Veneers are a treatment option dentists use to cover discolored or broken teeth so they appear glossy and white. Traditionally, veneers are made of porcelain material and require significant preparation to get your teeth ready for application. A different type of veneer, called Lumineers, are a brand of veneer only offered by some dentists and manufactured by DenMat dental laboratory. Lumineers are thinner, cheaper, and faster to apply. But choosing the right kind of veneer isn’t as simple as you might think.
All about Lumineers
Lumineers are a brand of veneers that take less preparation and advanced dental work than traditional veneers. They’re often called “no prep” veneers. Instead of porcelain, they’re made of “ultra thin” laminate.
More translucent than veneers
Like traditional veneers, dentists use Lumineers to treat discolored and unusually shaped teeth. They’re smooth and slick to the touch. Lumineers are thinner and a bit more translucent than traditional porcelain veneers. For this reason, they’re not a good option for people with severely discolored teeth.
No teeth grinding needed
Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers, so you don’t have to grind your teeth to thin them before application. Your dentist will have a customized set of Lumineers made for your specific treatment needs. Shorter prep and application process
You’ll still require at least two appointments after your initial consult. The first appointment will be shorter because your dentist doesn’t need to trim or “prep” your teeth. They only need to take an impression or mold. The mold is then sent to a DenMat dental laboratory. Your customized Lumineers will be ready in about 2 to 4 weeks. Unlike traditional veneers, you don’t need temporary veneers to be put on while you’re waiting for your custom Lumineers. Once they’re ready, you’ll set up a second appointment where your dentist will bond them to your teeth.
Unlike veneers, Lumineers are semipermanent. After application, they can be removed with minimal damage to your teeth. Similar to veneers, Lumineers can make it harder to clean around your gum line. This can increase your risk for gum disease.
Are your Teeth Decaying Beneath your Veneers?
As we have seen, Lumineers are and porcelain veneers are alike in many ways when comes to their function and purpose, so they will have the same (if any) effect on your teeth health. Therefore, if you have invested the time and money needed to improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, you will also want to make every possible effort to ensure your restoration lasts as long as possible. This includes taking care of your teeth underneath your porcelain veneers.
While the dental porcelain used in your veneers will not decay, it is possible for cavities to form behind your porcelain veneers. When this happens, the resulting tooth decay will threaten the long-term health of your teeth and potentially shorten the lifespan of your restoration. To prevent this from happening, it is crucial that you take the proper steps to maintain the health of your teeth and gums following your porcelain veneers procedure.
The area most susceptible to decay after porcelain veneers is the edge of your tooth since it is harder to keep bacteria from forming in that region. The skill level of your cosmetic dentist will play a huge role in preventing cavities from forming behind your porcelain veneers. An inexperienced cosmetic dentist is more likely to place the veneers on your teeth improperly, creating uneven edges, ledges, or shelves where food particles can collect and bacteria can grow. However, it is much less likely that these issues will develop when your porcelain veneers are placed by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist.
Steps You Can Take on Your Own to Ensure Cavities Don’t Develop Behind Your Veneers/Lumineers:
. Reduce your alcohol intake since alcohol can erode the bonding agent that keeps your veneers on your teeth
. Avoid using abrasive toothpastes which may damage your veneers
. Avoid hard impacts and sharp objects which may damage your veneers
. Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports or at night if you grind your teeth while you sleep
. Brush and floss regularly, taking extra care to reach the areas near the edges of your porcelain veneers
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best cosmetic dentists in Iran. The price of Lumineers in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of Lumineers in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.