Veneers VS Lumineers
Many dental patients are concerned with the appearance of their smile. There are several options to consider. Two of the best options for patients are veneers and Lumineers. It is important to understand the similarities and differences between the two so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
Veneers and Lumineers
Lumineers and veneers are both used to help make your smile more attractive. They help to maintain a bright white smile so that you can be confident that your “pearly whites” are really showing. Veneers and Lumineers are thin porcelain strips that are bonded to the surface of the teeth to give a better-looking natural smile. They can both be used to treat many dental issues including gapped, misshapen, or cracked teeth. Additionally, they can cover stains or discoloration on your natural teeth and give you a brighter, whiter smile.
If you are considering either option, it is important to understand the similarities first, so you know if your issue can be resolved with Lumineers or veneers. Both can be used in the treatment of:
· The appearance of crooked or misshapen teeth
· Stains or discolorations
· Hiding broken or chipped teeth
Additionally, they are both comfortable and feel like natural teeth. Both options are made of a thin layer of porcelain that provides a bright and white smile. Porcelain also offers increased stain resistance from coffee, wine, or dark colored foods. They are easy to maintain and care for and don’t require a lengthy care process beyond normal dental hygiene. Both Lumineers and veneers come at a similar price.
Now that we have covered the similarities between the two, it is important to understand the differences so that you can make an informed decision about the best option for your individual case.
Veneers – Veneers are designed to look like a natural part of the tooth. However, if they were placed directly on the tooth, it may appear that the tooth was larger than it used to be. To correct this issue, your dentist must reshape the natural tooth. This means that your dentist will remove about 5 mm of the tooth so that the veneer blends naturally like your original smile.
The removal of 5 mm. of your natural tooth involves the removal of the enamel that provides a protective layer for your tooth. When the veneer is in place, this does not cause an issue, but when the tooth is exposed, it has a higher potential of decay or damage from bacteria or sugars.
The installation process for veneers typically takes two appointments, so you are likely to have an exposed tooth between the visits. Additionally, if you must replace the veneer, the tooth will be at a higher risk of damage again.
Lumineers – This solution achieves a bright white smile without having to remove the enamel of the tooth. While veneers require the tooth to be shaved down to achieve a natural-looking smile, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers. Lumineers are about as thick as a contact lens. While Lumineers are still strong and durable, some patients may initially notice that their teeth feel a little bulkier. This sensation often disappears as they become more comfortable and patients get used to them.
If you are considering getting either veneers or Lumineers, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist today. You can discuss all the potential options between the two approaches and see if either of them is a good fit for you. Your dentist will conduct a review of your medical history and your current dental issues in order to get the best product for you. Contact our Mankato, MN office today.