If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your teeth and would like a beautiful new smile, chances are you’ve considered porcelain veneers. However, the idea of a receiving a local anesthetic and the fact that your dentist would have to shave off part of your natural tooth as part of the preparation process just isn’t very appealing.
In this describes your feelings, you might be interested in another type of dental veneer that has increased in popularity over recent years – Lumineers (aka – ultrathin veneers).
In principle, ultrathin veneers work the same as the standard type. However, they are thinner (about the same thickness as a contact lens) and require much less preparation. In fact, most ultrathin veneers can be applied with very little removal of tooth enamel. In most cases, there isn’t even need for a local anesthetic.
How it Works
The process for forming and applying ultrathin veneers is typically completed in two visits.
Visit one: Following the initial planning phase, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, resulting in a mold that is sent to a special laboratory. This impression is taken without any need to drill or shave any part of your tooth.
A dental technician will work on constructing your ultrathin veneers. A second appointment will be scheduled in one to two weeks for placement.
Visit two: First, your dentist will check the veneers against your natural teeth to see how they fit. Next, he will lightly etch your teeth to provide an adequate bonding surface; however, drilling is typically unnecessary. Your dentist will then place the veneers on your teeth one by one, checking your bite for normalcy. Following some minor adjustments, the procedure is complete.
Making the Right Choice
Since drilling and local anesthetic are typically unnecessary, many patients find the use of ultrathin veneers ideal for their circumstances. However, it must be noted that some dentists and patients feel that standard veneers have a more natural appearance and are easier to get accustomed to.