineers can be reversed.
- Lumineers can give the appearance of straighter teeth.
The primary complaints about Lumineers is that they are not appropriate for all patients, especially those with darker tinted teeth (even those that cannot be solved by bleaching), crowded teeth, or other more severe cracking or chipping problems. They can also slightly more expensive than traditional veneers, but well worth the extra cost if you are a good candidate for them because of their reversibility and overall reliability. Any problems that come up are usually temporary and permanent solutions are quickly found. As always, Dr. Zadeh will help you choose the best approach for you.
The Beverly Hills Lumineers Treatment
Placing these thin veneers is a minimally-invasive process that can typically be accomplished in a few office visits at our office in Beverly Hills. First, you will have a consultation with Dr. Zadeh, where he will examine your teeth. If he determines that this type of veneer is a good solution for you, he will make impressions of your teeth and take x-rays. Then, he will send the impressions to a laboratory that will create your custom veneers.
When the veneers arrive at Dr. Zadeh’s office, he will schedule an appointment to apply them to your teeth. First, he will check the veneers to make sure that they fit correctly, and if necessary, he will trim them. Next, if your teeth need to be scored or filed slightly to place the veneers, he will perform those procedures. Then, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth with a special light that activates the bonding material. Finally, Dr. Zadeh will check your teeth and bite to make sure that the veneers fit correctly and will trim away excess bonding material. Dr. Zadeh may ask you to return for a follow-up visit, in which he will check the veneers to make sure that they are bonded correctly and fit well.
With proper care, your Lumineers can last for many years. Your teeth will appear even and your smile will be movie star white. Call today to make an appointment for a consultation and find out if dental veneers can benefit you.