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Preparation Guidelines for Lumineers or Porcelain Veneers

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LUMINEERS or veneers are placed over your existing teeth. To make room for these porcelain restorations, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists will need to alter your natural tooth somewhat before the restorations can be placed.

What needs to happen to prepare for LUMINEERS or veneers to be placed? Actually, the tooth preparation is easier than most people assume.

In order to prepare the tooth surface and make room for the restoration, our staff will shave a thin layer of dental enamel from the tooth. We can use local anesthesia to keep you calm and relaxed during the procedure, keeping it quick and easy.

LUMINEERS require less enamel to be removed veneers because they are thinner. Removing just a small amount of enamel is enough to ensure a comfortable and attractive fit for your LUMINEER. Veneers are made from thicker porcelain, and so more enamel must be removed to create the adequate space necessary for a good fit. It is important to note here that this distinction makes LUMINEERS reversible while porcelain veneers are not.

Once your enamel has been appropriately removed, we will shape your tooth and take an impression of your mouth. This ensures that your LUMiNEER or veneer will be customized to fit snugly on your tooth.

Hopefully this brief description of the preparation process required for LUMINEERS and veneers has explained how fast and easy the procedure is for patients. With the appropriate preparation and placement, patients can expect these restorations to last for many years. We encourage you to call our Toluca Lake dental office to learn more about these options or schedule a consultation. We are here to help you make the best decision for your dental needs.

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