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Can Lumineers Fix a Chipped Tooth?
Lumineers® is a brand name for ultra-thin, high-strength veneers that mimic the aesthetic of natural teeth. They are a fast and convenient fix for several minor cosmetic issues.
A comparison of Lumineers and other veneers
Like other brands of veneers, Lumineers cover a variety of superficial imperfections. Dentists use veneers as a minimally invasive restoration for a minor fracture or break. The restorations also hide discoloration, small gaps, and slightly crooked teeth.
How do Lumineers distinguish themselves from other brand-name and generic veneers? For starters, Lumineers are made of Cerinate, a proprietary ceramic compound. The makers of Lumineers shape the ceramic into wafer-thin laminate shells. Here are the standout qualities of this type of veneer:
- At only 0.2mm thick, Lumineers are much thinner than conventional veneers that are typically twice as thick
- This means that a dentist gets to remove a thinner layer of enamel
- In some cases, the dentist can get away with attaching Lumineers without removing any enamel. This is the reason why Lumineers hold the title of “no-prep” veneers
- The ceramic laminate used to make Lumineers is quite durable, which explains the thinness of this make of veneer
Lumineers are custom restorations that mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth. Dentists will design them in a shade of white that blends perfectly with their patient’s teeth.
How dentists fit Lumineers to fix minor chips in teeth
A dentist always starts treatment with an evaluation, a diagnosis, and the crafting of a treatment plan. They will recommend Lumineers if they are the most suitable option for an individual patient.
If the patient agrees to Lumineers, the dentist will start by cleaning the targeted tooth. They will either file off a thin layer of enamel or use a dental sanding machine to roughen the tooth’s surface. Next, the dentist will take an impression or scan of the patient’s teeth. They will send the mold or scans to a dental lab that fabricates custom veneers that complement the shape and color of the patient’s teeth.
The patient will go home and wait as the lab makes their veneers. Once the dentist receives the custom Lumineers, they will schedule a second visit with their patient. They will attach the veneers to the target teeth and smooth out any rough edges.
Benefits of Lumineers
Enamel does not grow back, so the less enamel the dentist removes, the better. A dentist can get away with attaching Lumineers without removing enamel. This means that the placement of Lumineers can be reversible. In contrast, the fitting of regular veneers is irreversible. Even better, a patient can wait for their Lumineers without the need for temporary veneers.
Drawbacks of Lumineers
Thicker porcelain veneers do a better job of hiding imperfections like a moderately-sized chip. They also have a longer lifespan. On both these counts, traditional veneers have an advantage over Lumineers.
It is also worth noting that a dentist may recommend veneers if a chipped tooth needs structural reinforcement. The reason for this choice is that porcelain veneers offer more solid support than Lumineers.
A brand new smile could be in the cards for you
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