Are you self-conscious about your smile? The good news is that with modern dentistry, you can make changes to your teeth so that you can feel more confident to show them off. Just because you weren’t lucky enough to be born with a perfect set of pearly whites doesn’t mean that you can’t have that as your goal. But which treatment is best for your needs – porcelain veneers or Lumineers? Continue reading to learn more about the two so you can decide for yourself.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front surface of the teeth in order to cover up a wide variety of imperfections. They are bonded onto the surface of the teeth by a cosmetic dentist. The procedure involves the removal of a thin layer of the protective enamel (about half a millimeter) in order to make room for the veneers. An impression is taken and after a couple of weeks, the permanent veneers are cemented to the front surface of the teeth. Here are some of the advantages:
- Appearance: Whether you just want to have one tooth altered or if you want a whole set, veneers are made to be the exact size, shape, and color to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. They are made to look natural and are not bulky because some of the protective enamel is removed.
- Stain Resistant: Veneers are also a permanent whitening solution. They are much more difficult to stain than your natural tooth enamel. You won’t need to worry about seeing your dentist for teeth whitening.
- Long-Lasting: Porcelain veneers can last upwards of 15 years if they are cared for properly. They are also very durable, protecting the supporting tooth.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are very similar to porcelain veneers, but they take less preparation. This is because they are extremely thing and immediately bonded to the front surface of the teeth using a special adhesive. Here are some of the advantages of this treatment:
- Less Invasive: The procedure for placing Lumineers is much less invasive than the one for porcelain veneers. It does not involve the removal of any tooth enamel.
- Reversible: Because your teeth are not altered before this procedure, your dentist can remove them later on if you make that decision in the future.
- More Affordable: The cost of Lumineers is in a similar ballpark as the cost for porcelain veneers, but they tend to be a little more affordable.
Which Is Right for You?
Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are great options when it comes to making over your smile. The best way for you to determine which choice is best for you is by speaking to your dentist. You can go over the advantages and disadvantages of each one so that you can select the one that accommodates to your needs.
If you’re interested in one of these cosmetic treatments, set up a consultation with your dentist. They will be able to let you know if you would be a good candidate for the procedure and help you get on track towards your smile goals!
About the Author
Dr. Joe Isaacson is an experienced dentist who has been practicing for more than two decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Oklahoma Dental Association. To learn more about your cosmetic dental options or to schedule a consultation at his office in Oklahoma City, visit Dr. Isaacson’s website or call (405) 943-8575.