Lumineers a terrific cosmetic solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth, or even to revitalize old crown and bridgework.
Lumineers are a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring painful removal of sensitive tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)
Lumineers can only be made from patented Cerinate porcelain. This revolutionary porcelain is crafted through a proprietary process unavailable anywhere other than the Cerinate Smile Design Studios owned by Den-Mat Corporation.
In just two or three visits to the dentist, Lumineers provides a custom-made smile clinically proven to last over 20 years.
The natural color of teeth is not white. They are typically a shade of either yellow or gray and tooth color varies from person to person. The procedure to whiten teeth is fairly simple but there are some rules that need to be followed to achieve and maintain good results.
There are many reasons why teeth can become discolored. The major reasons are:
There are a few different ways that we can whiten your teeth in the office. We can whiten them from the outside in or the inside out. The inside-out method, which is known as internal bleaching, is only an option for teeth that have previously had root canal treatment.
This means that the color of the teeth is lightened by placing a whitening solution on the outside of the teeth. This is also known as “laser” or “power” bleaching. We will put a rubber seal around your teeth to protect your gums. Then, the bleaching gel is painted onto your teeth and a special, bright light is pointed at them. This light speeds up the whitening process. The procedure takes one to two hours.
Some patients report a temporary increase in sensitivity. Tender gums are also a known side effect especially if you are whitening at home and use too much of the whitening solution. Remember that if a little is good that a lot will not make your teeth any whiter.
NO! There is no whitening solution for most dental work such as fillings, crowns, veneers, and partial or full dentures. If the color of your teeth matches the color of your dental work before whitening, the color of your teeth will most likely be a different color after whitening than the color of the dental work after whitening. You are making a commitment to replacing those restorations if you whiten your teeth. We typically wait a few weeks after any whitening treatment to replace these restorations since we want to match the new color and we want the color to stabilize before choosing a color for the new restorations.
Your gums must also be healthy and any decay must be treated since both of these can be a cause of sensitivity during whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening is not recommended for children whose teeth are still developing or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.