Lumineers are an ultra slim type of veneer which is used to cover stained or discoloured teeth. They are made from a thin yet strong type of material called cerinate and are fitted smoothly and easily. This is a painless procedure that results in an improved smile and wellbeing for the patient.
Lumineers along with veneers and dental implants are a popular form of treatment for stained teeth in older patients. Younger patients choose teeth whitening instead.
REASONS FOR LUMINEERS
Lumineers are chosen as a lightweight and flexible solution to the problem of:
- Misaligned teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
They are placed over the teeth as part of a smile makeover or as an alternative to teeth whitening. The difference between lumineers and veneers is that with lumineers, minimal preparation is needed before they are fitted.
With veneers, the offending tooth (or teeth) is reshaped and prepared beforehand and is ready to accept the veneer.
The dentist takes an impression of your teeth, using a mould, which is used to fabricate your lumineers. This impression is sent away to a dental laboratory where the lumineers are produced from porcelain cerinate – a wafer thin material which has the same thickness as a contact lens.
The lumineers are fitted in a second visit. The dentist fits these over your existing teeth without the need to make any adjustments. They can also be fitted over a bridge or crowns.