Do you wish to upgrade your smile for a brilliant, natural-looking result? If so, then Advanced Dentistry of Centre County may be just the place to start, thanks to the gold standard in veneer technology known as Lumineers. Although there are several similarities between Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers, these two cosmetic dentistry options do differ in some respects. What makes Lumineers so popular is how incredibly thin they are, measuring in at about 0.2 mm. Traditional veneers are usually thicker, requiring your tooth to be sanded down to ensure they fit evenly within your smile. Additionally, Lumineers are more translucent than most other veneers, delivering a more natural, illustrious appeal while still remaining durable enough to last up to two decades. If you have been wanting to transform your smile, schedule a visit with a skilled general dentist at our State College, PA practice and learn if Lumineers are right for your goals.
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What Makes an Ideal Candidate for Lumineers?
If you wish to address cosmetic imperfections on the teeth visible when you smile, then you may be a good candidate for Lumineers. However, there are some elements that will have to be determined before the procedure can be completed. During your consultation, our dentists will determine if your teeth are in good health and cavity-free. This is important since Lumineers are bonded directly to the front surfaces of your teeth, leaving the underlying enamel fully intact. You also will need to have a bite that is well-aligned. While Lumineers are commonly called "instant orthodontics," they cannot correct malocclusion. Therefore, if you have moderate to severe bite concerns, orthodontic treatment may be a more ideal solution for now. Patients who grind or clench their teeth (bruxism) may also not be suited for Lumineers.
How Are Lumineers Placed?
During your consultation, our dentists will take a digital mold (impression) of your teeth to be sent over to the Lumineers laboratory where your custom restorations will be created according to ideal size and shape. We will work together with you to determine the tooth color that matches best to your existing teeth while helping to meet your goals. In general, Lumineers are placed in pairs or from one canine to the other to achieve a balanced appearance. Since there is no need to file your teeth to place your cosmetic restorations, you will not have to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent restorations to be made. After your Lumineers are complete, we will have you return to Advanced Dentistry to bond them to your teeth during a comfortable procedure that does not involve drilling, grinding, or anesthesia. This state-of-the-art bonding process will reveal excellent results while your underlying tooth will remain intact.
Caring for Lumineers
As Lumineers are customized for your mouth, there is generally no adjustment period after receiving them. You will be able to eat and drink whatever you want (within reason) with confidence since Lumineers are attached through a secure bonding process method. However, it is still important that you do not bite into or chew on hard objects, such as ice, pens, or hard candy. Your cosmetic veneers should be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth, including thorough brushing and flossing each day. When you visit Advanced Dentistry for your routine dental cleanings and checkups, our dentists will evaluate your Lumineers to make certain they are still delivering your very best smile.
Will Insurance Cover Lumineers?
Since Lumineers are considered an elective procedure, they are typically not covered by dental insurance companies. Advanced Dentistry is pleased to accept a variety of flexible payment methods, like low-interest financing through CareCredit, to help make your cosmetic dentistry treatment fit easily within your budget.
Bring Brilliance to Your Healthy Smile
Do you want to enhance the cosmetic quality of your healthy smile? For over 30 years, Lumineers have been the superior option for numerous State College, PA patients who want to take their smile to another level for a truly amazing result. Our dentists have extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and use artistic skills to create brand new smiles with Lumineers. It is our honor to explore the finest dental solutions for you as an individual. For more information about cosmetic options for your smile, contact Advanced Dentistry of Centre County at your earliest convenience.