LUMINEERS




LUMINEERS® are an excellent option for people who are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth.  These ultra-thin, porcelain slips fit perfectly over teeth, making them look cosmetically perfect and completely beautiful.  An off-white or crooked smile can cause serious confidence problems.  LUMINEERS® are a fantastic alternative for patients wanting a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals or painful treatments.

For LUMINEERS® to be applied, the underlying teeth, bone and gums must be healthy.  Patients with gum disease or tooth decay must be treated prior to LUMINEERS® placement.  Unlike dental veneers, LUMINEERS® can be left in place for over 20 years or removed upon request to expose the intact original teeth.  LUMINEERS® can be fitted in just two appointments, and instantly add pizzazz to the smile.

Here are some of the problems that LUMINEERS® can solve:

  • Large gaps between the teeth.
  • Misaligned teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Stained teeth.
  • Uneven gums and teeth.
  • Unnatural looking bridges and crowns.

How can LUMINEERS® benefit me?

LUMINEERS® provide a wide range of advantages over similar treatments.  The most meaningful advantage to anxious patients is that no painful alterations of the teeth are required prior to the LUMINEERS® application.  The covers themselves are so thin and unobtrusive that speech and eating are seldom affected.

Here are some of the other advantages of LUMINEERS®:

  • Last over 20 years.
  • No harsh drilling of inner tooth mechanisms.
  • No injections.
  • No pain or discomfort.
  • Only two dental visits required.
  • Option to place multiple LUMINEERS® at one time.
  • Perfect, pearly-white teeth.
  • Thickness of a contact lens.
  • Totally reversible treatment.


Are LUMINEERS® strong enough?

LUMINEERS® are constructed from Cerinate® porcelain, which is known for its exceptional strength.  Even though LUMINEERS® are thinner than dental veneers, they are less likely to break or chip.  Additionally, Cerinate® porcelain can be color-modified and balanced.  This means that different levels of opaqueness and translucency can be utilized.

 

How are LUMINEERS® applied to the teeth?

One of the main reasons LUMINEERS® are so easy to fit is that little etching has to be done beforehand.  With veneers, many teeth might have to be permanently altered or drilled to ensure the best fit.  However, LUMINEERS® offer a beautiful end product without any drilling, anesthesia or extensive etching.  This factor alone can reduce the time in the dental chair by almost half, when compared to traditional veneers.

During the initial visit, bite impressions and X-rays are taken to determine the exact way the teeth fit together.  The dentist also thoroughly examines the teeth to ensure that no tooth decay and no signs of gum disease are present.  Together, the dentist and patient choose the color of the LUMINEERS® and the desired level of transparency.  The bite impressions are sent to the laboratory to be custom-crafted.

The LUMINEERS® are bonded to the teeth at the second appointment.  If bonding substance has oozed out from beneath the LUMINEERS®, this is carefully removed using a beveled featheredge margin.  Once the LUMINEERS® are in place, the dentist polishes them until they are completely smooth.  The advantage of this smoothness is that bacteria and staining agents cannot easily adhere to the surface of the LUMINEERS®.

The LUMINEERS® are finally separated.  Up until this point, they are still attached where the bite impressions suggest teeth would naturally join.  The treatment is finished, leaving a beautiful white smile, and perfect, healthy teeth.

If you have questions or concerns about LUMINEERS®, please contact out practice.

 

LUMINEERS® and Cerinate® are registered trademarks of Den-Mat Holdings LLC.





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Not only is this office beautiful, but Dr. Kim and staff are wonderful. They are very attentive, prompt, and most importantly gentle. Upon arrival I never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes, even if I've been 15 minutes early. I appreciate that my station was always prepared in anticipation of my arrival.
My visits felt more like a day at the spa than a dental appointment, including a long wisdom teeth removal surgery. I was allowed to bring in my phone and play Pandora on speaker during the whole procedure making feel at ease as I was extremely nervous.

Penelope W. - Yelp

Dr. Kim is an Oral Rock Star! By far the best dental experience ever!!!

First thing first...I got 3 text messages, one to confirm my appointment, one for a reminder & the last "we look forward to seeing you"...what a fantastic way to welcome a new patient.

Ms. Aurea is the jovial receptionist/front desk coordinator/insurance pre-cert & advisor all wrapped into one person. She is very friendly with ease & made me feel overly welcomed...in a good way of course. She had no problem answering all of my inquiries & did so with a flow of knowledge & awesome patient service.

The new patient process was a breeze & my wait time was really the shortest I've endured in a medical setting.

The procedure suites are very modernized & artistically designed to the T. The mini flat screens serves as a TV & a computer monitor where you can view your chart, x-Rays & treatment plans.

Christine was my x-Ray Technician & she came in, knew what she was doing & we were done. She has a very natural rapport with the patients & made my experience even better.

& drum roll please....ladies & gentlemen, here comes DR. KIM!!!

The most nicest, personable & authentic physician I have EVER encountered. He introduced himself & was very friendly as he took his time in engaging me & my dental needs & wants. Dr. Kim's expertise exuded such comfort & satisfaction, I was sooooo impressed. He did a pre-consultant before my exam & was very thorough about his findings. He even event over the treatment plan with me as most Dentists leaves that to the non clinical staff. Dr. Kim's approach & services was painless, quick & enjoyable...yes, we had a nice exchange before, during & after my services. Again, such a rarity of great customer service from a dental practice as most Dentists hurry to see all the patients & keep it moving...not Dr. Kim.

I came here as a default from a previous dental visit & can just pull my teeth out for not coming here 1st! As they say, second time around is always better than the 1st.

I look forward to my next visit...who says that about the Dentist? LOL!!!

Team Doc Kim & staff, you all are superstars!

THANK YOU FOR THE BEST DENTAL EXPERIENCE EVER!

Kathryn L. - Yelp

I found Dr. Kim online and chose him because he accepted my insurance had the appointment time I needed. I was pleasantly surprised at how great of an experience it was! The office is gorgeous and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I had a chipped tooth and Dr. Kim helped fix it right away and explained everything he was doing as it was happening. There was no wait time, but if there were to be it is a nice office to sit in with comfortable seating, nice decor, and small snacks and drinks available too! I definitely recommend!

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