Lumineers are the most advanced type of veneers, and are dubbed as “no prep” veneers. Veneers are thin “shells” that are placed over existing teeth in order to correct color, size, or shape of a tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, Lumineers do not require the teeth to be filed down at all, allowing them to keep the structure and integrity of the natural tooth intact. In addition, they do not require anesthesia, and can be done within a day or two while in the dentist’s chair.
Dr. Ghalili is one of the pioneers of no-prep veneers, having helped patients improve their smile with Lumineers for over 20 years. He has hundreds of satisfied patients who have enjoyed the benefits of Lumineers, and continues to find success in applying Lumineers for his patients.
On the first visit, Dr. Ghalili evaluates the patient’s teeth and determines whether or not the person is a good candidate for this technique of using teeth veneers to straighten teeth instead of braces. Diagnostic impressions are taken and the final outcome is displayed on a computer generated screen or they are duplicated on diagnostic buildup models and reviewed with the patient. Since these models are an exact duplicate of the patient’s mouth, the patient can see what the final restoration and outcome will be before they have any work done. The teeth are then shaped to receive the final restoration. The veneers are placed, usually on the second visit, and the work is done. The lips are better supported and veered to give a full and youthful look with straighter, natural appearing, white teeth. One of the major advantages of this treatment over traditional braces, besides the minimal pain and the extremely fast results, is the reliability and predictability of the procedure.