Veneers have become one of the most popular ways to make cosmetic changes to a smile. But, different types of veneers are available: porcelain veneers and Lumineers®.
The main difference in Lumineers® vs. veneers is traditional porcelain veneers are permanent restorations that require modifying the underlying teeth. Lumineers® are placed on unmodified teeth and can be removed later if desired.
If you want to make cosmetic changes to your smile, which is the best solution for you?
Let’s find out!
Veneers for an instant makeover
Do you have smile flaws you don’t like? Are you embarrassed to smile for photographs? Do you feel your smile issues are holding you back in social or business situations?
You’re not alone. Many feel the same way and would like to do something about the appearance of their smiles. However, they think the cost or the time needed to do it is too much.
If you are one of those people, then veneers might be the right solution for you.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed on the surface of the teeth to modify color, size, and shape. They can completely erase smile flaws that include:
- Crooked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Teeth with gaps
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Irregularly sized teeth
Both traditional veneers and Lumineers® can instantly makeover your smile. However, in the contest of traditional veneers vs. Lumineers®, who is the winner?
Let’s look more closely at their differences and how they affect you.
What are traditional porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers require a few visits to the office for prep and placement.
The traditional process uses thicker veneers. To make room for them without adding too much bulk to the surface of your teeth, the dentist will modify the enamel in the underlying teeth. Because the supporting teeth are modified, you cannot reverse this treatment.
While the lab is creating your permanent veneers, you will have temporary veneers. You’ll return to have the permanent veneers bonded to the surface of your teeth.
The veneers themselves are made of different types of materials, depending on your dentist’s preference.
What are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are thinner and do not require any modification to the enamel of the supporting teeth.
No shots or drilling is required! If you are someone who avoids the dentist because of anxiety, then this is the choice for you.
Lumineers® require two visits. The first one is for taking impressions of the teeth to send to the lab and deciding on color. There’s no need to wear temporaries while you wait for your permanent restorations. Once back from the lab, we’ll securely bond them to the tooth surface.
Veneers make it possible to modify either one or all of your teeth, which makes this a more economical option than other restorative services.
Also, you may have noticed Lumineers® is a registered trademark product. They are made at the Cerinate lab, which is known for producing exquisite veneers with the luminescent quality of real teeth.
Lumineers® vs. veneers: Which option is best for you?
Our cosmetic dentistry experts, Dr. Kenneth Eye and his son Dr. Kenneth Eye II want to treat their patients with the latest in advanced dentistry procedures that offer the best results and most comfort. That’s why they have chosen to feature Lumineers® in their practices.
Both of our Woodstock and Harrisonburg dental offices offer Lumineers® to patients from surrounding communities such as Elkton, Bridgewater, Massanetta Springs, Keezletown, Pleasant Valley, Dayton, Zirkle, Massanutten, McGaheysville, New Market, Luray, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, and Weyers Cave, VA who want a beautiful smile without a lot of fuss and bother!
We would love to help you find your perfect smile in two easy visits – without shots or drilling!
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