Answering Patient Questions About Lumineers®

When it comes to improving the look of their teeth, patients have plenty of services to choose from. If you want to enhance your smile and would like to discover more about your options for cosmetic dentistry in Austin, then keep reading to learn the answers to common questions about Lumineers®.

What is the difference between veneers and Lumineers®?

Lumineers® are thinner and more translucent than traditional veneers, which means that they can better mimic natural tooth enamel. Also, less of the tooth’s original structure needs to be removed before placing Lumineers® when compared to veneers.

Is the procedure painful?

Because little to no tooth structure needs to be removed for the placement of Lumineers®, the procedure is pain-free and usually does not require shots to numb the area. Also, there is no post-procedure sensitivity or discomfort.

Are Lumineers® an alternative to braces?

Lumineers® are not orthodontic treatments and cannot be used to reposition your bite. However, this cosmetic dentistry procedure can be used to improve the appearance of your smile by concealing gaps and making your teeth appear straighter. Because of this, Lumineers® can be a good alternative to braces for patients who want to enjoy a straighter and enhanced smile.

Are Lumineers® permanent?

Yes, Lumineers® are permanently affixed to the teeth and can last for more than 20 years. However, because most cases require no grinding down of the natural teeth, the Lumineers® procedure is often completely reversible.

Do I need to change my diet with Lumineers®?

When affixed to your teeth, Lumineers® are applied in a way that is designed to last. Also, the Lumineers® themselves are proven to be durable. These facts mean that you can eat, drink, and chew gum just as you always have.

What should I expect from the procedure?

After determining if you’re a good candidate for Lumineers®, your dentist will create a detailed mold of your teeth. This mold will be used to create your custom Lumineers®, which will be put in place during a second visit.

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