Cosmetic dentistry focuses on restoring the appearance of your smile. Veneers are a common way to conceal dental flaws. Lumineers, a specific type of veneer, are gaining popularity because they are a noninvasive version of veneers. Should you go with veneers or Lumineers?
Here is a comparison of veneers and Lumineers, the procedures, and their unique benefits.
Veneers are thin, typically porcelain shells bonded to the front of your teeth to conceal dental flaws, including:
- Tooth discoloration
- Uneven teeth
- Worn enamel
- Irregular spacing
Veneers can also be used to protect teeth from further damage.
Receiving veneers generally requires 2 appointments. In the first visit, the dentist will shave off a thin layer of enamel on the teeth that are receiving the veneers and take an impression of your teeth. Your veneers will be sent to and created in the lab, matching the size and shade of your teeth.
You may be given temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready.
In the second appointment, the dentist will make sure the sizes and color are accurate and make any necessary adjustments (an advantage over Lumineers). The veneers will then be cemented onto the front of your teeth.
There are 3 types of veneers:
- Porcelain (stain and chip-resistant)
- Resin Composite
Lumineers are a type of veneer that provide the same benefits as standard veneers, but eliminate the need to drill down enamel.
Made with porcelain, Lumineers are also used to conceal dental flaws. However, the process is different.
Lumineers are only 0.2 millimeters thick, which is thinner than a fingernail. In most cases, this enables dentists to apply the Lumineers directly over your teeth without having to file away enamel.
Due to their thin size, Lumineers are translucent and better resemble your tooth’s natural enamel. Unfortunately, Lumineers may not mask severe discoloration.
Lumineers also take two appointments, but don’t require anesthesia or drilling. In the first appointment, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth and choose the most accurate color to blend in with your other teeth.
During the second appointment, the dentist will apply the Lumineers to your teeth.
Veneers or Lumineers?
Adding Lumineers over existing dental work (like dental crowns or dental bridges) can be difficult and can irritate the gums. If you have existing dental work or severe discoloration, veneers are a good option to consider.
Lumineers eliminate the need to remove enamel, making the procedure reversible. You can have these shells removed and still use your natural tooth, unlike with standard veneers. Removing enamel also increases your teeth’s sensitivity. If you don’t want healthy enamel removed, Lumineers are a good option to consider.
Regardless of whether you choose veneers or Lumineers, remember to maintain a good dental routine. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist every six months.
For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.