Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look?
Dental veneers and Lumineers are two simple solutions that can help you correct and improve your smile. While they may seem very similar at first, there are some important differences between them.
Here's everything you want to know about these cosmetic dental procedures and how to choose the one that fits your needs.
Dental veneers are shells made of composite or dental porcelain that can be placed over the front of your existing tooth. The veneers mask imperfections and can be a good alternative to crowns for many patients.
Veneers can also be used if you have gaps between your teeth, if your teeth are too small or if they are permanently stained. You can get just one veneer to repair one tooth. However, most patients get six to eight veneers to make a beautiful, even smile. With proper care, veneers are long-lasting and have a lifespan of up to 15 years.
Although they are similar in appearance to veneers, Lumineers are made of a very thin laminate instead of the porcelain or composite of regular veneers. Lumineers are only 60% as thick as veneers so the process of attaching them to the teeth is simpler.
Just like veneers, Lumineers are used to correct a variety of dental issues such as gaps, discolored teeth, chipped or broken teeth, poorly aligned teeth, and worn-down teeth. Lumineers have a long lifespan as well, despite being thinner. With proper care, they can last as long as 20 years.
Veneers and Lumineers function similarly and solve similar problems, but the process of attaching them to your natural teeth is different.
Veneers are applied over several visits. Firstly, your dentist will remove a small amount of your tooth enamel, though less than the amount removed for a cap or a crown. Then the dentist makes a mold of your prepared teeth and sends it to a lab to create your custom veneers. You will then get temporary veneers that will last until your custom ones can be bonded to your teeth. A final cleaning will be performed before the attachment.
Lumineers don’t require any enamel removal, so the process is less uncomfortable and shorter than getting veneers. Lumineers look and feel like natural teeth and there is no need to remove food from your diet after they are attached. The process of bonding Lumineers usually takes only 2 visits, which is less time than veneers.
This decision is ultimately up to you depending on your needs. A consultation with your dentist is essential because you can receive personalized information about the process.
If you have any questions or if you would like to book an appointment, contact Dr. Parul Shridhar at Tree of Life Dentistry. We will help you make an informed and educated decision.