Make the Most of Your Smile with Minimal Reduction

Sometimes, a smile needs a little boost. Veneers can correct many aesthetic dental problems, including:

  • Stains or Discoloration
  • Chips and Cracks
  • Misalignment or Crookedness
  • Sharp, Fang-like Appearance
  • Spaces Between Teeth
  • Other Imperfections

However, patients must undergo significant tooth reduction prior to placement of veneers. Tooth reduction makes a bonded veneer appear natural, lying flat, in line with existing teeth. However, when natural dentition is removed, it cannot be replaced.

Most veneers are thick, so they require a patient to have significant tooth reduction, and they are not reversible. Because the leucite-reinforced, pressed ceramic used for Lumineers is stronger than that of traditional veneers, it can be made thinner without compromising durability. A thinner veneer means less tooth reduction is required. With Lumineers, if you ever decide that you want your natural smile back, your dentist can simply remove them. Thin porcelain also allows light to enter and reflect off of natural underlying tooth structure, so Lumineers project your existing tooth shading and appear completely natural.

Patients don’t usually need anesthesia when Lumineers are placed, and the entire procedure can be completed in just two office visits. If you’re concerned about tooth reduction, but you want a dazzling Hollywood smile, ask us about Lumineers by Cerinate at your next office visit.

We check for those tell-tale white patches, persistent mouth sores, tissue color changes, spots of pain, tenderness, numbness, or any changes in your bite over time. We'll also ask about lifestyle habits, difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue. If we find an area of concern, we can order an inexpensive and painless biopsy. Regular dental visits can help us detect, and thus treat, oral cancer in the early stages. However, knowing and avoiding risk factors will greatly improve your chance of avoiding this life-threatening disease.

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer
The five most common risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, and poorly fitting dentures. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco, drink excessively, or both.

When to See Your Doctor
Anything that causes constant irritation to mouth and lip tissues may eventually result in white patches of leukoplakia, red sores, or small indurated ulcers that can undergo excessive cell growth, leading to cancer. Mouth sores that do not dissipate in two weeks should be inspected by your dentist or physician. A mass in the neck or mouth, oral or facial numbness, pain when chewing or swallowing, lasting hoarseness, or wart-like areas are indicators that you need to see your dentist or doctor for an oral cancer screening.