Am I a Good Candidate for Lumineers? By N. Perry Orchard on June 25, 2014

A woman with a bright smileAs porcelain veneers have become more popular among cosmetic dentistry patients, new breakthroughs in dental technology have led to the development of new types of veneer. Lumineers® veneers are among the most advanced porcelain veneer brands available today. For the right candidate, Lumineers® can be a fast and effective path to a uniform and beautiful smile. But how do you know if Lumineers® are right for you?

What Are Lumineers®?

Traditional porcelain veneers usually require your cosmetic dentist to remove a layer of enamel from your teeth to create space for the veneers. Due to the removal of enamel, once traditional veneers have been placed, they are considered permanent in the sense that they must be replaced if the become damaged or worn down.

Lumineers® veneers, on the other hand, are made of an extremely thin dental-grade porcelain shell. Because of their unique design, Lumineers® can be placed without any preliminary prep work. This allows dentists to place Lumineers® quickly and without the use of numbing agents, painkillers, or anesthesia.

Am I a Good Candidate for Lumineers® Porcelain Veneers?

Lumineers® may sound like the answer to your dental issues, but how do you know if you are a good candidate? If you are hoping to correct cosmetically imperfect smile, there is a good chance that you are a great candidate for Lumineers®. Like any form of porcelain veneers, they can correct a number of imperfections including:

  • Stained and discolored teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Small or misshapen teeth
  • Mildly crooked teeth
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth

While a desire to correct cosmetic imperfections is a driving qualification for Lumineers® dental veneers, cosmetic dentists also look for patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Healthy Teeth Free of Decay - With porcelain veneers, your natural teeth are not being replaced. They are simply being capped, with your natural teeth serving as a base underneath the veneers; this means that any untreated cavities or decay can continue to worsen beneath your veneers. If you are suffering from tooth decay, it is critical that you address the issue before Lumineers® are placed.
  • A Nicely Aligned Bite - Porcelain veneers may be referred to as “instant orthodontics,” but they strictly deal with cosmetic issues. Jaw-related orthodontic issues like severe underbites and overbites are beyond the scope of what Lumineers® or any other set of porcelain veneers can fix. If this these are your issues, you would be better served with traditional braces.
  • No History of Teeth Grinding - Bruxism, also known as chronic teeth grinding, is damaging to the natural teeth and can drastically shorten the lifespan of porcelain veneers. Because Lumineers® are thinner, they are that much more vulnerable to damage from tooth grinding. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, wearing a mouth guard nightly could help - otherwise, your dentist may recommend a different course of treatment.

Learn More about Lumineers® Veneers Today

You deserve the best smile, and Lumineers® could be the best option for you. If you are considering porcelain veneers, contact the office of Charles A. Robertson and N. Perry Orchard to schedule an appointment today and find out if you’re a good candidate for Lumineers® veneers.

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Drs. Nicholas Perry Orchard  and Alejandro Vilamil provide comprehensive dentistry using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Our dentists are affiliated with the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Texas Dental Association

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