Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are placed on the front of teeth to conceal chips, cracks, and other minor cosmetic imperfections. While traditional porcelain veneers are highly effective, the front surface of teeth must be reshaped in order to receive them. However, advances in cosmetic dentistry have led to the creation of LUMINEERS®, which can be placed without the need for teeth reshaping. If you are seeking to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, Dr. Mark Tall can review the benefits of LUMINEERS® during a personal consultation at our Idaho Falls, ID, practice. Contact Sandcreek Dental today to schedule an appointment.
LUMINEERS® are one of the thinnest types of porcelain veneers available. Just like traditional veneers, LUMINEERS® are durable, resistant to staining, and great for correcting more than one cosmetic issue. However, LUMINEERS® are digitally designed to be ultra-thin, which offers some additional benefits when compared to traditional veneers.
Traditional veneers require the removal of a small amount of enamel in order for the ceramic shells to be properly aligned with adjacent teeth. LUMINEERS®, however, are extremely thin and require little to no tooth preparation. As a result, LUMINEERS® treatments are reversible, so long as no enamel was removed during their placement. This also makes LUMINEERS® a great cosmetic solution for patients with very minor tooth blemishes. With proper care, your LUMINEERS® can last for more than 20 years.
During placement of traditional veneers, patients typically require anesthesia, but a LUMINEERS® procedure is virtually painless. Patients receiving LUMINEERS® also have a reduced risk of tooth sensitivity after placement. Lastly, traditional veneers are often created at an outside lab over the course of several weeks, and patients must pay for temporary veneers to wear during this time. With LUMINEERS®, you will be spared of this added inconvenience and expense.
In terms of their safety, LUMINEERS® are an extremely low-risk treatment. As a general precaution, patients should take care not to put excessive force on their LUMINEERS® by using their teeth to open packages or chew hard items such as ice. Experiencing unsatisfactory results is one of the biggest risks faced by LUMINEERS® patients. Inexperienced dentists can recommend this treatment for patients who are not good candidates, or they can place LUMINEERS® improperly, resulting in bulky or unnatural looking teeth. By choosing a qualified and highly skilled dentist like Dr. Tall to perform your LUMINEERS® treatment, you can ensure a successful procedure and avoid potential problems.
At Sandcreek Dental, we have been providing patients with quality, compassionate dental care for more than 14 years. Dr. Hall draws upon extensive training and experience and utilizes some of the most advanced dental technology available to make treatment as safe, effective, and comfortable as possible. If chips or stains are detracting from your appearance, we can use LUMINEERS® to dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile. To learn more about the benefits of LUMINEERS®, contact our practice today.