Many patients want a brighter, cleaner, more attractive smile but have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or even slightly crooked front teeth. If this sounds like you, Dr. Mick will be glad to evaluate your situation, listen to the exact changes you have in mind, and talk to you about how custom porcelain veneers and Lumineers in Reynoldsburg, OH might be able to help. Often, this treatment can transform your entire smile in just a few short appointments!
A veneer is a thin type of dental restoration typically made out of porcelain. It’s made to fit exactly over your teeth to cover up multiple imperfections at once. We can personalize your veneer so that it looks completely natural in your mouth; most people won’t be able to tell that you had dental work done and will only notice your dazzling new grin.
Lumineers are similar to veneers, but the main difference is that they’re even thinner. As such, they can often be attached to your teeth right away without needing to file off any enamel first. This makes them a more conservative option that can be reversed later on if you want.
First, we’ll examine your mouth to make sure that you aren’t suffering from tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral health issues. Any existing problems will need to be treated before you can have any sort of cosmetic treatment done. Then, if you’re getting traditional veneers, we will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. You’ll be given temporary veneers to wear while an offsite lab fabricates your permanent ones. Once your veneers arrive, we’ll schedule a second appointment to attach them to your teeth.
If you choose to have Lumineers placed, we won’t need to prepare your teeth beforehand, and there won’t be any temporaries to worry about. That said, it will still take at least two appointments to place Lumineers – one to take impressions of your mouth, and one to place the final restorations on your smile.
Why choose veneers and Lumineers to enhance your smile? There are several good reasons:
There are several factors you’ll need to consider before you commit to getting veneers or Lumineers. Naturally, you’ll want to take the cost of the treatment into account. During your initial consultation, our team can give you an estimate of how much you can expect to pay for veneers or Lumineers; we’ll also help you explore the available financial options that make it easier to fit cosmetic dentistry into your budget.
Veneers and Lumineers are not your only options when it comes to transforming your smile. Our practice offers other cosmetic treatments as well, and each one has its own price attached. Here’s an overview of some of our cosmetic options and how much you can expect to pay for them:
Most dental insurance companies won’t cover cosmetic treatments. As such, you usually can’t expect your dental insurance plan to help pay for veneers and Lumineers. You can, however, apply for financing with CareCredit or Lending Club to make your cosmetic treatment more affordable. Both CareCredit and Lending Club offer payment plans that will let you pay for your veneers or Lumineers in budget-friendly monthly installments. Call our office today to learn more about how financing works at our office as well as what steps you can take to apply for a plan.
Are you interested in using veneers or Lumineers to transform your smile? Reach out to us today to start learning more! We can answer any questions you have about these cosmetic options so that you can decide for yourself whether they’re right for your personal grin. The following FAQs include several questions that we’ve heard from multiple patients in the past. If you don’t see one of the questions that are on your mind, feel free to give us a call.
Neither veneers nor Lumineers are permanent; at some point, they will need to be replaced due to wear and tear. You can help your restorations last as long as possible by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our office for checkups.
While veneers don’t last forever, they are considered irreversible because they can only be placed after small amounts of enamel have been filed away. That means that the treated teeth will always need to be covered by veneers or crowns for protection. Lumineers, meanwhile, don’t require any changes to your natural dental structure. As such, you can have them removed later if you want.
Veneers and Lumineers change the thickness of your teeth, which can cause a lisp when you try to pronounce certain words. For most people, the lisp occurs when pronouncing words containing “s” or “v” sounds.
Generally speaking, the lisp will be temporary. It will eventually go away once your tongue is used to moving in a way that takes your veneers or Lumineers into account. Practice can help speed up the process, so try reading aloud and repeating any words that are giving you trouble. If necessary, we can adjust the thickness of your veneers or Lumineers so that they don’t cause a lisp.
Unfortunately, discolored veneers and Lumineers can’t be whitened the same way as your natural teeth. If your restorations become stained, they will likely need to be replaced, although in some cases it might be possible to simply re-shade them.
Remember that while whitening doesn’t work on veneers and Lumineers, it still affects the rest of your teeth. To avoid giving your smile an uneven tone, it’s recommended that you have teeth whitening performed before getting veneers or Lumineers. That way the restorations can be designed to match the rest of your newly brightened grin.
Veneers and Lumineers are not recommended if: