Upgrade Your Grin With Lumineers

Your smile is one of your most prominent features. It can leave a good impression on others, make you look friendlier, and appear more attractive to others. If you are self-conscious of your pearly whites due to discoloration or unevenness, there are several ways you can improve. One way is with Lumineers, a thinner alternative to veneers. Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, are here today to explain what these are.

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Who Can Get Lumineers

Before a cosmetic dental enhancement, you will first need a consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to ensure this is a good option for your needs. Lumineers can address visual problems, like intrinsic discoloration, minor chips, or misshaped teeth. If there are concerns, such as gingivitis or cavities, they will need to be treated before proceeding. The shells placed on your teeth for this cosmetic improvement cannot be added to an area that has tooth decay. If the cavity is not treated, it will continue to progress and can result in an infection. Your gums must be in good health, too, so that your teeth stay in place and can support the cover.

How Lumineers Differ From Veneers

This enhancement is a slimmer alternative to Veneers. It also requires less preparation, which can make it a good option for patients looking for a more conservative cosmetic approach. With veneers, a portion of your enamel will need to be shaved down before adding the porcelain. Instead, the thinner version does not require such extensive preparation.

If you are looking for more conservative ways to achieve a symmetrical smile, there is also the option of bonding and contouring. Bonding uses composite resin to cover blemishes that cannot be removed with whitening, and contouring reshapes slightly misshapen teeth.

Restoring Damaged Smiles

Some patients may be interested in cosmetic options to fix the appearance of damaged teeth. Minimal chips or cracks can be covered with this option, but for more severe problems, restorations may be more viable. For example, if you have broken a tooth, you should have a crown placed over it. This not only helps it appear healthy but protects it from further harm or infection. Lumineers only cover the front of your teeth, and do not restore damage. If you have periodontal disease, you will need deep cleanings to manage your symptoms before any esthetic improvements can be made. During your consultation, your dentist can discuss what the best method of treatment may be for you.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are interested in Lumineers, or another cosmetic service, book a consultation today. You can contact Dr. Browne’s team in Prairie Village, KS, by calling (913) 901-8585.