Lumineers are a cosmetic enhancement made from dental-grade porcelain and can safely and painlessly create a bright, beautiful smile. Known for being ultra-thin, Lumineers are placed over your existing teeth without the need for the tooth’s surface to be altered or removed. Although Lumineers are thin, they are strong and durable enough to take you through anything your day throws your way.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of dental veneers that were designed with a dental-grade porcelain called Cerinate. They are used to straighten and adjust the shape and size of your teeth by covering existing teeth. The advancement in technology enables this type of veneer to be ultra-thin, which can be placed right over the tooth’s existing natural surface. Lumineers placed over your teeth is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no injections.
Am I a candidate for Lumineers?
Lumineers are for anyone who wants to correct an imperfect smile. If you are unhappy with stained or discolored teeth, chipped, broken or even crooked teeth, there’s a good chance that you are a candidate for Lumineers. Anyone considering Lumineers should not have a history of teeth grinding.
Why choose Dr. Chow?
We have always been committed to providing our patients with the latest technologies to improve their smile. Dr. Albert Chow has a passion for making sure everyone that walks through the doors of his private dental clinic receives the best dental care available. He will work with you to provide a customized treatment plan and is known to provide personalized care to everyone he treats. As one of the best veneers dentists available in Thousand Oaks, he will ensure you leave the office feeling wonderful with a healthy, beautiful smile.
What should I expect with Lumineers?
The Lumineers procedure is a pain-free way to restore your smile and whiten your teeth. The process is very easy and requires only two visits. On your first visit, Dr. Chow will take X-rays and a mold of your teeth. At that time you will decide what shade of white would be best. Once your custom Lumineers have been created, you will return to be fitted. Lumineers are applied with no injections or drilling. The entire process takes about an hour. It is a completely comfortable experience. You can enjoy the full functionality of your teeth right away, as there is no recovery time.
What are the benefits of Lumineers?
- Address permanent staining and teeth discoloration
- Fix any chipped teeth without removing the tooth’s structure
- Prevent further decay of already damaged teeth
- Create whiter, brighter teeth
- Bridge any wide gaps between teeth
- Reinforce teeth structure
- A painless way to restore your smile
- Restore confidence
Can Lumineers be removed?
Yes, Lumineers can be removed. There is no shaving or removing of teeth with Lumineers, so your natural teeth are still underneath.
Are there things I can’t eat with Lumineers?
Lumineers are designed to be very durable. You can feel comfortable eating and drinking whatever pleases you, but keep in mind that good dental hygiene is still very important. You should continue to see a dentist for regular cleanings every six months to keep your Lumineers, and all your teeth, healthy and looking great.
How long will my Lumineers last?
With proper care and dental hygiene, Lumineers can last for 20 years or more.
Can I get Lumineers instead of braces?
Many times, Lumineers will make more sense than the trouble of braces. Dr. Chow will evaluate your teeth and determine what course of action will be best in your case.
Are Lumineers painful?
You can feel confident that Lumineers are not painful. There will be no shots or drilling. Lumineers simply fit right over your existing teeth. Most patients report their Lumineers to feel very natural and are quite comfortable right from the start.
What is the difference between Lumineers and traditional veneers?
Lumineers are designed with dental-grade porcelain and are unique in the fact that they are ultra-thin and require no tooth reduction. This allows Dr. Chow to create a smile with the natural appearance of enamel.
How do I take care of my Lumineers?
Lumineers are created from a substance that is similar to your real tooth enamel. A low-abrasion toothpaste developed to remove plaque, stains and any tartar buildup would be your best option.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.