LUMINEERS® provide the permanent, pleasant, & painless way to reshape and whiten your smile. Like traditional veneers, the minimal preparation LUMINEERS® alternatives are adhesively bonded to the “facial (front) surface” of the teeth. However, these minimal preparation and “no-prep” options typically do not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for proper placement, although there are certain cases that may require minimal reduction of the tooth surface.
Like traditional veneers, the minimal preparation and “no-prep” alternatives are adhesively bonded to the “facial (front) surface” of the teeth. However, these minimal preparation and “no-prep” options typically do not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for proper placement, although there are certain cases that may require minimal reduction of the tooth surface.
Additionally, there are some instances where “no-prep” veneer patients do not need an injection of local anesthetic, making the procedure quicker and less uncomfortable.
LUMINEERS® vs. Traditional Veneers
The placement of traditional veneers typically has required the removal of tooth structure, sometimes beyond enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, making it a permanent procedure. However, today LUMINEERS®are also considered “traditional” and can be placed completely within enamel in a minimally invasive and possibly “no preparation” way.
Additionally, traditional veneer procedures usually require an injection of local anesthetic, but this might not be necessary if we are able to place the traditional veneers within enamel. The patient's level of sensitivity will determine if not using anesthesia is an option.
Patients undergoing a minimal preparation veneer procedure – such as that for LUMINEERS® – may also require tooth modifications. Such modifications are minimal, affecting only the enamel layer, with no penetration into the dentin (layer of tooth substance beneath enamel). This will depend on the condition and position of the teeth being treated.
Cosmetic Dental Concerns Suitable for VENEERS®
LUMINEERS® may be suitable for adults and adolescents seeking to effectively address a number of cosmetic dental conditions, including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Very slightly discolored or stained teeth
- Gaps or spaces (diastemas) between teeth
- Misshapen, fanged or pointy and slightly misaligned teeth
- Slightly crowded teeth
- Worn teeth
- Small teeth
- Enhancing an already attractive smile into a “Hollywood”-type smile with a smile makeover
Your dentist must examine the condition of your teeth prior to placing minimal preparation or “no-prep” veneers to ensure that your teeth are clinically sound. In cases where cost is a primary concern and the patient's condition involves only a tiny chip or crack in a single tooth, composite bonding may be a more suitable option. Although less durable and more prone to staining than porcelain veneers, composite bonding would be a less expensive and quicker cosmetic dentistry option.
To determine if you are a candidate for a minimal preparation or “no-prep” veneer procedure, see your dentist for a thorough examination and to discuss your specific cosmetic and dental issues. Your dentist will explain the different cosmetic dentistry options available to meet your particular needs.
As an added benefit, our office is pleased to offer easy, NO INTEREST financing that enables you to extend your payments over a period of time.
To take advantage of this special offer or for free consultation to learn more about LUMINEERS®, call us at (760) 295-9870 or click here to request an appointment online.
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When you enter our well-appointed greeting-area, you will be met by our friendly staff that will check you in and answer any pre-treatment questions you may have. Once in the dental chair, you will see how much we care about your comfort and convenience. A beverage bar is available for refreshments, paraffin hand treatments are provided for that “spa” feeling, and blankets can be given for added comfort.
Each operatory is equipped with flat-panel LCD televisions that serve two purposes: first, for our patients’ entertainment during procedures, and also, as a valuable tool the staff can use to visually demonstrate treatments, show you x-ray images, and review past treatments from your electronic patient chart. For entertainment purposes, we have full local TV and premium cable service.