Traditional veneers are a method of tooth restoration that allows patients to enjoy a whiter, more natural looking smile. Designed of ceramic and porcelain, these standard veneers effectively conceal imperfections while mimicking the look, shape, and feel of your natural teeth. These traditional veneers typically require only a minimal amount of preparation so that most of your natural tooth can be saved.
The Lumineer Difference
Lumineers are a specific brand of porcelain veneers that have distinct advantages over those that are traditional. While Lumineers provide a patient with all the benefits, they can get from traditional porcelain veneers, using them often requires no preparation of the tooth. This means that your natural teeth can be preserved in their entirety. Standard porcelain veneers often require that your teeth be ground down. Also, Lumineers are designed of a certain type of ceramic — Cerinate — which is an extremely thin material. This could eliminate the necessity of injections or drilling with no compromise to the durability of your restorative procedure.
Longevity of Lumineers
Lumineers have a long history of satisfying patients. For more than 30 years, Lumineers have been making smiles better. In fact, across the nation, there are over 13,000 dentists — including GBP! — that stand behind Lumineers and the benefits that they offer patients. More than one million Lumineer units have been placed on happy patients’ teeth across the country.
How Long Can Lumineers Last?
In case studies of patients across the United States, Lumineers have lasted for more than 20 years and counting! Just because you choose Lumineers to make your smile more beautiful doesn’t mean that you have to change your lifestyle to retain that beauty. Once you have the Lumineers applied to your natural teeth, you don’t have to follow a special diet. Feel free to eat sticky foods and chew your favorite brand of gum without fear that your Lumineers will be adversely affected.
That being said, you’ll still need to practice good dental hygiene to keep your entire mouth healthy. Be sure to visit GBP on a regular basis for your dental checkups, cleanings, and x-rays as recommended by our dental team. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss them at least once each day.
In spite of the how long Lumineers last, they can still be removed at a later date if you want. The reason why Lumineers are reversible — unlike standard porcelain veneers — is that in most cases, patients won’t have to have any of their teeth ground down to fit the Lumineers. Underneath them are your natural teeth — strong and intact.
At Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics (GBP), we provide our patients with many restorative, cosmetic and general dentistry services. Because we care about our patients and their oral health, GBP partners with each one to deliver the care and treatment that help residents of Baltimore, Towson, and the surrounding areas to have the smile they’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!