Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers that require minimal to no reduction of the patient's natural tooth which preserves the natural tooth structure. The procedure begins with taking detailed a dental impression of the patient's teeth. Next, molds to be used in the development of the lumineers are created. The specifications are sent to a laboratory where the lumineers will be crafted from medical-grade porcelain. Once they're ready, a special etching solution is applied over the teeth to ensure a strong bond before bonding the lumineers in place with dental cement.

Ideal candidates are healthy individuals suffering from misshaped or misaligned teeth. Lumineers are also an ideal treatment to close irregular gaps between teeth and to mask discoloured, stained or worn out teeth. Patients suffering from gum disease or unhealthy oral tissues are not good candidates.

The typical cost ranges from $800-$2000 per tooth. There are several factors that can influence the final cost including the number of teeth to be treated, the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon's level of expertise and the geographic location of the procedure.

There is no recovery time required and minimal irritation and discomfort is experienced. Patients are advised to maintain proper oral hygiene and avoid eating sticky or hard foods. The veneers can be polished so the risk of staining them with food or drink after the procedure is greatly reduced. If all instructions are followed diligently, the lumineers can last for a period of 15-20 years.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...