Lumineers vs. traditional porcelain veneers

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2020
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Dental VeneersCosmetic dentistry is at the forefront of Smile Texas. Not only do we want our patients to have healthy smiles, but we want them to have smiles that give them self-confidence to share their smiles with others! One way in which patients can improve the appearance of their teeth is with the use of veneers. There are two types of veneers that are available in dental offices today, including Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers.

Which one is best for you?

Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis of Smile Texas can evaluate a patient to determine which treatment is best for their needs. In most cases, patients who are a candidate for porcelain veneers will also enjoy Lumineers. While these are both veneers, the primary difference between the two is the preparation required. Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic and are incredibly thin. The dentist files down the front of the tooth prior to taking impressions. These impressions are used to create the veneer in a dental laboratory. The porcelain veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth and covers many different types of imperfections.

Lumineers, on the other hand, are thinner. Because they are thinner than traditional veneers, they do not require patients to remove healthy tooth structure to place them. Lumineers can bond right over the natural tooth, and they can be removed at any time. Many patients love the ability of using Lumineers without the need to file down healthy tooth enamel to place traditional veneers. However, because of the thickness of porcelain veneers, this is necessary to avoid adding extra bulk to the smile.

Am I a candidate?

Most patients who have imperfections on the teeth near the front of the smile that they would like to disguise will want to ask their dentist about their candidacy for veneers. Patients should have a healthy smile free from periodontal diseases and tooth decay prior to considering cosmetic dentistry.

Want to learn more about Lumineers vs. traditional porcelain veneers?

Contact Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis of Sugar Land, Tx today to discuss the possibility of enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry. The team of Smile Texas can be reached by calling (281) 265-7645 today.

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