When we talk about the beauty of a smile, we are actually talking about the front surfaces of all the teeth that are visible when you smile. Even if all the teeth are healthy and in their right position, there are some of their features that may bother you. The dark color of the tooth, a chipped tooth or tooth that is too small compared to the rest of them are just some of those problems. Also, what we often hear from our patients, and what we consider a great aesthetic problem, are the gaps between teeth. All these problems can be resolved by simple procedure during two appointments to our office.
The difference between veneers and lumineers
While basically doing the same thing, these two types of restorations have some differences. The main difference between veneer and lumineer is the thickness. Veneers are made of a thicker material. This means that it is almost always necessary for their placement on the front surface of the teeth, to drill that surface. Lumineers are thinner and because of this, it is not necessary to drill your teeth.
The process of making lumineers
At the first visit to our office, we are doing an overview and analysis of your bite and smile. Our goal is to define what you want to achieve with this procedure and what are the possibilities to do that in your case. Because the lumineers are made of extremely thin material, tooth drilling is not necessary to be done. On the other hand, thin lumeneers sometimes cannot fulfill all expectations when it comes to teeth aesthetics. Extremely dark-colored teeth are not an indication for this kind of reconstitution.
The next step is to take impressions of your teeth and to send them to a licensed dental laboratory. There lumineers are made individually for your teeth. After a couple of weeks, you come to your second appointment, when we are placing lumineers on your teeth and creating a new smile. The most important part at this point is to adjust your new teeth with your bite. If this step is not done right, you can have your lumineers chipped or broke.
For any additional questions and concerns regarding the development of lumineers, call us Life Smile Dental by Dr. Navarreteat (305) 558-6832 or request an appointment through this page.