Have you ever noticed that every actor and actress in Hollywood seems to have straight, white, flawless teeth? Luckily, these days, just about anyone can achieve a “Hollywood smile” using veneers or Lumineers. Made of a thin and natural-looking material, these tiny, porcelain shells are bonded to the top of the teeth to provide a more attractive appearance. They can help makeover a variety of dental problems, including stains, discoloration, gaps, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, or misshapen teeth. The question is: which option should you choose? Today we’re discussing Lumineers vs. veneers, so that you can make an informed decision.
When your Oxnard Ventura County Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Saj Jivraj gives you the green light for a cosmetic smile makeover, you have some decisions to make. Revamping your entire smile can happen with several cosmetic dentistry procedures, or you can achieve that amazing new smile with just one procedure, like Lumineers or porcelain veneers. Which treatment is right for you?
Envious of the flawless, white teeth you see throughout Oxnard City near Camarillo? You too can have a memorable smile by choosing a natural-looking cosmetic dentistry treatment like porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Which option is best for you? Learn the similarities and differences between the two smile makeover procedures.
Lumineers Vs. Dental Veneers
Although Lumineers and veneers can both improve your smile by hiding dental flaws, they differ in procedure and how they affect the state of the original tooth. Before you sign up for either procedure, you should review your options. We’ve provided some basic similarities and differences below, but if you’re interested in veneers or Lumineers, be sure to consult with a Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jivraj before you decide which option is right for you. Every person’s teeth are different, and you need to have a personalized consultation before you undergo a drastic procedure.
Lumineers Vs Veneers Similarities
- Both options can improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth.
- Both options can give you a whiter, brighter smile.
- Both options can hide a cracked or chipped tooth.
- Both options can cover gaps between teeth.
- Both options are comfortable and have a natural appearance.
- Both options are formed from a thin layer of porcelain.
- Both options are strong, durable, and easy to maintain.
- Both options will not stain or change color with time.
- Both options are custom-made to create a seamless smile.
- Both options come with a similar price tag.
Lumineers Vs Veneers Differences
- Veneers require some removal and reshaping of the original tooth (or teeth). To create a natural appearance that isn’t bulky or overly large, the Oxnard Cosmetic Dentist near Camarillo will remove about 5mm from the tooth’s surface. Enamel is removed, leaving the tooth unprotected until the veneer is applied. So if the veneer needs to be removed in the future, the tooth will be unprotected once more. As a long-term solution, this permanent removal of enamel may be concerning to some patients. Veneers can be placed in about two visits.
- Lumineers provide the same function as porcelain veneers, but they are not as invasive. The original tooth is left unchanged and the enamel is not damaged, which some patients prefer as a long-term solution. To achieve this, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers (they’re about as thick as a contact lens), but they’re still strong and durable. However, they may look and feel slightly bulkier when compared to veneers. Because of this, it is important that you choose an experienced dentist if you want a flawless, natural smile with Lumineers. Finally, Lumineers are quicker to apply than veneers because the teeth are not shaved down beforehand.
Preparation for Veneers vs. Lumineers
Porcelain veneers have been around for a long time, and the modern incarnation of porcelain veneers is magnificent. Your new smile can be designed so that your teeth are flattering in size, shape, length, color, and translucency. To prep teeth for veneers, tooth structure must be drilled away to make room for the veneers to be placed on and bonded to the teeth. Some patients would rather avoid this invasive element of the procedure and opt for Lumineers instead.
Lumineers are often called no-prep veneers because they require very minimal preparation of the tooth enamel, if any. A cleaning and light sanding, if necessary, is done to prep the teeth for the contact-lens-thin Lumineers. No shots or anesthesia are necessary, there is minimal discomfort or sensitivity, and there is no need to place acrylic temporaries between dental visits.
Application of Veneers vs. Lumineers
Veneers and Lumineers are applied to the teeth in much the same way. Once the porcelain shells have been customized for your smile, they are temporarily put in place so that you and your Oxnard Ventura Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jivraj can review their placement and appearance. If you are content with how the veneers look, they will be permanently bonded in place for a long-lasting and incredibly durable smile makeover solution.
Composition of Veneers vs. Lumineers
Veneers are incredibly thin and durable. Lumineers are composed of Cerinate porcelain from Den Mat Lab. Their proprietary technology, research data, and over 30 years of experience make this product hard to beat. The porcelain material used for Lumineers is digitally designed to be ultra-thin, even thinner than that used to create veneers.
Appearance of Veneers vs. Lumineers
What many patients do not realize about veneers is that it’s not just the color of these thing pieces of porcelain that’s important, a good level translucency is also necessary. Natural teeth reflect light – without this detail, your smile makeover will fall flat and look fake. The meticulous and customized nature of porcelain veneers eliminates any chance of a smile looking anything but natural.
While Lumineers are in demand for their thinness, the limited ability to change the color of the no-prep veneers may turn off some patients. Lumineers may not look as natural as porcelain veneers and could fall flat. They will be white, but they will more opaque white and lacking in the all-important translucency. The very thing that makes Lumineers attractive – their thin composition – means there is a lack of room and thickness to manifest a lifelike porcelain restoration.
Eligibility for Veneers vs. Lumineers
Not every patient is a good candidate for Lumineers. Although Lumineers are incredibly thin, when added to the front surface of the tooth they can appear chunky, bulky, and thick. This may be exactly the opposite of what a patient is seeking.
Other important factors that influence your candidacy for veneers or Lumineers include your bite or occlusion, as well as the existing color of your teeth. After a complete examination, your Camarillo cosmetic dentist can determine if Lumineers will be the most aesthetically pleasing option for your smile makeover.
Your Oxnard, Ventura Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Saj Jivraj, is well-known for his experience in cosmetic dentistry and meticulousness in placing porcelain veneers and Lumineers. Make your appointment with him to find out whether you are a candidate for veneers or Lumineers, or to see if another type of smile makeover is right for you. Knowing the pros, cons, risks, benefits, and costs of both procedures allows you to make the most informed decision for your smile and oral health.
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