Lumineers® in Houston, TX

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What Are Lumineers?

Do you want to take your smile to the next level? Lumineers from our cosmetic team at Made Ya Smile Dental might be the solution for you. The gold standard in veneer treatments, Lumineers transform the teeth with little to no prep to create a balanced, brilliant smile. These cosmetic restorations are similar to traditional porcelain veneers in that they conveniently mask a number of cosmetic flaws. However, Lumineers are ultra-thin restorations and measure in at about 0.2 mm, which makes them about the thickness of a contact lens. Unlike porcelain veneers, Lumineers do not require a reduction of the tooth enamel to provide a comfortable and even fit. Lumineers are highly durable and long-lasting and also offer a translucency similar to that of tooth enamel for a natural appearance. To learn if Lumineers are right for your smile, schedule a consultation with our Houston, TX team today.

What Are the Benefits of Lumineers?

Lumineers can be a beautiful way to enhance the appearance of your smile. Many of our patients find there are several aesthetic benefits to this cosmetic procedure. The most common benefits of Lumineers include:

  • Brightens your smile
  • Straightens your teeth
  • Masks gaps
  • Improves the appearance of of small or misshapen teeth
  • A fast and effective treatment to rejuvenate your smile

Who Is a Candidate for Lumineers?

Lumineers can be an excellent smile makeover solution if you wish to correct cosmetic imperfections on your teeth or enhance your overall appearance. They are ideal for masking stained teeth, filling small spaces between teeth, and hiding chips, uneven edges, and mishappen teeth. There are, however, a few factors that must be considered before moving forward with your Lumineers procedure. A cosmetic consultation with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental can help you determine if this option is the right choice for your smile. Lumineers need a healthy foundation in order to serve your smile best.

Since Lumineers conveniently attach to the front surfaces of the teeth that show when you smile, the gums must be healthy and the tooth structure cavity-free. You must also have a bite (how your upper and lower teeth meet) that is in proper alignment. Lumineers are often regarded as "instant orthodontics," and can mask minor concerns, like slight crowding, gaps, and crooked teeth but do not reposition the teeth. If you have greater orthodontic needs, such as an overbite or underbite, treatment with orthodontics may be the best option for your smile at this time. Lumineers may not be suitable for patients who habitually clench or grind their teeth (bruxism).

How Do Lumineers Work?

Lumineers require very little preparation and are a noninvasive cosmetic procedure. These custom, minimal-prep veneers do not require any drilling or anesthetic and are generally very comfortable to receive. The Lumineers process takes two visits to complete. At your consultation or first visit, we will take impressions of your teeth and send these molds to our special Lumineers lab for fabrication. Our dentists will help you determine the shade of white that best meets your preferences and oral features. Since we will not need to remove any tooth enamel to place your Lumineers, you can avoid having to wear temporary restorations while yours are being created. After a week or two, we will have you return for your Lumineers to be permanently bonded to your teeth. We ensure a proper, comfortable fit while maintaining your underlying tooth structure. The Lumineers process is easy and pain-free and provides instant smile results.

How Can I Care for My Lumineers?

Lumineers do not require any removal of your tooth structure and carry no recovery time. Once your restorations are placed, you are free to enjoy your new smile. Since your Lumineers are bonded to your teeth with a strong cement, you can eat and drink whatever you like, but it is best to avoid chewing ice and biting down on hard objects, like pens or fingernails. When cared for with proper attention, your Lumineers can last up to 20 years. Like natural tooth structure, your restorations still require daily brushing and flossing to keep them in top shape. It is also important to maintain bi-annual cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Dental during which our dentists will check your Lumineers to make sure they are still in ideal condition.

Are Lumineers Covered by Dental Insurance?

Since Lumineers are a cosmetic treatment, dental insurance companies typically do not provide coverage benefits for these elective restorations. Our team will personalize your care to meet your unique cosmetic goals and review your treatment costs before beginning your procedure. Made Ya smile Dental accepts several payment methods, including low-interest financing plans to help make your treatment affordable and convenient. We can help you find a payment option right for your treatment plan and your budget.

Lumineers FAQ

Lumineers vs. Veneers: What is the difference?
Your dentist will have to grind down your teeth before they are able to place your veneers. Lumineers, however, are placed over your tooth. This way, the natural enamel of your teeth remains in tact. Lumineers are mainly used to improve small cosmetic imperfections, like cracks, chips, or color.

Can I whiten my Lumineers?
The color of your Lumineers cannot be changed or lightened once they have been bonded to your teeth. If you are interested in learning more about Lumineers for your teeth in Houston, TX, connect with our team to schedule a consultation.

Will my teeth decay under my Lumineers?
No, your teeth should not decay under your Lumineers. If you continue to follow a good oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing at least twice a day, your teeth should remain healthy under your Lumineers.

Lumineers Veneers

Are you ready to upgrade your smile? For many patients, Lumineers are the ultimate choice for transforming a dull or imperfect smile into an amazing cosmetic result. Our talented dentists are happy to customize treatment for each patient's individual smile preferences and oral health goals. To learn more about the highly aesthetic Lumineers, contact Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX today.

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