Tooth enamel is a hard, outer layer of your teeth that serves to protect your teeth against tooth decay, which is why you want to do everything in your power to prevent it from eroding. For this reason, we’re going to breakdown the difference between veneers and lumineers to help you make the best decision for your smile.
What is the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?
Veneers are an option for individuals who have chipped, gapped or misshapen teeth. Veneers are excellent for those that are seeking a smile they can be confident in. They are thin custom-made covers that are bonded to your natural teeth to provide an amazingly natural smile.
Lumineers are similar to veneers in that they act as a covering that bonds to the teeth. However, they are ultra-thin and do not require removal of tooth enamel before they can be placed, making the procedural process much easier.
Procedure Process of Veneers and Lumineers
A dental veneer procedure takes several trips to the dentist. The first visit will consist of a consultation and the remaining visits to apply the veneers. Before starting any procedures, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for dental veneers. In some cases, a dentist may use X-Rays to further examine your teeth.
The dentist will prepare your teeth by removing 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth’s surface. Next, the dentist will make a model of your tooth. The model will then be sent to the laboratory to be constructed. Models can typically take 2-4 weeks.
Finally, the dentist will prepare to bond the veneer to your tooth by placing it on the tooth and making adjustments as needed before permanently bonding it. In order to bond it, the dentist will use a special cement paired with a special light beam to activate the cement and aid in the bonding process.
Learn More About Veneers and Lumineers
Lumineers are ultra-thin and have a much simpler procedural process as compared to veneers. There is no need for cutting, grinding or filing down any tooth structure, resulting in a minimally invasive procedure.
Dental veneers and lumineers are both great options for individuals that want to improve their smile, and Terrace Smiles specializes in both. If you are interested in getting veneers or Lumineers, find out if you’re a candidate with us. Contact us today for a consultation.