Most of us admire the straight, bright teeth of famous movie stars. What’s their secret? In many cases, the beautiful “teeth” you’re admiring are actually veneers or Lumineers.
Veneers and Lumineers are thin “shells” of porcelain that cover your existing teeth. They hide stains and give your teeth an even look without the hassle of wearing braces. Though veneers and Lumineers are similar in many respects, there are a few key differences between the two treatment methods. A consultation with your dentist will help you determine which is best for you.
Veneers have been used since the early 20th century as a cosmetic solution to the look of unsightly teeth. With veneers, your cosmetic dentist will need to grind down your existing teeth to make room for the veneer, which is made of thin porcelain. Veneers are great for filling gaps in the jawline and for masking severely crooked teeth. Because your dentist will be removing tooth enamel, the procedure is non-reversible. However, if cared for properly, veneers will last for a lifetime.
Lumineers are a more recent innovation in the world of veneers. They’re thinner than traditional veneers (some dentists compare their thickness to that of a contact lens). Due to Lumineers’ slim nature, a lesser amount of tooth enamel must be removed prior to their application, meaning the procedure is reversible. The thinness also makes it a bit harder to cover dark stains or crooked teeth, making Lumineers ideal for those who already have a moderately straight set of off-white teeth.
If you’re in the Tucson area and are considering traditional veneers or Lumineers, contact E Dental Solutions at (520) 441-6725. We can also help you with many other cosmetic dental procedures, like Invisalign, dental implants, as well as crowns and bridges.
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