April 7, 2018
Getting a perfect smile wasn’t always easy. In the past, the first veneers were only worn by movie stars in the early 20th century. Today, average working people can get the smile of their dreams. What’s even better is they don’t always need to remove tooth enamel to make room for their veneers. This is thanks to Lumineers, which are minimally-invasive, meaning they require no removal of tooth enamel to place.
With that being said, your cosmetic dentist in Allen wanted to compare them more closely before you decide which is best for you.
How are Lumineers and Porcelain Veneers the Same?
Before pursuing any cosmetic treatment, it’s important that you have a consultation with your dentist first. Since every patient’s smile is different, your dentist never assumes a one-size-fits-all solution in dentistry. With that being said, you can expect porcelain veneers and Lumineers to share the following attributes:
- The ability to cover chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration in your natural smile
- A whiter, brighter smile
- A veneer that is stain-resistant
- A veneer made of durable porcelain
- A custom-made veneer measured, shaded and designed to blend seamlessly with your other teeth
- The same maintenance and aftercare
When Should You Choose Traditional Veneers?
When choosing porcelain veneers, you’ll need to have a small amount of tooth enamel buffed down to make room for placement. To prevent the veneer from having a bulky or unnatural appearance, your dentist will shave no more than 5 mm of tooth enamel. This process is permanent, so you’ll want to make absolute sure you want porcelain veneers before starting the treatment.
This also means if the veneer needs to be removed later, your remaining tooth will be unprotected. Therefore, this permanent removal may be a concern, especially if an accident causes the veneer to break off. Traditional veneers also require two visits to place; one visit to prep the teeth and one visit for placing the veneer itself.
When Should You Choose Lumineers?
Lumineers offer a far less invasive option. Since tooth enamel is largely left untouched, they can be removed without any worry of your smile being changed. This is because Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers.
However, since no tooth enamel is removed, it’s more likely that they’ll look and feel slightly bulkier on your teeth, despite their thinness. If you decide to use Lumineers, you’ll need to find a dentist who is very skilled at placing them effectively. They are also very durable but will likely be more difficult to get exactly looking the way you want. Thankfully, if you don’t enjoy the look of your smile with Lumineers, you can easily remove them and switch to traditional porcelain veneers without worry.
Still not sure which veneer is right for you? Schedule a free consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Allen to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Michael Ryan earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Afterwards, he spent an additional three years completing specialty training in prosthodontics. To learn more about his cosmetic treatments or practice, contact him at (972) 727-5001 or visit his website.