A dental veneers overview will be beneficial to help decide whether or not getting this thin wafer of porcelain permanently bonded to your teeth is a good or bad idea. First, let us define what veneers are. Dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates are custom-made, tooth-colored shells designed to cover your teeth. They help you…
Should You Get Dental Veneers or Lumineers?
As a cosmetic dentist, we are in the practice of giving people a beautiful smile that they can be extremely proud of. To do this, we have a number of treatment options, some of which we often group together for a better effect. One of the treatment options that we have found to be extremely effective for a number of different challenges is the use of dental veneers.
What you need to know about dental veneers
Some of the challenges that dental veneers or even dental Lumineers® can resolve include mild to moderate malocclusion, teeth with unsightly gaps, broken teeth, chipped teeth, and even teeth that are extremely discolored. The sheer versatility of dental veneers or Lumineers® gives a cosmetic dentist the ability to resolve multiple issues with the same techniques, which means that the patient does not have to have multiple treatments even if there are several problems to solve at one time.
If a patient comes in to see the cosmetic dentist with a cracked tooth, we can use dental veneers or Lumineers® to resolve this issue, while also whitening the tooth permanently through the use of this treatment option. This proves to be more than just convenient, it is also cost-effective.
Difference between dental veneers and Lumineers®
There are several differences between dental veneers and Lumineers® since a cosmetic dentist uses both to correct a number of problems with teeth. Dental veneers are an extremely thin piece of material, typically porcelain, which we can shape to match the patient's teeth. To place porcelain veneers, we will need to shave away a portion of the tooth's natural enamel.
Under most circumstances, this is enamel that has become damaged or discolored so it is easy to justify the removal of this enamel. Once the enamel has been removed we would place the dental veneer in the place created for it and cement it in place. This is considered to be a semi-permanent restoration since one cannot just remove the dental veneers without replacing them after they have been cemented in place since there is missing enamel.
Benefits of Lumineers®
When it comes to Lumineers®, a cosmetic dentist will explain that Lumineers® are thinner than dental veneers. This means that there is much less shaving of the enamel necessary. Since Lumineers® are thin and consist of porcelain, they also look identical to the surrounding teeth. The difference is in the fact that the patient may not have to lose any enamel in order to properly fit Lumineers®.
If there is no damage to the teeth and the looking for a solution that can be removed with relative simplicity, Lumineers® may be a good option. They do provide a good barrier for the teeth, protecting them and also giving the patient the smile he or she wants. Lumineers® are also much easier and faster to place, which is an added advantage.
Depending on what situation the patient is in, and what the patient's needs are, the cosmetic dentist will recommend the best solution for the individual patient. Often times we find that dental veneers are a better long-term solution while Lumineers® is a quicker fix.
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