Do you have a persistent want to transform your smile? If that's the case, Smiles of Chevy Chase may be the place to start. We offer Lumineers, the new gold standard in veneers. While there are many similarities between Lumineers and traditional veneers, there are also several vital differences that set them apart. Overall, what makes this option so amazing is that the shells are unbelievably thin, measuring in at about 0.2 mm. Traditional veneers are generally much thicker, requiring your tooth to be sanded down to make room for it. Fortunately, Lumineers are so paper thin that it's no longer necessary for Dr. Despina Markogiannakis to file down your teeth to complete the procedure. In addition, the shells are more translucent than other veneers so they appear more natural while remaining tough enough to last over two decades.
If you have a desire to fix cosmetic imperfections on your teeth, then you are likely a good candidate for Lumineers. However, there are a few factors that must be determined before the procedure can be performed. Upon a consultation at Smiles of Chevy Chase, Dr. Markogiannakis will determine if your teeth are healthy and free of cavities. This is important since your teeth aren't being replaced but merely capped. Therefore, the teeth supporting the veneers must be free of decay. You will also need to have a bite that is aligned. While Lumineers are widely referred to as "instant orthodontics," they can only do so much for poor alignment. If you have a severe over/underbite, traditional braces may be a better solution for now. Those with severe bruxism or teeth grinding may not be suitable candidates for Lumineers.
What To Expect
During your consultation, Dr. Marko will carefully create an exact mold of your teeth to be sent to the dental lab where your customized shells will be created. We will work with you to determine the tooth shade that best matches your existing teeth while helping to meet your expectations. Since there is no need to shape your teeth to adhere to your Lumineers, you won't need to be fitted with temporary veneers while you wait for the permanent ones to be created. After your personalized shells have been crafted, you will return to Smiles of Chevy Chase to apply them during a painless procedure that doesn't require any shots, grinding, or drilling. This high-tech bonding procedure will give you outstanding results, allowing your entire tooth to remain intact underneath the Lumineers.
Since your Lumineers are customized to your mouth, there will be no period of adjustment after receiving them. You will be able to eat and drink whatever you want (within reason) with confidence since Lumineers are adhered in a durable manner. However, it is still important that you do not bite down too hard on things, like ice or hard candy. Since the process is so simple and noninvasive, there is usually no recovery period to be concerned with as there is when one receives traditional veneers. Lumineers will still need to be cared for just like your natural teeth so be sure to brush and floss daily, as well as attend regularly scheduled appointments to Smiles of Chevy Chase every six months for routine maintenance and care.
Since Lumineers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they are typically not covered by dental insurance providers. Smiles of Chevy Chase does accept many payment methods, including medical financing, to help make your treatment easier to afford. During your consultation, Dr. Marko will customize your treatment plan to fit your goals. She will go over an estimate of your treatment cost and explain your payment options.
Have you been wanting to brighten your already healthy smile? For over 30 years, Lumineers have been the ultimate choice for millions of people who want to take their smile to the next level with a truly amazing restoration. Experienced dentist Dr. Markogiannakis has extensive experience in caring for patients' dental health and addressing each and every unique need. It is our mission to explore the best dental solutions for your individual needs. For more information about Lumineers, contact Smiles of Chevy Chase today.