Introduction to Veneers and Lumineers

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A smile is the most inexpensive accessory one can have. It can boost your appearance a hundred times over by just flexing a couple of muscles in the mouth. However, not all of us have naturally perfect smiles. Genetics or accidental trauma can lead to crooked, broken or chipped teeth and other dental problems. Fortunately, contemporary cosmetic dentistry has the answer to these problems: dental veneers.


Veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the surfaces of existing teeth. They appear natural and, when applied properly, can last for decades. Veneers are used to enhance tooth color, size or shape and are often used to cover stains or discoloration on the surface of teeth. They are also applied to close the gaps between teeth.


Lately, a brand of special veneers called Lumineers has been receiving a lot of publicity. Lumineers are much thinner (as thin as a contact lens at only about 0.3 millimeters thick) and require no drilling or grinding due to a special bonding technique. With regular veneers, a dentist would have to grind away the patient's tooth surface to the approximate thickness of the dental veneer, and this procedure normally requires the use of dental anesthesia.


All Lumineers Las Vegas patients avail of are made from extra durable Cerinate porcelain and attached with Ultra-Bond Restorative Resin Cement and Tenure adhesive glue. These materials provide a bond with the teeth that can last for more than 20 years.


When installing Lumineers Las Vegas dentists use either one of two methods. With the traditional method, a dentist files down the surface of teeth, which helps the veneer appear more natural when installed. The second way is to directly install Lumineers over the existing teeth without the need for drilling or anesthesia. However, this may leave a small but noticeable bump between the veneer and the tooth, which can eventually lead to further staining and tooth decay as well as leave the gums vulnerable to irritation or infection.


The cost of Lumineers Las Vegas procedures varies by dentist, mouth preparation and how many are applied. Oftentimes, placing Lumineers require less tooth preparation and no anesthesia. This means that the cost of installation will be around three-quarters of the price paid for other veneer procedures. Lumineers can cast from around $700 to $1,100 per veneer. Ask your dentist to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Lumineers.

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This article was published on 2011/09/07