Lumineers are also sometimes called “no prep” or “minimal prep” veneers. For the most part, they are the same as traditional veneers, and are used for the same purpose, which is to cover up flaws in your teeth and improve your smile.
However, Lumineers are a lot thinner than traditional veneers. This means that they require much less enamel removal, and can sometimes be placed without trimming your teeth at all. If you’re interested in Lumineers, contact Tampa Smile Co. to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Mohammad Bawany today.
Traditional veneers are about 0.5mm in thickness. Lumineers are about 0.3mm thick, which is about the same thickness as a contact lens.
First, you’ll need to come into our office for a consultation with Dr. Bawany. He will examine your teeth and have an honest discussion about your smile goals, and help you decide if Lumineers are right for you.
If you’re approved, you’ll come back to Tampa Smile Co. to be fitted for your Lumineers. Depending on the situation, Dr. Bawany may need to remove a small amount of enamel from some of your teeth before you’re fitted for your Lumineers.
Once Dr. Bawany has taken images and impressions of your teeth, he will work with our partner dental lab to build your Lumineers. This may take a few weeks.
When your Lumineers are finished and sent to our office, you’ll come back for one last appointment. Our dentist in South Tampa will check the fit of each Lumineer, then attach them to your teeth permanently with dental cement. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.
Lumineers are an excellent choice for restoring stained teeth. However, they are thinner than standard veneers. This means that they may not be as good for restoring extremely stained and discolored teeth.
If your teeth are worn down, Lumineers can help rebuild and restore their original size and shape. This keeps your smile looking great.
Lumineers are sometimes used to cover up minor tooth chips. However, they are only used for shallow, cosmetic chips in the enamel. Deeper chips may need treatment with a dental crown or a similar restorative dentistry procedure.
Lumineers can reshape your smile and restore misshapen teeth, providing you with a truly picture-perfect grin. Your smile will look and feel completely natural after treatment.
In some cases, Lumineers can add size to your front teeth and fill up gaps in your smile. However, large gaps or misaligned teeth may require treatment with Invisalign. Lumineers can only fix minor cosmetic issues, and are not meant to address serious orthodontic problems.
With proper care, your lumineers can last between 10 and 20 years.
Unlike veneers, Lumineers can sometimes be removed and reversed. This is because they require little to no removal of your tooth enamel. However, this depends on the patient. Some patients may need some enamel to be trimmed during treatment. If this is the case, your Lumineers will not be reversible.
Lumineers last just as long as standard veneers, with a lifespan of 10-20 years. If you want to protect your veneers, we recommend eating a healthy diet, maintaining good oral hygiene, and seeing Dr. Bawany every six months for a checkup. You may also want to invest in a night guard if you grind your teeth, since teeth grinding can contribute to premature Lumineer failure or breakage.
Veneers are NOT a permanent dental treatment that requires the removal of enamel.