Advantages of Lumineers vs. Traditional Veneers

If you are unhappy with your smile, it might be time to consider visiting a Philadelphia cosmetic dentist.  Cosmetic dentistry includes any kind of dentistry—whether it be restoring a tooth or replacing missing teeth—that will create a smile that will improve someone’s appearance, says David A. Tecosky, DMD, an expert in Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry.  One option for improving the appearance of your teeth is to have a dental professional apply one or more veneers.  A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve aesthetics or to protect a damaged tooth surface.

How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?

David A. Tecosky, DMD says that Lumineers are special, real thin veneers that don’t require extensive preparation or major changes to the existing teeth.  He calls the process “minimally invasive dentistry,” when compared with other veneers where a Philadelphia cosmetic dentist may be required to reshape teethe significantly in order to make room for the veneer.

How do you decide whether or not a patient is a candidate for Lumineers?

Usually a veneer would be used for a single tooth that’s totally different shape- and color-wise from the adjacent teeth.  Lumineers are for when someone has relatively good alignment of teeth, but really wants to brighten them up in more of a permanent way than bleaching creates; someone who wants a longer-lasting cosmetic result.  Tecosky warns that significantly chipped or broken teeth may require more than just Lumineers.

What is the Lumineer application process like?

David A. Tecosky, DMD will not generally begin the process of applying Lumineers on new patients until he has assessed their full dental health.  You should always consult a professional in Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry prior to application to avoid inflammation caused by applying a Lumineer on top of tartar buildup or on a tooth with unhealthy gums.  The first Lumineer appointment should take about an hour once dental health has been assessed, Tecosky says, followed by a second visit where the veneers are applied and cemented to the teeth.  The time involved on the second visit depends on the number of Lumineers being applied, but quite often with Lumineers a patient would not require anesthesia during the process.  Many traditional veneers would need to be applied under anesthesia, which is another advantage of Lumineers over more traditional methods.

For more information about Lumineers or other veneer options, consult a cosmetic dentistry professional.


David A. Tecosky, DMD is a Philadelphia dentist

2438 Brown Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: 215-236-6200

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