Cosmetic Dentistry has come a long way – even in the last ten years. These days, just about anyone can achieve a “Hollywood smile” with the placement of veneers or Lumineers, a name-brand of veneers.
Made of a thin and quite natural-looking material, veneers are essentially tiny, porcelain “shells” that are bonded or glued to the top of the teeth to provide a more attractive appearance. In addition to helping you achieve the perfect smile, veneers can help makeover a variety of dental dilemmas, including stains, discoloration, gaps, cracked teeth, chipped teeth and even misshapen teeth.
Commonalities Between Veneers and Lumineers
Lumineers and traditional veneers share many similarities, including that they are both:
- Made from a thin layer of porcelain
- Can provide a whiter, brighter and more youthful smile
- Can improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth
- Can cover up a cracked or chipped tooth
- Can remove gaps between teeth
- Are comfortable and have a natural appearance
- Are strong, durable and easy to maintain
- Will not stain or change color with time
- Are custom-made to create a seamless smile
- Are offered at a similar price point
Differences Between Veneers and Lumineers
Veneers often require some removal and reshaping of the original tooth or multiple teeth before the veneer material is affixed. In order to create a natural and pleasing appearance, your dentist will remove about 5mm from the original tooth’s surface. This process will ensure that the veneer will easily fit over each existing tooth. However, the enamel that is removed from the original teeth is a permanent procedure and will render the teeth unprotected if the veneer ever needs to be removed or falls off due to injury or trauma. This permanent removal of enamel is often concerning to patients and is one of the main reasons why so many patients ask about Lumineers when considering veneers for their teeth.
Although Lumineers provide the same function and esthetic appearance as traditional porcelain veneers, they are not nearly as invasive. The original tooth is left unchanged and the enamel is not damaged or ground down before Lumineers are applied. As such, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers but they’re still strong and durable. While most dentists can apply veneers to their patients’ teeth, not all dentists are Certified Lumineers Dentists. If you are considering Lumineers make sure that you choose a dentist that is certified and experienced with Lumineers.
Are Lumineers Right For You?
Take a moment to evaluate your teeth and, more importantly, how satisfied you are with your smile. If you aren’t completely happy with your smile, know that with the placement of either veneers or Lumineers can help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of! Westend Dental is a Certified Lumineers Dentist and would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about perfecting your smile.