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Sheran Sharafi
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An individual’s smile is a window to one’s soul. Like the eyes, so much about a person and his/her emotions can be discerned from the way one smiles. Unfortunately, about 80% of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Instead of smiling bright and often, many Americans would rather not show their teeth due to self consciousness and a chip on their shoulder that something about their smile is not as bright as it should be. Teeth whitening processes and braces can only help up to a certain point, and the option of some sort of reconstructive oral procedure may be too extreme or too expensive in some cases. In cases like these many people have turned to the installation of veneers, but this is not always your best option. Today there is one more thing you can do, and that is getting your very own set of Lumineers.

What are Lumineers? What exactly is the procedure?

Lumineers are a kind of retainer that is painlessly attached to your teeth to give you a permanently white smile. They require you to visit your top dentist twice. The first visit requires that your dentist to take a mold of your teeth so that your very own custom Lumineers may be ordered. Then you and he will choose the right shade of white for your teeth. On the second visit you will get to see your Lumineers and make sure it is the right fit and shade. If so they will be attached to your teeth and you are good to go!

How long do Lumineers last for? Can they be taken off or removed?

Lumineers have been proven to last for over 20 years. If you choose to remove them for any purpose then just call your local dentist and let him or her know. Since Lumineers require little to know grinding down of healthy tooth structure your natural teeth will be fully intact and strong.

How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?

Luminees are approximately 0.2 mm and highly translucent, while traditional veneers are much thicker. Because of how thin they are, Lumineers do not require your dentist to grind down your original tooth. Another perk to Lumineers is that the procedure is completely pain-free and in most cases requires no shots and you should experience no discomfort or sensitivity after their placement. Lumineers are designed to give you a comfortable and natural feeling from the moment your dentist has placed them on your teeth.

Lumineers are a one-of-a-kind product. DenMat Lab at Den-Mat Holdings, LLC, is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of dental materials and is the only one who produces the Lumineers you have read about. Do not be fooled by people who claim to have a cheaper and better version of the product, but find a dentist who has the experience and training necessary to get you the smile that will make you proud! After just 2 visits you will not be able to stop smiling and will no longer be ashamed of showing off your pearly whites.

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