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Lumineers Porcelain Veneer Introduction
Lumineers porcelain veneers are not greatly different from the regular porcelain veneers, except for the fact that the former is super-thin. Lumineers porcelain veneers are as thin as your contact lenses, though they are made of the same material from which the regular porcelain veneers are done. Because of this super-thin quality, they can be placed without the trimming and preparation work required for the regular veneers.
Lumineers is a registered trademark of the Den-Mat Corporation.
Where are Lumineers porcelain veneers used?
Though Lumineers veneers are used for the same purpose as regular porcelain veneers, there are certain circumstances in which the use of Lumineers veneers is better. Like for instance, if your front two teeth are tipped back and are sticking out a bit on either side, it’s the best place to use Lumineers veneers.
Lumineers porcelain veneers are also used to extend the life of existing porcelain dental crowns and bridgework which have lost their earlier shine. The ultra-thin Lumineers veneers can be bonded onto the surface of porcelain restorations, without requiring any preparatory work, and can make them look as new.
When are Lumineers porcelain veneers not used?
Some dentists may not prefer Lumineers veneers for cases which need a lot of characterization or shading change. Also, if placing of the Lumineer Porcelain veneers may make the teeth look bulky, then it is not advisable.
Pre-Lumineers Porcelain Veneers Preparation
Unlike the traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers do not require any preparation work.
Lumineers Porcelain Veneer Procedure
On your first visit, an impression is taken and sent to the lab. On the next visit, the dentist tries in Lumineers for a good fit. Teeth are moderately etched to prepare for placement but no sensitive tooth structure is removed. The Lumineers are then bonded to the teeth and set in place with a curing light.
Post-Lumineers Porcelain Veneer Care and Precautions
Care of Lumineers veneers is not very different from care of traditional veneers:
- Do not snack frequently: it helps tooth decay.
- Brush and floss regularly and diligently.
- Go to the dental clinic at least four times a year for maintenance. This will give your dentist the chance to polish the margins, thus prolonging the veneer’s life.
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes, as they can scratch the margins.
- Lumineers porcelain veneers are not meant to withstand sharp impacts. Biting pins, nails, etc., and striking them with hard objects may cause them to break.
- If you participate in contact sports, wear a mouth protector.
Lumineers Porcelain Veneers vs. Traditional Porcelain Veneers
The important difference between Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers is that Lumineers are much thinner. The typical Lumineers measures about 0.2 to 0.3 mm, which is about a third to half the thickness of a traditional veneer. It is this super-thinness of Lumineers that gives the dentist the chance to directly bond it to an unprepared tooth, without making for over contoured teeth.
Lumineers porcelain veneers eliminates the following steps which are integral to traditional porcelain veneers:
- No need for drilling.
- As there is no need for drilling, there is also no need for anesthesia.
- No need to wear temporary plastic veneers or bear the (minor) inconveniences of tooth roughness, sensitivity to heat and cold, or changed appearance while the patient waits for the veneers to be ready.
Resume of Dentists
For your reference, here are the resumes of some accomplished dentists:
Lumineers porcelain veneers in USA vs. Abroad
Lumineers porcelain veneers in the US cost about $700 – $1,100. Many a time your insurance plan will not cover Lumineers porcelain veneers if you want it purely for a cosmetic reason. Or even if it is covered, you still may have to pay a large portion of it from your pocket.
It is in such circumstances that dental tourism in India, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, and El Salvador help. Low cost of porcelain veneers abroad – it will be a third of US prices – attracts many Americans to these countries. When you add expert doctors and great service to the low cost advantage, it becomes simply impossible to pass up the opportunity for getting your Lumineers porcelain veneers done overseas.
Medical Tourism Corporation facilitates affordable Lumineers porcelain veneers at many international locations including India, Thailand, Mexico, El Salvador, & Costa Rica. Fill out the free estimate request form for a free quote & more information.