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A South East London dentist explains what Lumineers are

10 / 02 / 2010

Lumineers sound like they have something to do with brightness; as in the French word Luminiere which defines light. A South East London dentist says that the definition is spot on. Lumineers are to teeth what contact lenses are to eyes, they are a thin veneer that fit over the tooth as a contact lens fits over the eye. Unlike a veneer or a crown there is literally no reduction in the thickness of the tooth, a veneer and a crown both need some filing of the thickness of the tooth in order to make them fit properly. A lumineer is much thinner and the dentist needs to just roughen up the surface of the tooth in order to get a good contact with the dental cement. The pain level and the discomfort level are greatly reduced and so is the time you’ll sit in the dentist chair, the procedure is however much the same as a veneer and crown. A digital photo is taken of the tooth and then the lumineer is made very quickly, it is then just fitted like a false nail is fitted. The life span varies depending on how you care for it, but most dentists will gladly say it can last from 5 to 10 years, and they are reversible as well. In most cases they will not only take care of discoloured teeth, but they also solve the problem of misaligned teeth and gaps. Big gaps and strong misalignment will still need to be dealt with using more prolonged methods, Lumineers must be thought of as a cosmetic solution to smile problems. It is also a lot less expensive, and most people will qualify for this new age answer to the smile problem that plagues the life of a lot of people. Red wine drinkers and smokers are particularly prone to teeth discolour, and lumineers are the perfect answer.

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