Texans like to say that everything is bigger here.
The thing is, bigger doesn’t always mean better.
Just ask NASA or cosmetic dentists.
NASA is in the business of space exploration, and that sometimes involves launching things out of orbit. The heavier those rockets are, the more fuel it takes to get them off the ground.
Microtechnology allows NASA to make lighter rockets, or alternately, to put equipment into the rockets that are going into space.
In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile products available for our patients, and Lumineers are the thinnest veneers available today.
If you want to see how less can be more for your smile, stop by Antoine Dental Center in Houston to talk to one of our dentists.
Smiles And The Silver Screen
Speaking of space, it’s often been the setting for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.
We also believe you may have heard of a “Hollywood smile,” and even if you haven’t, then we know you’ve seen at least one. You see it on the most popular actors on the silver screen and you see it photos in celebrity magazines.
You probably know that most people — including world famous actors — are not born with perfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry has provided a way for many people (including actors) to improve their smiles.
You may not know that veneers got their start in Hollywood, too.
In 1928, a dentist named Charles Pincus made a set of veneers for an actor to wear in one scene of a movie. That got Pincus to thinking about something similar for his patients, and in 1937, he finished his first set of veneers for everyday life.
Now, these early veneers were a work in progress. The adhesive wasn’t particularly strong, and so, the veneers weren’t exactly permanent.
Other people improved on what Dr. Pincus started. Today, we have better and more lifelike porcelain veneers and stronger adhesives that could stay bonded to your teeth for decades.
Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental products available today. On top of that, they can often improve your smile in a short period of time.
Veneers work like false fingernails … that is if false fingernails stayed in place for decades at a time.
Veneers are a cover that can be bonded to the front of your teeth. Once in place, they can completely change the appearance of your smile.
If you don’t like your teeth, veneers can fix any one or any combination of the following problems:
◼︎ Yellow or discolored teeth
◼︎ Crooked teeth
◼︎ Crowded teeth
◼︎ Teeth with gaps
◼︎ Chipped or broken teeth
If you wish something was different about your smile, then veneers can make it happen.
Lumineers Vs. Other Veneers
With most porcelain veneers, the first thing dentists have to do is remove some of the enamel from your teeth.
This is necessary so your teeth don’t look bigger when your veneers are bonded in place.
After removing the enamel, the dentist will make impressions so your veneers can be made to order. When they are ready, your veneers will be bonded in place, and your smile will look better than ever.
Now, Lumineers are much thinner than typical veneers. They are less than 0.2 millimeters thick, which is not much thicker than a strand of your hair. (Most porcelain veneers are about 1 millimeter thick, in case you were wondering.)
Because they are so thin, Lumineers usually can be placed without removing any enamel. We will still make impressions and have your Lumineers made to order, but when they come back, they will be bonded to your teeth as they are.
People with particularly sensitive teeth may be grateful that they won’t need to have anything removed from their teeth in order to get Lumineers.
When you see how Lumineers change the appearance of your smile, we think you will be pleased with the results.
But if you decide that you want to remove them 5 or 10 years from now, you can because your protective enamel will still be in place.
On the other hand, you may be wondering how long your Lumineers will last because they are so thin. They can last for 20 years or longer with proper care.
Your Smile, Only Better
You could have a new smile in a matter of weeks with Lumineers at Antoine Dental Center.
If you would like to know more about Lumineers or our other porcelain veneers, then make plans to talk a dentist at our office in Houston.
To make an appointment, fill out our online form or call our office at 713-364-8990.