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Lumineers & Minimal Prep Veneers for Uptown Houston

You may already know that traditional porcelain veneers enhance a smile by concealing flawed teeth and conspicuous spaces, but did you know that existing teeth must be filed down before your dentist permanently applies the veneers? This drastic, irreversible procedure requires powerful anesthetic or oral sedation to control discomfort, but you will certainly feel some soreness after the application.

 

patient before and after veneers

Only Lumineers by DenMat take the unnecessary pain out of the equation and allow you to enjoy your new smile immediately. These small wonders safely and effectively hide:

Thanks to Lumineers’ unique, ultra-thin design and application method, little, if any, tooth modification is required. Removing this preparatory step means that you won’t need anesthetic, and your dentist can get right to work improving your smile. Each Lumineer is carefully manufactured by the Lumineer Smile Design Studio just for you, using only the finest patented Emax porcelain. These long-lasting enhancements will rejuvenate your smile for up to 20 years!

In just one to three convenient office visits, your dentist can affix the remarkably thin yet durable porcelain shells directly to teeth for beautiful, instantaneous results. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are reversible because original tooth enamel is not reduced during application. The smile of your dreams has never been this easy!

Conservative dentistry is always the best choice, and with Lumineers, you don’t have to compromise your natural dentition for a spectacular smile. If you suffer from a less-than-perfect smile but are fearful of aesthetic dentistry, choose Lumineers for a glorious transformation without the inconvenience and distress of traditional veneers.


LumiSmile Digital Preview

Did you know that you can get a sneak peak of your new smile before having any veneers officially placed? When you visit Dr. Alani, you’ll get access to LumiSmile dental digital imaging, a software provided by Lumineers. This software shows patients what their smile will look like after Lumineers are placed!

To accomplish this, all your dentist needs is a picture of your smile to send to one of the many LumiSmile artists who produce the preview. By the end of your appointment, you’ll have your photo returned featuring your Lumineers smile.

Thanks to the artists at Lumineers, seeing is only the first step to believing! You’ll be able to plan your cosmetic treatment quickly and more effectively. To find out what your future smile could look like with Lumineers, contact Dr. Alani at (713) 621-5141 to schedule your consultation and LumiSmile appointment!

Minimal Prep Veneers

For some patients, smiling with complete confidence can only come with a smile makeover. That’s something Dr. Alani of Houston understands, and it explains why she offers a popular cosmetic service like minimal prep veneers. With minimal prep veneers, our Houston cosmetic dentistry team can help you hide chips, stains, gaps, and misaligned teeth, yielding beautiful results that also look completely natural.

Minimal prep veneers work the same way as traditional porcelain veneers but they’re thinner and require very little changes to your tooth enamel. Instead, minimal prep veneers can be affixed to the front of your front teeth as they are in just about two appointments. Because of this, they can also be removed later on if you ever want to return to your natural smile.

During your first visit with Dr. Alani at her Houston dental office, we’ll complete a thorough oral exam to find out how your smile is doing and to determine what your exact needs are. We’ll also talk to you about what kind of changes you’d like to make to your smile. Then, when we have a clear idea of your needs and wants, we’ll start designing your minimal prep veneers. Like traditional veneers, minimal prep veneers can be designed to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth.

When our lab has finished carefully crafting your personalized veneers, you’ll return to Dr. Alani’s Houston dental office to have them bonded. That’s all it takes to overcome a variety of issues that include:

  1. Tooth stains
  2. Crooked teeth
  3. Chipped teeth
  4. Gaps
  5. Structure damage

Have you been looking for a way to improve the appearance of your teeth with little to no changes to your current smile? Minimal prep veneers may be the service you’ve been looking for. Starting with a consultation visit, we can begin putting together a customized treatment plan that helps you meet your cosmetic goals in as few visits as possible. We can also address any questions or concerns you might have during your initial consultation. We want every patient we see to feel completely comfortable with the service we recommend.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re just now learning about porcelain veneers in Uptown Houston, you probably have many questions about the treatment itself. Most people aren’t sure if veneers are right for them, which is why we’ve included a brief section on the most common questions Dr. Alani gets at her practice. We hope that you find them to be useful as you weigh your options for your next smile makeover! If your question isn’t mentioned, feel free to give her office a call directly.

Do I have to modify my teeth to receive porcelain veneers?

Not necessarily. If you’re receiving traditional veneers, you will likely need to because the veneers need room to sit flush. Otherwise, they will look too large on your teeth and look unnatural. Of course, if you’d prefer to keep as much of your natural tooth enamel as possible, you can always consider minimal prep veneers and Lumineers instead! These restorations are even thinner than traditional veneers and, more often than not, do not require removal of existing tooth enamel to place!

How long does treatment for porcelain veneers take?

From the moment you schedule your initial visit to the moment you receive your new veneer, you can expect treatment to take about two weeks. During the first appointment, we discuss your smile goals, modify your existing tooth enamel, then cast impressions. These impressions are sent to a dental lab offsite, which creates your permanent veneers. During this period, you’ll be given temporary veneers so you don’t have to sacrifice your smile while you wait.

Do porcelain veneers respond to whitening treatment?

Unfortunately, porcelain veneers do not respond to professional teeth whitening. Once you pick the shade and finish the restoration, it stays that way. However, they can be redone if necessary. They can also be cleaned of any surface stains. If you want to keep them looking as white and bright as when you received them, always practice daily oral care and visit our office once every six months for a routine checkup.

Can I use whitening toothpaste to remove stains from veneers?

While many people may think that whitening toothpaste can effectively remove stains from veneers, they can actually be quite problematic. Whitening toothpaste typically works to remove stains from abrasive tooth enamel, but it only wears down the glaze from veneers, which is designed to protect them from stains. This is why we recommend sticking to a traditional toothpaste when practicing your daily oral care routine.

Can veneers develop tooth decay?

The veneers we provide are made from porcelain, which is 100 percent inorganic. Because of this, the veneers themselves cannot develop decay because bacteria cannot effectively break them down. With that said, the tooth underneath the veneer can absolutely still develop decay. Do not think that just because you have a veneer covering your natural tooth that now you don’t have to brush and floss. The same logic applies for any type of restoration.

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