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    If you are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of your teeth Lumineers® may be the perfect option for you. These ultra-thin shells fit perfectly over the teeth, making them look cosmetically perfect. You know how dull, discolored teeth or a crooked smile can affect your confidence.  Lumineers® are an excellent option for patients who desire a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals or painful treatments.

    Unlike dental veneers, Lumineers® applied by your Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentist can be left in place for over 20 years or removed upon request to expose the original, intact teeth.  Lumineers® can be fitted in just two appointments, and instantly add pizzazz to the smile.

    Here are some of the problems that Lumineers® can solve:
    1. Large gaps between teeth.
    2. Misaligned teeth or misshapen teeth
    3. Stained teeth.
    4. Uneven gums and teeth.
    5. Unnatural looking bridges and crowns.

    How can Lumineers® benefit me?
    One of the greatest advantages of using Lumineers® is that they are ultra-thin – about the thickness of a contact lens – and no painful alterations of your natural teeth are required prior to application.  Injections of local anesthetic are unnecessary because no drilling is required, and the entire application can be completed in two visits. Lumineers® will last over 20 years with proper care but are removable since healthy tooth structure is not affected.

    How are Lumineers applied?

    During the first visit to Spokane Cosmetic Dental Office, we will thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure that no tooth decay or gum disease is present. Molds (or impressions) and X-rays are then taken to determine your bite. Working with you, we will choose the color of the Lumineers® and the desired level of transparency.  The bite impressions are sent to the laboratory to be custom-crafted.

    The Lumineers® are bonded to your teeth at the second appointment. Once the Lumineers® are in place we polish them until they are completely smooth.  This smooth surface helps repel bacteria and staining agents, leaving you with a healthy, beautiful smile that will last for many years to come!

    I recently spoke to you about veneers, focusing mostly on porcelain veneers. Many patients are also curious about Lumineers as an alternative to porcelain veneers, so today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about Lumineers.

    How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
    Lumineers is a trade name that refers to an ultra-thin, highly translucent material that replicates the natural appearance of enamel. Traditional veneers are much thicker and require grinding of your original tooth structure. The ultra-thin material used in Lumineers means that little or no adjustment to the original tooth is necessary. With proper care and oral hygiene, Lumineers will last for as long as 20 years.

    Is it painful to have Lumineers applied?
    Lumineers are a pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because of the ultra-thin material, most patients will get a perfect fit with no alteration necessary. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity. Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed.

    Will Lumineers eliminate the need for braces?
    In many cases, yes! Your Spokane Cosmetic Dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Lumineers can reshape the appearance of your teeth, making them look more even.

    What’s involved with a Lumineers procedure?
    On the first visit, we create a precise mold. Then we’ll discuss the shade of white that suits you best. The mold is then used to create your own custom fit set of Lumineers. During your second visit to our Spokane or Cheney Dental Office, your Lumineers are painlessly applied without shots or drilling of sensitive tooth structure.

    Can my Lumineers be removed?
    Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong, and now your smile is bright and beautiful!
    Both veneers and Lumineers are fairly recent developments in Cosmetic Dentistry, and many patients come to me looking for information about both applications. Either application provides an attractive and durable alternative to chipped or discolored teeth, but each has their own distinct properties. Today I'd like to explain the benefits of using porcelain veneers.

    Porcelain veneers look like your own teeth:
    One of the great advantages of porcelain veneers is that they are very natural looking. Also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement.

    Since porcelain veneers have a glass-like quality they have a unique advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques because of their translucent nature. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface by your Spokane Cosmetic Dentist, it closely mimics the light-handling characteristics of dental enamel, creating a natural-looking, bright smile. In fact, porcelain veneers are so natural-looking that they are virtually undetectable; most people won’t realize that you’ve had any type of cosmetic procedure at all.

    Veneers made of porcelain are stain resistant:
    As an inevitable part of the aging process everyone’s teeth will become worn and pitted to some extent, creating microscopic spaces for stain-producing foods like red wine and caffeine to cling to. This staining builds up over time and can create a dull-looking smile. Because of their smooth, glass-like finish, porcelain veneers have the benefit of being highly stain-resistant. This means you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without the worry of staining.

    It requires only a few visits to our Spokane or Cheney Dental Office to complete the application of porcelain veneers and transform your smile, but your dentist is the best person to determine if this application is right for your particular situation.