Want to improve the look of your teeth? Veneers and Lumineers have become some of the most popular ways to achieve a dazzling smile. While veneers and Lumineers have similarities, there are some distinct differences. These are mostly in terms of size, cost, and ease of application. However, both options can help correct common dental defects and flaws.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells constructed of either composite or dental porcelain. When bonded to the front surface of teeth, veneers can instantly improve a person’s appearance. Traditional dental veneers are approximately 0.5 millimeters thick and offer the same look and feel of natural teeth. They are an excellent option for those who want to correct their chipped or misshapen teeth.
Veneers can also be used to cover gaps between teeth, permanent stains, or smaller-than-average teeth. While just one veneer can be applied to repair a single tooth, many patients choose to get between six and eight veneers to create a symmetrical, even smile.
There are many benefits of using dental veneers to improve your smile. Veneers are durable, long-lasting, and shaped like natural teeth. They also do not stain easily and less tooth enamel needs to removed compared to a cap or crown. When applied by a professional, veneers can create a beautiful, functional smile.
Dental veneers are generally applied over several visits. First, the teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel from the sides and front of the teeth. This makes room for the wafer-thin veneers. Next, the dentist will make a mold or impression of the prepared teeth and decide which shade will best suit your smile. The impression is then sent to a lab that will make your custom veneers.
In the meantime, your dentist will give you temporary veneers. At the next visit, your dentist will place the veneers and make any necessary adjustments for the perfect fit and shape. The teeth are then given a final cleaning before the veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers, also known as “no prep” veneers are a specific brand of veneers. Instead of being made of composite or porcelain like traditional veneers, Lumineers are constructed of ultra-thin laminate. While traditional veneers are 0.5 millimeters thick, Lumineers are just 0.3 millimeters thick making them thinner and therefore easier to place on the teeth.
Similar to traditional veneers, Lumineers can be used to correct a wide range of dental problems, such as worn-down teeth, badly discolored teeth, poorly aligned or shaped teeth, broken or chipped teeth, and gaps between teeth.
Lumineers offers a wide range of benefits. First, less enamel removal is needed during application compared to traditional veneers due to the thinness of Lumineers. This makes the procedure less uncomfortable and speeds up the appointment length. As no tooth structure is removed, the patient can choose to remove the Lumineers later if he or she wishes to show their natural teeth again.
Lumineers look and feel as natural as your natural teeth and are so durable you can continue eating your favorite foods, even sticky foods. Regular visits to your dentist can help ensure that your Lumineers continue looking as good as new, while also maintaining your overall dental health and wellness.
While Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers, they are just as durable. With proper care, Lumineers can last up to 20 years or more. In addition, the application process is virtually painless and generally requires just two visits to your dentist. The application procedure is similar to traditional veneers as an impression is made, the teeth are prepared, and the veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth.
Improving Your Smile
Both veneers and Lumineers can be an effective way to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Patients who undergo either procedure can enjoy a more beautiful smile and increased confidence without impacting the function of their teeth. While most cosmetic dentistry practices now offer traditional dental veneers, not all offer Lumineers. Speak with your cosmetic dentistry expert at Bonham Dental Arts. Contact our office in Largo, FL today to find out more about our services to enhance your smile!