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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.

Veneers are porcelain “covers” that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth. Today’s veneers are made of durable porcelain that can be tinted and shaped to match your teeth and your smile so the end result is flawless. When it comes to veneers, at Anacapa Dental Art Institute, Oxnard you have two primary options: “traditional” porcelain veneers and Lumineers®, an innovative “twist” on dental veneers that offer several significant advantages for a lot of patients.

Here’s how to tell which option is a better choice for you.

Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers: How They Compare

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to correct the appearance of:

  • Improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth.
  • Give you a whiter, brighter smile.
  • Hide a cracked or chipped tooth.
  • Cover gaps between teeth.
  • Comfortable and have a natural appearance.
  • Formed from a thin layer of porcelain.
  • Strong, durable, and easy to maintain.
  • Both options will not stain or change color with time.
  • Custom-made to create a seamless smile.
  • Come with a similar price tag.

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are created in a dental lab that specializes in state-of-the-art restorations, and both can be placed in two visits. Once in place, you’ll care for both the same way, with regular brushing and flossing and routine office visits to make sure your restorations stay in good shape.

What Exactly is the Difference Between Lumineers and Veneers?

Anyone who needs to fix a less than perfect tooth, or in some cases, more than one tooth may be wondering what the difference is between Lumineers and veneers, and more importantly, which one is the best option for them. The main difference is that veneers require the removal of some of the tooth structure before they can be applied, which is not the case with Lumineers. Veneers tend to be thicker, so the application process requires some preparation so that the veneer looks natural when it is bonded to the tooth. Also, Lumineers more closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Since the application of Lumineers does not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if the patient wishes. This is not the case with traditional dental veneers. Keep in mind that when veneers are applied, the procedure may result in some sensitivity of the tooth. Many patients find that Lumineers are much more tolerable. If your smile is less than perfect, and you are considering Lumineers as an option, your dental professional can advise you as to if you are a candidate.

Lumineers or Porcelain Veneers: Which Is Right for You?

Both Lumineers and porcelain veneers can be really effective in correcting a lot of cosmetic issues, and both can help you enjoy a more beautiful smile (and increased confidence too). To learn more about both products and to decide which one is a better option for you, contact the practice today.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation with Dr. J

Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.

Call today for a private consultation. Renew your smile, renew your life.

About Your Oxnard, CA Cosmetic Dentist:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-988-3317. Our office at 2821 N Ventura Road, Oxnard, CA 93036 welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.

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