Imperfections on the teeth near the front of the smile, including gaps, permanent staining, and chips, can have a negative impact on the overall appearance when patients laugh, smile, and speak with others. When patients are unhappy with the appearance of their smile, they may feel uneasy about sharing it with others. They may also be unaware of the many affordable options available to them to resolve the issue. This includes the use of Lumineers at Schindler Dentistry.
What are Lumineers?
Traditional porcelain veneers are a common way for patients to cover problematic teeth and improve the overall appearance of the smile. These facings are bonded over the front of a tooth to conceal it. However, traditional porcelain veneers require dentists to remove several millimeters of natural tooth enamel prior to placement, essentially damaging the natural tooth in an irreversible way for a dental restoration. Thankfully, patients who are unsure about removing enamel that is otherwise healthy have another option to consider: Lumineers.
Lumineers are just like traditional porcelain veneers, but are made in a way where they do not require invasive preparations of the natural teeth. They can be placed over the teeth as-is, ensuring that patients can have them removed at a later time if they choose not to keep them. Otherwise, Lumineers are just as effective at coverage as traditional porcelain veneers. Both solutions provide a stain-resistant, long-term repair for imperfect teeth near the front of the smile. Both are similar in cost, and are simple to maintain. However, Lumineers may be more desirable for patients who are uneasy about taking off healthy tooth structure to place restorations.
How long will Lumineers last?
Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers are known for lasting several years before they need to be removed and replaced. Most patients who care for them properly can enjoy them a decade or longer. Lumineers can be taken off of the teeth at any time, while porcelain veneers should remain in place and be replaced with new veneers if they break or come off in the future. Patients with veneers should always visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation to ensure no disease or decay is occurring on the teeth underneath the restoration.
Are you considering Lumineers?
Discuss Lumineers with Dr. Sharon Schindler of Columbus, OH to decide if you are a proper candidate. Call (614) 586-0609 and visit the office at 775 Yard Street, Ste. 175.