Lumineers in Houston, TX
Perfect the shape of your teeth and whiten your smile with Lumineers®, which is a type of ultra-thin porcelain veneer. In the hands of an experienced cosmetic dentist, your Lumineers results may last 20 years or even longer.
Rejuvenate Your Smile with Lumineers
Lumineers address a wide range of cosmetic dental problems:
- Stains and discoloration
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Mildly crooked teeth
A glamorous, Hollywood-style smile is easily achieved with Lumineers. With this dentistry treatment, you can have flawless teeth, allowing you to feel confident and self-assured every time you smile.
Who is an ideal candidate for Lumineers?
Like porcelain veneers, Lumineers can provide a cosmetic solution to many problems with the teeth. It’s important to remember that, like porcelain veneers, Lumineers are only cosmetic solutions. They don’t solve underlying problems such as decay or gum disease; those issues must be addressed before Lumineers can be applied.
- Improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth
- Cover cracked or chipped teeth
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Whiten stained teeth
- Improve misshapen teeth
- Make uneven teeth even
If you have these types of cosmetic problems with your smile, Lumineers could be a great answer.
Lumineers vs. Crowns
Although the results achievable overlap, Lumineers are different from dental crowns, which restore a damaged and vulnerable tooth. In many cases, Lumineers can be placed over a tooth with a dental crown or another type of restoration, to rejuvenate the appearance of old dental work.
Lumineers stand apart because of their ultra-thin yet durable design. Lumineers® are about the same thickness as a contact lens. As such, the enamel of your teeth has to be altered very little, and often not at all, in order to place the veneers on your teeth. Because the enamel does not have to be modified, Lumineers® placement does not involve shots or pain.
Lumineers are also a reversible treatment, allowing you to have Dr. Konig remove them if you change your mind years down the road. But for all their apparent delicateness, Lumineers are strong, and resist breaking and staining.
How do Lumineers compare with porcelain veneers?
The application of porcelain veneers requires removal of some of the existing enamel — usually about 5 mm — on the front of the teeth receiving the veneers. This makes room for the veneer. Because the enamel is removed, the patient will need a veneer on the tooth for the rest of his or her life.
Lumineers cover the same flaws and offer the same cosmetic improvements as porcelain veneers, but the procedure is much less invasive. The original tooth is left unchanged, and the enamel is not damaged. This is possible because Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers (about as thick as a contact lens), but they still are incredibly strong and durable. In some cases, patients may feel that Lumineers may look or feel slightly bulkier when compared with porcelain veneers. That’s why Dr. Konig offers both options for his patients.
During your consultation with Dr. Konig, the two of you can discuss both options and the pros and cons prior to you deciding how you’d like to proceed.
Advantages of Lumineers
For good candidates, these veneers have several advantages, including:
- Translucence makes Lumineers appear as real tooth enamel
- Easy, fast application appointment
- Long-lasting results
- Minimal tooth prep
- Results reached in as few as two dental appointments
Because Dr. Konig is experienced in the placement of Lumineers as well as other cosmetic dentistry treatments, he can determine whether Lumineers or another cosmetic approach is right for your goals and your dental health.
A Simple, Two-Step Process
The Lumineers process can take as few as two appointments at Dr. Konig's Houston practice. In the first visit, Dr. Konig will create a mold of your teeth and help you choose the preferred shade of white. The mold and other specifications are sent to the Lumineers lab, where your custom veneers are created. Once we receive your finished veneers (usually about two weeks or so after your first appointment), you will come back to have them placed on your teeth, a painless process that takes about an hour.
Because Lumineers require little to no modification of the existing tooth structure, most of our patients do not need to wear temporaries while they wait for their Lumineers to be crafted.
To find out if you are a good candidate for Lumineers in Houston, Texas, please call the dental practice of Ronald Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA, at 713-668-2289. Dr. Konig and our staff are proud to provide state-of-the-art care for people from across the state, including Sugar Land, The Woodlands and Katy.