Veneers and Lumineers

Veneers and Lumineers

If you are looking for a new or fresh smile, veneers may be a great option for you.  A veneer is a porcelain or resin shell that is placed on top of your tooth to improve or change its appearance.

Am I a Candidate?

If you have any of the following, you may be a great candidate for veneers:

  • A chipped tooth.
  • A cracked tooth.
  • A stained tooth.
  • A discolored tooth.
  • Gaps in your teeth.
  • A misshaped tooth.

What is the process?

Veneers can usually be placed in two to three appointments.  One appointment is necessary to do an assessment of your teeth and a consultation, where we will possibly take measurements or x-rays.  The next step is for Dr. Paul to remove a very small amount of tooth enamel, which may be done using local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.  This removal is necessary to ensure the veneer looks natural when bonded to your tooth.  Afterwards, impressions or a model of your tooth is taken to send to the dental lab so that they can customize your veneer.  If necessary, a temporary veneer will be placed over your tooth until the final veneer is placed.  After the veneer has been created, Dr. Paul will place it on your tooth using a strong cement, and will fashion it or shape it to ensure it fits comfortably.  After a couple weeks, he will want to see you again to ensure your bite is comfortable and to ensure your gums are responding properly.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a special type of veneer that are as thin as a contact lense and can be placed without any tooth reduction or anethestic.  This is a reversible, non-invasive procedure that achieves the same result as a veneer more quickly.  For more information, visit their website: http://www.lumineers.com/.