What Are Lumineers?

By Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC
February 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Lumineers  

There's nothing better than a great smile. When you know your teeth look good, you feel more confident and sure of yourself. Unfortunately, many people don't have perfect teeth naturally. Stains, gaps, and other problems can make you feel embarrassed to open your mouth. Luckily, there is a solution. Lumineers from Robert L. Wyler, DDS, SC, your dentist in Waukesha, WI, hide a multitude Lumineersof problems and drastically improve your smile.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded to your teeth to mask imperfections. Since Lumineers are as thin as contact lenses, they don't feel bulky or uncomfortable.

What types of problems can Lumineers handle?

Lumineers are a good choice if your teeth are slightly crowded or misaligned. If your alignment problem is severe, braces may be a better option. Lumineers are also appropriate for these cosmetic issues:

  • Stains or discolorations
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Small or oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn teeth

How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?

Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers. Before traditional veneers can be attached to your teeth, the front surfaces of the teeth must be filed down to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Lumineers are so thin that this step usually isn't necessary. If no reduction is needed, you won't need local anesthesia and won't have to worry about tooth sensitivity, which can occur after the teeth are filed. Lumineers can also be easily removed and can be used over crowns and bridges.

How long does the process take?

Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth during your first visit. A dental laboratory will use this impression to create custom Lumineers that will fit your mouth perfectly. You'll also pick the shade of your Lumineers during this visit. A week or two later, they'll be ready. During your next visit, your dentist will check the fit of your Lumineers and then apply them to your teeth in just about an hour.

Are you ready to improve your smile with Lumineers? Call Waukesha,WI dentist, Robert L. Wyler, DDS, SC, at (262) 784-5757 and make an appointment today.