The idea of a smile makeover was once a pretty intimidating concept. Patients may have envisioned hours in the dental chair under a drill or some other dental contraption. Thanks to the development of innovative techniques and materials, a smile makeover isn’t nearly as complex as it used to be. Today, most transformations require only two or three visits.
One of the most advantageous transitions in dentistry has been the use of porcelain veneers to cover stubborn stains, chips, gaps, and other flaws or injuries. Next, to that, it has been the development of no-prep veneers like LUMINEERS that have paved the way for more patients to obtain smiles they love.
Why would we need something like LUMINEERS when porcelain veneers are so very capable of achieving the intended outcome? The answer is easy: because not every patient wants to have their teeth permanently altered, even when the aesthetic value will be improved. There is no doubt that porcelain veneers are one of the best cosmetic procedures around. There is also no denying the fact that maintenance is required. If a veneer were to chip or break, it would need to be replaced because an altered tooth cannot be without a cover.
It is not possible to apply a standard veneer, which is about as thick as a fingernail, over a tooth without some prep-work. The end-result would look bulky and unnatural. LUMINEER veneers are thinner, comparable to a contact lens, so direct application is possible without inhibiting the natural appeal of the smile.
To meet the needs of patients, and the standard of discerning cosmetic dentists, any treatment must offer longevity regarding results. For an ultra-thin veneer to be valuable, it must also retain structural durability for years. Many patients who have elected to enhance their smile with LUMINEERS remain happy with their fixtures two decades after treatment. This is in part due to the bonding process, which creates strength. It also has to do with the durability of cerinate porcelain, from which these no-prep veneers are made.
Your smile is in good hands with the team at Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) 627-9000 to learn more about LUMINEERS and traditional porcelain veneers.
Have you ever wished that you could have a completely new smile? Do you have broken, crooked, gapped or discolored teeth that are making you self-conscious? Don’t spend another moment wishing that you could have a movie star smile. Lerner and Lemongello, together with Lumineers can help give you the radiant, perfect smile that you’ve always wanted.
Lumineers are a form of porcelain veneer that are ultrathin and the perfect solution for creating a beautiful smile. Lumineers are custom made for each patient and are permanently adhered to the surface of each of your teeth to make them straighter, brighter or more evenly shaped. Lumineers can be manufactured to any shade of white and any shape or size that you would like.
Lumineers are made of durable porcelain that is not only strong but also resists staining. This means that you will maintain the beauty of your investment for years and years to come. In fact, with proper care and maintenance, Lumineers will look beautiful for 10-15 years.
While Lumineers are not inexpensive, they are by far the most dramatic improvement that you can make to your smile. If you’ve been seeking a near permanent solution to your imperfect smile, consider Lumineers today.
Contact Lerner and Lemongello today to learn more about Lumineers.
What kind of porcelain veneers do you use for smile makeovers? We are often asked this question. What is most important is not what type of porcelain veneers we use but that the right type of veneer is used for the situation. Not all patients are alike and not all teeth are the same. Some teeth are strong and need very little treatment while others may require something very strong to restore it. Different porcelain veneers are used based on what the patient needs to accomplish a beautiful long lasting result. Most often we prefer to be as minimally invasive as possible and use super thin Feldspathic veneers, CAD/CAM milled veneers or pressed veneers. Our goal is to use the right material for each patient.
Lumineers, What are my options? Lumineers are one type of porcelain veneer designed for prep-less or minimal preparation type porcelain veneer cases. It is important to realize that there is not just one certain brand of ceramic, one particular manufacturer, or one specific laboratory that can create prep-less veneers. The prep-less or minimal prep veneer is a technique, not a specific product. Any ceramic can be used, and there are many expert ceramists who can give you wonderful results. Success is reliant on the skill of the dentist and the ceramist. It is also dependent on case selection and proper diagnosis of what is the best material and technique to achieve the best result according to the patients’ expectation. Prep-less veneers may not be indicated for every case or even the majority of the cases but it should be available as an option. Like Dr. Lerner and Dr Lemongello the doctor needs to be versed and proficient in all techniques. In our office we will listen to your needs and provide guidance for you to make an informed choice.
Lumineers. Are they right for you? Lumineers, like traditional porcelain veneers, are ultra thin custom fabricated pieces of porcelain that are fabricated and bonded to the existing tooth to change its color, shape, position or to restore decay. Lumineers are marketed as requiring no removal of tooth structure to enhance your smile. The idea of removing mininmal amounts of tooth structure in the placement of veneers is not new. In our office the goal has always been to be as minimally invasive as possible when providing porcelain veneers to enhance a smile. Even though Lumineers claim to require no tooth removal this is not necessarily true. Unless your teeth are small with space between them some tooth structure may need to be reshaped to provide the proper fit of a porcelain veneer whether a Lumineer or traditional veneer. What is most important is to choose the right type of porcelain veneer for the situation being treated. The idea that one type of porcelain veneer will fit all situations is not true. If a Lumineer is the right choice they can be used. If not, than traditional porcelain veneer may be the best choice. It is important to choice a doctor that will spend the time to explain why a particular type of veneer is the right choice for you. You want a doctor that is well versed in all types of porcelain veneers with the proper training to perform these procedures. This way you can avoid the “one size fits all” mentality and build a relationship with a doctor that can provide what is best for you.