Lumineers / Veneers
Lumineer are thin shells that are laid onto the teeth and bonded to the surface. Although they can be made of different materials, porcelain is generally used because of its durability and realistic appearance. Veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns since they require less removal of the tooth's original surface. With veneers in place, patients can expect straighter, whiter, and more even looking teeth.
During the initial visit, the patient and dentist discuss the process of placing veneers and the options available (e.g. shape and shade of veneers). At the next visit, the dentist removes a very small layer of each tooth's outer enamel. A local anesthesia may be used, but is not always necessary. The dentist makes a mold of the teeth and sends it to a dental lab where customized veneers are created. The lab procedures generally take seven to ten days. During this time, the teeth have a slightly different appearance because of the removal of the outer layer of enamel. Many dentist place temporary restorations on the teeth. Once the veneers are returned from the lab, the dentist bonds the veneers onto the tooth with a composite material. Exposed to light, the material hardens, bonding the veneer firmly onto the tooth.
Following the Procedure
Patients may experience some sensitivity in the teeth, especially with contact to hot or cold substances. This sensitivity should lessen within two weeks. If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect the teeth. Veneers are quite strong and can withstand considerable force when a patient bites, but can occasionally fracture under stress. Patients should avoid hard foods such as ice or bones that may cause undue stress. Veneers should be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth. This includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups with a dentist. Given the proper care, veneers can keep you smiling for decades to come.