Veneers are cosmetic dental restorations that allow the patient to sport a beautiful smile. They are thin wafer-like restorations made from porcelain and bonded to the surface of a tooth. This way, dentists use them to cover minor cracks, chipping, excessive wear, and discoloration of the teeth. Lumineers®️ are similar to veneers but are extremely thin. They are so thin that in most cases, you wouldn't have to remove a layer of enamel from the tooth to accommodate them, as in the case of veneers. The best aspect of veneers and Lumineers®️ is that they not only offer a cosmetic solution but also strengthen the teeth and improve their functionality.
Veneers and Lumineers®️ would benefit patients with the following conditions:
During the initial screening of the mouth, we will conduct a thorough examination of the mouth and understand the severity of the condition. The dentist then determines your candidacy for veneers and Lumineers®️ or if any other simpler treatment method would suffice. Also, any old restorations on the tooth will be removed, and the tooth will be prepared for the procedure.
Scans and x-rays of the tooth will be taken to determine the size and contour of the restoration required. This data will be used to create a digital mold of the tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory to be used as a reference for fabricating the restoration. Meanwhile, the dentist may place a temporary restoration on the tooth to protect the prepared surface.
During the next visit, the temporary restoration is removed, the tooth is cleaned and etched using a suitable etching solution. This roughens the surface of the tooth and allows the restoration to bond firmly with it. We use dental adhesives to bond the veneer/Lumineer to the tooth, remove excessive adhesives, and harden it using a curing light. A bite test would determine whether or not the restoration is bonded perfectly in place and if it is affecting your natural bite.
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