How Do Lumineers® Work and Are They Right For You?

If you are unhappy with your teeth due to an uneven appearance or bite, you don’t have to deal with a full mouth of metal for months and months to get the smile you deserve. Lumineers® can provide an instant upgrade for your smile that’s both easy to achieve and long lasting.

At Marina Landing Family Dental in Alameda, California, Dr. Dharia can help you learn how the Lumineers treatment delivers a dazzling smile you’ll be proud to show off when eating or speaking.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are thin porcelain shells called veneers that attach permanently to the front faces of your teeth, providing a bright, white, beautiful smile. This method covers imperfections like stains, chips, cracks, or discolorations, as well as improves your bite. 

Lumineers are typically as thin as a contact lens and bond to your teeth using a tiny layer of cement, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers don’t remove any tooth enamel in the application process.

Most dentists prefer porcelain as the material for veneers because it matches tooth color, shine, and surface quality extremely closely. Porcelain is also incredibly strong when bonded to the tooth surface, and your gum tissue won’t have an adverse reaction to it.

What is the Lumineers process?

Dr. Dharia can typically complete the entire Lumineers process in just two to three office visits. During the first visit, she’ll take a mold of your teeth, which the Lumineers will be made to fit perfectly. On the second visit, Dr. Dharia will check the fit of the fabricated veneers and, if they are correct, cement them in place. Your veneers will then be permanent! You can expect them to last 20 years or longer without the need for replacement.

After veneer placement

Caring for your new veneers is simple: Use the same at-home oral hygiene regimen your dentist recommends for healthy natural teeth, and see Dr. Dharia twice a year for an oral exam and dental cleaning. Your new smile will be brilliant for years to come, and you’ll find that eating and speaking is easy and natural.

If you’re ready for a smile upgrade and think Lumineers could be right for you, call our Alameda, California dental office for a consultation with Dr. Dharia today.

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