Transform Your Entire Smile with High-Quality Veneers and Lumineers® from Southfield Family Dental Center
Dental Veneers and Lumineers® can dramatically rejuvenate your smile by covering up a variety of cosmetic imperfections.
Are you embarrassed by chips, cracks, stains, gaps, or a slightly crooked alignment?
Veneers or Lumineers® may be your solution. Our experienced dentists offer a variety of dental veneer options including porcelain veneers and Lumineers®. We offer a free consultation that includes an explanation of the process, as well as outlines your options.
What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers®?
Great question! Both types of dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite material is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. However, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits of veneers include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.
Both traditional dental porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are custom-made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth. To adhere traditional dental veneers, some preparation of the tooth’s surface is required. A Lumineer® is a brand of porcelain veneer, however placing it requires no tooth preparation, so the affected tooth is preserved in its entirety. Lumineers® are also made of a very thin, durable material called Cerinate® ceramic. Because it is so thin, Cerinate® ceramic may eliminate the need for drilling or injections.
Our Six Step Process for Applying Veneers:
- Removal of any decay and old fillings on the tooth.
- Make room for the veneer by removing a small amount of enamel.
- Determine the shape, size and shade of the tooth by taking an impression of the prepped tooth.
- Send the impression of your tooth to a dental lab where the veneer is made.
- Make and place temporary veneer while waiting for the permanents to come back from the lab.
- Check the color, size and shape of the permanent veneer to ensure a proper fit prior to polishing and applying permanent veneer.
Dental Veneers and Lumineers® are One of Our Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Because of their versatility, many patients in our Michigan cosmetic dental office request veneers to solve a variety of their dental imperfections, including:
Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking, and taking certain medications, etc.
Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.
Wear and Tear
Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.
If you are unhappy with your smile and are considering veneers or Lumineers, give us a call at (248) 234-9987. Our experienced cosmetic dentists specialize in veneers and will happily go over your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: LUMINEERS are unique in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. While traditional veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure, LUMINEERS are so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Additionally, the durability of LUMINEERS allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 20 years.
A: No. LUMINEERS and LUMINEERS in LUMITray are exclusive, one-of-a-kind products of LUMINEERS Smile Design Studio at Den-Mat Holdings, LLC, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of professional dental materials.
A: Rest assured, the LUMINEERS procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because they are ultra-thin, in most cases you will get a perfect fit without shots or grinding down of the original tooth structure. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means LUMINEERS will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed.
A: In most cases, yes! Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, LUMINEERS will reshape your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform, as well as whiter- something you don’t get with braces.
A: Clinical testing has proven that a LUMINEERS smile lasts and looks great for over 20 years. LUMINEERS also offer a limited lifetime warranty that allows for a replacement of each unit at no charge. Some restrictions apply.
A: The LUMINEERS process takes only 2 visits to your dentist, and the placement of LUMINEERS on the second visit takes, on average, only about one hour.
A: On the first visit, your dentist will create a precise mold. Then you and your dentist will determine the shade of white that is right for you. After your first visit, your dentist will send the mold off to LUMINEERS Smile Design Studio for your custom LUMINEERS to be created. With LUMINEERS, you don’t have to wear temporaries. When your dentist receives your custom LUMINEERS, they are checked for fit and shade. Then during your second visit, your LUMINEERS are painlessly applied without shots or drilling of sensitive tooth structure. And you’re ready to start smiling out loud!
A: Drink and eat what you want with confidence because LUMINEERS are applied in the most durable way possible. However, LUMINEERS don’t replace good hygiene, so you should continue to visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning to keep your LUMINEERS looking their best, and the rest of your teeth and gums healthy.
A: Yes, 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.
A: LUMINEERS have been improving smiles for over 20 years. In fact, more than 13,000 dentists nationwide use LUMINEERS, and over 250,000 people already have LUMINEERS…of course, you’d never know because they look so perfect and natural.