Are your teeth a little less than perfect? Do you have chipped, misshapen, cracked or deeply stained teeth? Do you wish to have a brighter, whiter smile without the need to repeatedly bleach your teeth? Would you like to fix minor imperfections to the teeth without orthodontics or fillings? You may have heard of a product called veneers or Lumineers. Veneers and Lumineers were designed specifically to address these problems with minimal intervention and optimal long-term results.
But while many people have heard of veneers and even Lumineers, what they may not know is the difference between these two products – or the pros and cons of choosing one or another. Whether you’ve long been curious about veneers and Lumineers or you’re just learning about them, here’s what you need to know about these revolutionary products.
What Are Veneers?
Made of thin strips of porcelain, veneers fit over the teeth to reshape and color the teeth to a more desirable shape and shade. Veneers do require about 5mm of tooth enamel to be removed in order for the veneer to be placed onto the tooth. Though they are considered long term, veneers may need to be replaced over time, exposing enamel in the interim. Veneers also require about two visits to be completed. For that reason, veneers have lost popularity in recent years, with patients and dentists instead favoring products like Lumineers.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a revolutionary new product designed to replace traditional porcelain veneers. Much like veneers, Lumineers fit over the teeth to create a custom smile, including fixing the shape, size and color of the existing teeth. Unlike traditional veneers, however, Lumineers do not affect the enamel of the tooth at all.
Much like veneers, Lumineers are also made of thin strips of porcelain. They are thinner than traditional veneers, too, making them look more natural and seamless. Best of all, because Lumineers don’t require the patient to lose tooth enamel, they can usually be installed on the teeth in just one appointment.
Ultimately, both veneers and Lumineers are a beautiful custom solution to your dental issues. Talk to Dr. Mazhari about which product is best for your individual smile.