Similarities: Veneers and Lumineers®
Both treatments enhance the appearance of your smile by concealing flaws, such as misalignment, discoloration, chips, cracks, and other issues. In addition, veneers and Lumineers® are thin shells of dental porcelain, custom-made to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. In general, porcelain veneers and Lumineers® cost about the same.
Differences: Veneers and Lumineers®
When considering which type of veneer to choose, it is important to consider the main differences between the two products. Lumineers® are fabricated using Cerinate® porcelain, an exceptionally strong material which allows for very thin shells. However, to compensate for the thinness of Lumineers®, the material must be more opaque than thicker veneers to properly conceal the underlying imperfections. In contrast, traditional veneers are more translucent, allowing the material to closely mimic the reflective qualities of natural teeth.
The thickness of veneers and Lumineers® also affects the method for placing them. With ultra-thin Lumineers®, little to no enamel is removed before placing the restoration. Therefore, the natural structure of your tooth is maintained and the procedure is reversible. Porcelain veneers, however, are thicker and require Dr. Newman to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the treated teeth. This process ensures your veneers fit properly in your smile without appearing bulky.
The Disadvantages of Lumineers®
Due to their thin design, Lumineers® generally cannot provide the same lifelike results as Dr. Newman's high-quality porcelain veneers. They do not possess the same light-handling characteristics as traditional veneers and often cannot adequately mask the color of the tooth underneath, especially if you have severe discoloration.
In addition, since the underlying teeth are not altered in any way, patients' teeth may appear large or bulky. Lumineers® are also more likely to affect your speech, biting habits, and comfort than traditional veneers. For many patients, Lumineers® are more difficult to keep clean, which can lead to oral health concerns.
Why Choose Our Practice?
With over 15 years of experience as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Clint Newman has the skills and training to provide lifelike, attractive porcelain veneers. He regularly designs custom veneers for a range of patients using high-quality materials from some of the best veneers brands on the market. With exceptional attention to detail and an artistic approach, you can feel confident that Dr. Newman can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
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If you want to enhance the overall appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can provide similar benefits to teeth whitening, dental crowns, and orthodontics in a single treatment. Contact our office online to learn more about our advanced materials or view our smile gallery to see how Dr. Newman transforms his patients' smiles.