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Let’s face it, looks mean everything to teenagers – and a crooked, stained, or misshapen smile can only add to the insecurities that challenge their confidence.

If your teen is in need of a smile makeover, braces may not be the answer you’re looking for. The orthodontics process can be cumbersome and painful and take several years to achieve the desired results.

For years, adults with the same dental problems have used veneers to improve the shape, color, and alignment of teeth. But dentists are reluctant to perform this procedure on young patients because it is painful and often requires the cutting down of healthy, sensitive tooth structure.

Lumineers can solve these problems. Described as pain-free alternatives to veneers, Lumineers offer permanent and instant teeth straightening and whitening for people of all ages. Dentists apply the contact lens-thin smile shapers without any grinding or shaving.

“Lumineers have become increasingly popular among teens and their parents,” said Dr. Joe Armel, a cosmetic dentist in Corte Madera, Calif. “The fact that the procedure is so simple and painless inspires a sense of security for them.”

Made from porcelain, Lumineers are placed right over teeth. In some cases, Armel said, they can be used in lieu of braces.

Lumineers can also be placed over crowns to improve aesthetics, and are clinically proven to last up to 20 years. Every teenager´s case is different, but this option is available and can be the best for a man. To learn more, visit Unicare

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