Having a healthy set of pearly whites is more important than you might realize. Whether interviewing for a job, meeting someone new or just talking to people you already know, teeth that are discolored, misaligned, stained or chipped can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Nothing hurts your confidence more than a less than pleasant reaction from others when you smile. Brushing and flossing every day can certainly prevent a vast range of oral health problems and keep your teeth looking clean and white, but sometimes greater measures are required.
Traditionally, dentists have used a few methods to correct common teeth ailments. To ensure proper alignment during the development phase, many parents have their children wear braces. Although functional, very few adults are willing to submit themselves to this type of treatment. No one wants to be seen wearing these devices, especially in a professional work environment. Over the counter whitening agents can also be purchased and can act as a quick fix of sorts to whiten discolored and stained teeth, but by no means are these products permanent solutions. For people who have one or more chipped teeth, synthetic crowns can be installed to restore proper functioning and appearance.
Finally, a Dental Cure for All
Taking all of these treatments into account, does anything stand out? They can help patients who are experiencing a specific dental ailment, but what about those who have more than one? For many reasons, the solution more and more dentists are turning to now are Lumineers. Many people question what the difference between standard veneers (material that is placed directly over individual teeth) and those made by Cerinate. The answer lies in their thinness.
Lumineers have the approximate width of contact lenses (.2 millimeters to be exact), which means very little, if any, grinding of the patient’s existing tooth enamel needs to be performed prior to their installation. Not only does this save time and allow the procedure to be completed much more quickly, it also virtually eliminates any discomfort that is commonly associated with the application of earlier generations of veneers.
If they are so thin, however, won’t that affect their longevity? No! Lumineers are comprised of a durable material that is highly resistant to wear and tear. Once in place, they can easily last up to 20 years. This was unheard of in the field of cosmetic dentistry a few years ago, as most treatments are considered semi-permanent solutions.
What to Expect When Getting Lumineers
Lumineers are not for everyone, and are not designed to fix every dental ailment. In terms of their ability to correct multiple problems (discoloration, mild misalignment, staining and chipping), no other cosmetic procedure compares! After consulting with your dentist about the whether they believe you are a good candidate for the operation, the first visit will entail them taking a mold of your teeth and sending it to a lab. This is where the Lumineers will be custom-made and subsequently sent back to your dentist’s office. The second and final visit is where the Lumineers will be applied, without any drilling, grinding or anesthesia shots of course. Within an hour you can have a smile everyone will be envious of!