Lumineers are a type of veneers that offer a few more advantages coupled with some limitations. Any procedure that falls under veneers is a procedure for smile design and makeover.
They also typically follow the same procedure outline in generally with small differences between them. These small differences make their applications differ. So while one procedure may work for certain cases, another procedure maybe more suitable for other cases.
If you want to learn about all types of veneers and there different applications, please read our veneers guide.
In this article we will only discuss lumineers and break them down to you in terms of procedure, durability, and benefits.
What Are Lumineers
Lumineers are a type of veneers that a very common practice in cosmetic dentistry. To understand how they work, we need to understand what veneers actually are. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that come in the shape of a tooth. Veneers are thick around 0.6 mm in average, and they go on the front of the tooth to hide all defects underneath.
Lumineers on the other hand are thin structures that come at thickness of around 0.3 mm. Similarly to veneers, lumineers also come in the shape of a tooth and theyre very thin sheets that your doctor cements to the front of your teeth.
With both procedures, color matching is essential and so is choosing the right shape. The process is entirely customizable to help you get the most natural smile possible.
The procedure of lumineers is much simpler than other types of veneers. This is because they are very slim in structure and so many steps will not be necessary. For instance, with all the other types of veneers, filing is an important step, but with lumineers it is not.
Filing refers to the process through which your dentist removes a layer of your teeth to make place for veneers. But because lumineers are ultra slim, this process is not at all necessary.
Without further ado, let us look at the procedure and steps of placing lumineers.
1- Dental Exam
Going for a dental exam is a key factor to the success of your procedure. For any long lasting procedure, having a healthy oral foundation to work with is important. Decay and inflammation can all ruin your results.
For this reason, at Dentakay we provide general oral examination to make sure that you’re suitable for the procedure. If any issues are present, we will begin by treating them first then proceeding with your Lumineers procedure.
2- Studying Your Facial and Dental structures
In order to get the most natural smile makeover, it is important to take into consideration your facial structure. From the shape of the features to the way they move all impact the results. That is why our dentists at Dentakay use cutting-edge technologies such as computer assisted cameras.
These cameras work along a program that studies the videos and photos the camera takes. The system goes by Trishape.
Our dentists will take videos from inside the mouth as well as the outside. This helps study your lip movement to design the lumineer structure.
Another way to take impressions of your mouth is through having you bite on a mould. This is the traditional way to take impressions of your teeth. And while it is relatively efficient, it doesn’t provide optimal results.
3- Making Your Lumineers
At Dentakay, we manufacture your lumineers in a single day using the CAD/CAM technology. It is a 3Shape or trishape program that takes digital footage of your mouth to design as well as print out your veneers immediately.
In the past, the manufacturing process would take weeks where your dentist will mail the mould to an offsite laboratory to manufacture your lumineers. But owing to the major developments happening in the field of cosmetic dentistry, you can now get your smile makeover in as little as a day or two.
Once, the Trishape prints out your porcelain lumineers, next comes the process of placing them. For this, your dentist will use light-cure cement to place the lumineers on your teeth. After placement, they will expose your teeth to blue light that will dry the cementing material holding your lumineers in place.
This will be the final step of the procedure and you can now leave with a long-lasting natural smile.
How Do Lumineers Differ From Other Types of Veneers
Lumineers differ in many ways from other types of veneers. For one, they’re extremely slim with a thickness of around 0.3 mm. Secondly, they are a bit transluscent in comparison to other veneer types. And as a result, their applications are restricted to an extent (more details below.)
Lumineers VS Composite Veneers
Composite veneers are a type of veneers made from resin, unlike Lumineers that are made of porcelain. Composites are also clay-like at first and your dentist will have to manually shape them while the resin is on your teeth. After getting the right shape your doctor will cure the material with blue light.
This differs from lumineers that are pre-designed either in a lab or using 3D printing. Another point in which the techniques differ is the filing. In composite veneers, your dentist still has to file down your teeth to make space for the composite veneers. With Lumineers and since they are very slim; this step is not at all necessary.
Lumineers VS Porcelain Veneers
Lumineers and porcelain veneers are both porcelain. They can both be made using the CAM/CAD 3D printing technology. But they differ in terms of thickness and coverage. Porcelain veneers offer way more coverage and are suitable for adverse mishaps. On the other hand, Lumineers are slim and only cover medium mishaps.
Because porcelain veneers are thicker than Lumineers, filing is necessary and your dentist has to remove a layer of your teeth to make space for them.
Are Lumineers the Same as Laminate Veneers?
Many people assume that Lumineers and laminate veneers are terms for the same procedure. But although they are similar they are not the same. Laminate veneers is just another term for the traditional porcelain veneers.
How Long Do Lumineers Last?
With the right care, Lumineers can last up to 15 to 20 years according to a recent study.. Although the prosthetics on their own can not decay, you must remember that the tissue around it does. And once that happens is can negatively impact the longevity of your Lumineers. Therefore, practicing normal oral hygiene is essential to the success of your procedure.
Brush your teeth twice daily, floss, and use anti bacterial mouth wash.
What Can They Correct?
Because they are slim and somewhat translucent, the applications of Lumineers are not as broad and inclusive as the traditional veneers. But they are very effective in correcting minor mishaps. And in situations where they are suitable, they are a very convenient option considering their affordability in comparison to traditional veneers.
Lumineers can successfully correct:
- Minor to medium discoloration.
- Chipping and breakage
- Minor misalignment and crowding
- Changing teeth shape such as elongating teeth.
More severe cases respond better to veneers.
Where Can I Find Affordable Lumineers?
As the biggest destination for cosmetic dentistry, Turkey has become home to affordable and excellent dental clinics. Many patients opt for treatment in Turkey because although it is affordable, the price to value ratio is incredibly satisfying.
In top of getting excellent care, many dental clinics offer luxury services that are guaranteed to make your trip a breeze. From accommodation to private transport and translation, all of which are included in your price package; there is nothing to worry about but getting your smile makeover.
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