Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Unlike dental bonding, porcelain veneers require a minimal amount of tooth preparation and can be placed within two dental visits.
Lumineers are extremely thin, which means that in most cases, Lumineers can be placed on your teeth without requiring your natural teeth to be reduced in size. This makes Lumineers a reversible treatment. However, as they are so thin, Lumineers may not be suitable for teeth that endure a lot of force, such as molars or canine teeth. Lumineers are incredibly strong and durable, but like most dental restorations, they may need to be replaced in the future.
How do Lumineers work?
Lumineers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of your teeth. Porcelain is a strong material, so lumineers are durable and long-lasting. Because they are ultra-thin, lumineers require little or no preparation of the tooth before placement.
Lumineers can be used to fix a number of dental issues that include the following:
- Large spaces between your teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Stained or severely discolored teeth
- Uneven gums and teeth
- Unnatural-looking dental bridges and crowns
How do Lumineers differ from traditional veneers?
Lumineers are veneers created from a special kind of porcelain called lithium disilicate. This special type of porcelain is thinner, so the dentist can place Lumineers without requiring extensive removal of enamel. However, Lumineers are only 0.2 millimeters thick, while traditional veneers are 0.5 millimeters thick. This may not sound like much, but it means that Lumineers are thinner than the enamel that covers the teeth.
What are the advantages of lumineers?
Lumineers are a popular option for patients who are looking to have flaws in their teeth corrected. These porcelain shells are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are made to fit over your teeth and to correct your smile. The lumineer procedure is painless. It is completed over two appointments. The other advantages of lumineers include the following:
- Lumineers last for over 20 years
- Getting lumineers is a non-invasive procedure; no harsh drilling of the tooth is needed
- No need for anesthetics or injections
- No pain or discomfort during treatment
- Only two dental visits are needed to get lumineers
- Multiple Lumineers can be fitted simultaneously
- The Lumineers resist staining and discoloration
- Treatment is completely reversible
Explain the process involved in getting lumineers.
Lumineers are very thin and don't require any tooth preparation. They simply cover your teeth and instantly straighten them. In the majority of cases, there is no need for anesthetics or needles during the procedure, and this is a huge benefit for patients.
Lumineers are thin porcelain shells that require little to no preparation for the natural teeth. The veneer process typically requires two visits. During your first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create the mold that will later be sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. Before you leave the office, the dentist will provide you with a temporary lumineer. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your temporary lumineer and when to return to the dentist's office for the placement procedure.
Once the lumineers are received, the dentist will first make sure that the lumineers fit properly and look natural before permanently bonding them to the patient's natural teeth. Once the veneer is molded to your tooth, your dentist will secure it in place with a special dental resin. With proper care, your lumineers can last over 20 years.
Lumineers vs. traditional veneers – Cost comparison?
When it comes to the cost of your lumineers procedure, the answer is that it depends on a lot of things, starting with how many teeth you are having treated. Generally speaking, the cost of lumineers is more affordable than traditional veneers. This is because lumineers do not require as much prep work or tooth reduction work. However, the cost of lumineers is not the only thing you will need to factor into your decision.