Lumineers Versus Porcelain Veneers
April 12, 2015
If you are ready to transform your smile using the latest in cosmetic dentistry, then you are likely considering veneers. But did you know there is more than one type of veneer? Many dentists offer both Lumineers and traditional Porcelain Veneers to help patients gain a straighter, whiter and brilliant smile.
Before we get into the differences between the two, it is worth outlining their numerous similarities. Both Lumineers and traditional veneers offer the following:
• Made of thin, porcelain
• Cover only the front, visible portions of teeth
• Repair minor imperfections
• Straighten teeth
• Lengthen teeth;
• Conceal stained or discolored teeth and/or fillings
• Stain proof
• Resilient, durable
While they serve the same purposes, Lumineers and traditional veneers do have their differences. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer. Lumineers, however, are thinner (about the thickness of a contact lens) and your original tooth enamel remains in tact. This system is considered “no prep veneers” because they do not require any alteration to your existing tooth structure before placing the veneer.
Each of these cosmetic dental methods carries their own strengths and weaknesses. It is important that you discuss each option with an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine which is best for you. Dr. Sarah Thompson of Soft Touch Dentistry will closely examine your aesthetic concerns and listen to your goals and budget needs before recommending either Lumineers or veneers. Both systems used in their appropriate situation and done correctly can dramatically transform your smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Sarah Thompson, Soft Touch Dentistry
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