Lumineers have revolutionized the field of cosmetic dentistry. These ultra-thin porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive way to totally transform your smile. But what if you have existing dental work or other oral health issues? Don’t worry, you may still be a candidate for Lumineers.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a high-quality brand of porcelain veneers known for their exceptional thinness and natural appearance. They are typically used to enhance your smile by covering imperfections such as discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, and minor misalignments. Lumineers are typically placed on the front, visible teeth in the upper and/or lower arch, depending on a patient’s individual needs and goals.
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers require minimal tooth preparation, making them a less invasive option. This means that, in most cases, you can achieve a stunning smile transformation without the need for extensive enamel removal. Bonus: they are so thin they look completely natural.
Factors That May Affect Lumineers Candidacy
Dental work can encompass a wide range of procedures. And whether you can get Lumineers with existing dental work depends on several factors, such as the type and condition of the work.
If you have dental fillings, you are likely still a candidate for Lumineers. Fillings can halt tooth decay and maintain tooth structure after a cavity. Of course, your dentist will evaluate the condition and location of fillings to determine if they could affect the placement or longevity of veneers.
Crowns and Implants
Dental crowns are used to restore the structure and function of severely damaged or decayed teeth when fillings are not an option. Implants replace missing teeth with a titanium anchor topped with a crown.
If you have crowns or implants in your smile zone (the visible front teeth), it may determine the placement of Lumineers. Lumineers will not be placed on a crown but can be placed on neighboring teeth. The color of your Lumineers can be matched to your existing crown, or if whiter teeth are your goal, a new, whiter crown may be an option in conjunction with Lumineers.
Bridges are dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth by anchoring them to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Like with crowns, Lumineers can be placed on natural teeth adjacent to bridges, but we will want to consider the compatibility of the restoration.
Factors to Consider
While Lumineers can often be compatible with existing dental work, several factors need to be considered.
- Condition of Existing Dental Work: The condition of your fillings, crowns, bridges, or implants is relevant. If they are damaged, loose, or have recurring issues, it may affect your candidacy for Lumineers, or they may need to be revised before you get Lumineers.
- Overall Look: You will want to consider how your existing dental work will appear in conjunction with Lumineers. We will assess the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth to ensure a seamless look.
- Tooth Health: The overall health of your teeth is important. If you have underlying dental or gum health issues, such as gum disease or active decay, they may need to be addressed before considering Lumineers.
- Bite and Alignment: If your existing dental work affects your bite or tooth alignment, it could impact the feasibility of Lumineers. We will evaluate your occlusion (how your teeth fit together) to ensure the veneers won’t disrupt your bite.
Are Lumineers Right for You?
Ultimately, determining whether you are a suitable candidate for Lumineers and how your existing dental work may affect your eligibility requires a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified cosmetic dentist. In many cases, Lumineers may be placed adjacent to existing dental work without issues. However, if there are concerns about the longevity or compatibility of the veneers with your current dental work, we may recommend alternative options.
If you’re interested in Lumineers or any other cosmetic dental treatments, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. Our team of skilled cosmetic dentistry professionals can help you decide if Lumineers are right for you.