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When are Lumineers Recommended?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lumineers is the brand name for a specific type of dental veneer used in cosmetic dentistry to repair a multitude of dental imperfections.

Lumineers can be placed in two visits, in most cases require no anesthetic, and the treatment is reversible, if needed. The porcelain used is extremely thin allowing very little (if any) of dental enamel to be removed. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend these veneers to correct:

  • Stained teeth – Many topical stains can be removed, but for stubborn intrinsic stains no amount of whitening or bleaching will eliminate discoloration. Lumineers are extremely thin tooth shaped covers that are permanently attached to stained teeth providing a permanent bright smile.
  • Chipped teeth – A chipped tooth in the smile line can spoil your appearance. Lumineers can make a chipped tooth appear whole again.
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth – These veneers can make teeth appear symmetrical without years of treatment or wearing dental orthotics.
  • Undesirable gaps between teeth – Those spaces appear closed in no time!

Lumineers are ideal for patients that have dental anxiety in that this treatment does not require needles, grinding on teeth, or the whirring of a dental drill. Patients can enjoy having whiter, straighter teeth without the anxiety and discomfort that accompany similar treatments.

Recommendations for teeth treated with these veneers include:

  • Do not bite onto extremely hard surfaces like rock candy or ice.
  • Habits like chewing fingernails or pens/pencils should be discontinued.
  • Consuming dark beverages that are known for staining like coffee, tea, red wine, etc. should be limited. Although porcelain is popular for its ability to resist stain, just like teeth, discoloring can occur.
  • For remaining natural teeth not covered with Lumineers, yellowing from smoking or any tobacco use can spoil an otherwise new and bright smile.
  • Limiting sugary snacks and beverages will not only promote improved dental health, but overall health will benefit as well.
  • Adhere to any other instructions provided by your cosmetic dentist to maximize the longevity of your new dental veneers.

Caring for Lumineers requires the same oral hygiene regimen used for natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day with the recommended tooth paste or gel along with semi-annual visits to the dentist for cleaning and exam will provide years of enjoyment from your dental Lumineers. Call 312-328-9007 for an appointment today.



I am considering cosmetic dentistry, what questions should I ask my dentist?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, there are treatments that range from subtle improvements all the way to major differences. Finding a cosmetic dentist that you trust should be your first and foremost concern. If your regular dentist cannot provide the services you desire, ask for a recommendation.

A consultation with our cosmetic dentist to get an honest assessment of the best course of treatment can produce the plan that will provide the improvements you want.

Questions should include:

  • My teeth are dull and drab – will teeth whitening give me a Hollywood smile? Zoom! in-office teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades in one brief appointment.
  • My teeth are stained from medication, but the stains are very spotty – what are my options? If Zoom! in-office teeth whitening is not sufficient to remove stain, dental bonding is available to cover those spots with tooth colored composite resin.
  • If I have a few misshapen teeth, or gaps between teeth, do I need to wear braces? Patients that are dealing with a considerable malocclusion should discuss their options. However, if desired changes are merely cosmetic, porcelain veneers might be the perfect solution.
  • If I select veneers, what if I am unhappy with the result? With Lumineers, the veneers that cover dental imperfections can be reversed. Traditional dental veneers are permanent, so if you are unhappy with the result your only option is additional treatment.
  • What options do I have to replace lost teeth? There are several considerations; however, the choice that provides the closest to replacing original teeth is with dental implants. Aesthetics and functionality are completely restored.
  • Will my insurance cover treatment? If treatment is deemed medically necessary (teeth lost or oral injuries as a result of an accident, for example), in some instances insurance may be accepted for some procedures. However, cosmetic dentistry performed for purely aesthetic purposes is generally an out-of-pocket expense.
  • Will I need anesthetic? Depending on the procedure, this is a good possibility. Teeth whitening, Lumineers, and minimal dental bonding are just about the only cosmetic corrections performed without it.

An informed patient that enters into cosmetic care with a trusted and talented dental professional and realistic expectations will not be disappointed with the results.  Consult with our experienced cosmetic dental team at Ora Dental Studio to schedule an appointment to discuss your options today.



How Dental Crowns Can Help Restore Teeth

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

There are several circumstances where dental crowns are the ideal treatment to give the patient the best chance to save their tooth:

  • Dental decay – When a tooth has been repaired due to decay, subsequent fillings could do more harm than good. At this point a crown, onlay, or inlay may be the best course of action.
  • Cracked/broken tooth – If a tooth sustains a crack or break, the tooth can be saved by protecting it with a crown.
  • Endodontic therapy – When infection is present, a tooth may require a root canal to relieve discomfort and prevent an abscess from forming. After this treatment, quite often a crown is the final step as a means to seal the opening created to remove the nerve from the tooth.
  • Fixed denture – When tooth loss does occur, patients that request a denture that is permanently affixed require the denture be anchored by placing crowns on the abutment teeth that hold the denture in place.
  • Dental implants – Another form of restoring one or more missing teeth is with implants. A dental crown is permanently placed over the implant at the conclusion of treatment to provide a restoration that will look and function as well as natural teeth.

When a natural tooth is capped with a crown, the tooth itself is altered and the crown is fabricated to cover the remaining base of the tooth. The crown will likely be stronger than the broken or decayed biological tooth, and allows the patient to have fully restored function.

The crown will have the same contour and color as the natural tooth it is covering. Today’s materials appear so lifelike, it is virtually impossible to tell which tooth has been treated.

By recommending a dental crown, your dentist is saving you from potential tooth loss. Patients that prefer to have a tooth extracted rather than try to save it can incur problems connected to speech, eating, or loss of self-confidence. A dental crown is an excellent option to avoid these problems, and maintain great oral health.

Contact our experienced dental team at 312-328-9007 to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.