At The MIAMI Institute, we provide customized services that are tailored to our patients’ personal smile needs and concerns. That includes the way we approach comprehensive smile makeovers. No one treatment is right for everyone, even when it comes to dental veneers. That’s why the doctor offers several veneer options, including Minimal Prep Lumineers.
Dental veneers cover a multitude of aesthetic irregularities, making them an excellent choice of treatment during your smile makeover. With a veneer, you can refrain from restoring the entire tooth – yet cover the surface of the tooth enamel that is visible when you talk or smile.
A dental veneer is essentially a thin layer of material that is bonded over the front of the tooth, changing its appearance . As the doctor places several veneers side-by-side, he paints a picture that transforms the entire appearance of your smile.
Lumineers are thin dental veneers that are bonded directly to your natural tooth. This makes them different from conventional porcelain veneers, in that less tooth preparation is necessary. Not only does this make the process more efficient, it also allows them to be completely reversible if you choose at any time to have your Lumineers removed*.
Compared to traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are more conservative option. Rather than removing a thin surface layer of enamel, the doctor will gently condition it to open up the pores. This ensures a secure bond between the Lumineer and the healthy tooth surface. It is for this reason why Lumineers are often referred to “no prep veneers” or “minimal prep veneers.” They are much thinner, which eliminates* the appearance of a “bulky” looking smile after they are bonded over your teeth. No drilling is necessary.
The thinner design also plays a significant role in enhancing the aesthetics results of your treatment. Lumineers are semi translucent, which allows them to closely resemble the nature and appearance of natural enamel. The doctor will specify the exact shade, color and shape of each Lumineer, giving you a personalized treatment that appears as natural as possible.
Not only are Lumineers minimal prep in nature – but they also require fewer visits to The MIAMI Institute to complete. No temporary veneers are needed between the preparation and delivery appointments, because no significant adjustments are made to your natural teeth.
The doctor frequently recommends Lumineers for our patients who desire a natural, straighter looking smile with less overall treatment. The process is very straightforward and produces excellent results in just two or three visits with us. As he places each Lumineers veneer on individual teeth across your smile, you will see a dramatic transformation that appears right before your eyes.
If you lack the confidence that you need to smile in public, or start up conversations with your colleagues, then Lumineers can help to change that. Many of our patients find a new confidence that they have lacked for years – simply by using Lumineers to change their appearance.
Lumineers have been used for over three decades, and can last up to 20 years when properly cared for. You may want to consider having Lumineers made for your smile if you have experienced situations like:
The number of veneers that you have placed will depend on your primary aesthetic concerns, but it is fairly common for our patients to have six to ten Lumineers across the upper or lower arch at one time.
At The Miami Institute, every smile makeover starts with a personalized consultation with the doctor in one of our private consultation suite. Together, you will discuss what concerns and goals you have for your smile. The doctor will thoroughly assess your teeth to determine whether or not Lumineers are appropriate to address those concerns – and if not, suggest another method of cosmetic dental treatment that would be.
If Lumineers are the best option, the doctor will work with you to design how you want your new smile to look. From the shape and size of specific teeth to changing the color of your new smile – no detail is left out.
The next step is your “prep” visit. the doctor will lightly condition your teeth and take an impression of them, which is then sent to our lab. There is no need for any anesthesia, because no drilling or significant tooth alteration is necessary.
A couple of weeks later, we will have you return to The MIAMI Institute for the doctor to bond each Lumineers veneer into place. Tooth by tooth, your new smile begins to make an appearance. Once complete, you will be able to look into the mirror at an entirely new smile that looks as if you were born with it.
Our team of care coordinators will personally guide you through your entire Lumineers treatment, so that you are never confused about what comes next.
Feeling a bit nervous? Ask us about our sedation dentistry option. We have our own private nurses as well as licensed MD anesthesiologists to provide impeccable care to each patient. Sit back and relax, knowing you are in the very best hands possible. You’ll find our private facility inside of The Four Seasons Tower on Brickell a breath of fresh air when it comes to your next dental experience.
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