SmileTexas® Porcelain Veneers
Before and After
Difference Between Lumineers And The All-Porcelain Veneers
We are often asked if we offer Lumineer brand dental veneers. Lumineers are just a brand name for a type of porcelain dental veneer made by a company called DenMat. While they are a good product, Dr. Bret Davis feels that the type of porcelain veneer we use is better because it is more natural-looking and stronger. Dr. Davis has created thousands of beautiful, healthy smile makeovers using eMax porcelain from Ivoclar Vivadent, a leading international dental company.
Porcelain dental veneers are one of the best and quickest solutions for dark teeth or teeth that are chipped, stained, crooked, or have gaps and spaces between them. Porcelain dental veneers are most commonly used to create smile makeovers and are also an option for patients that are simply looking to improve their smile or want a beautiful smile. Renowned Houston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Bret C. Davis can correct a wide range of dental issues using porcelain veneers and create a healthy, beautiful, natural-looking smile that corrects dental problems that affect how your teeth look and function.
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What are Porcelain Veneers And/Or “No-Prep” Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain bonded to the front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are an ideal way to correct stained, spaced, chipped, or crooked teeth. Veneers will transform your smile into a bright, straight, natural-looking smile!. Imagine that in just two visits you can have the custom-made smile of your dreams.
At SmileTexas® we use porcelain veneers and gentle no-prep veneer alternatives. Porcelain veneers are designed in a style and proportion to fit your face, look naturally beautiful, and give you a great new smile you’ll be proud to show off. Veneers make your smile straight and white, resistant to staining and discoloring, and in many cases are stronger than your natural teeth. The end result is what we call a “Smile Makeover” because your beautiful, new smile will make you feel more attractive, confident, and like a new you!
Differences Between Lumineers and Veneers
Lumineers and porcelain veneers are used to treat many of the same cosmetic concerns. Some studies suggest that, with good care, they can last approximately the same amount of time. It is important to understand that several factors determine how long any veneer lasts, including the skill of the dentist who performs the treatment. General differences between Lumineers and porcelain veneers include:
Lumineers are a brand of no-prep veneers. This is because there is no need to reduce the natural tooth structure to accommodate the extra layer that is added by the veneer. Lumineers are only about half of the thickness of traditional veneers so they do not create a ridge at the gum line. Though there is no need to prep teeth for Lumineers, there is still a need for two dental visits to complete the treatment process. At the first visit, we take impressions that guide the fabrication of the no-prep veneers. On the second visit, they are bonded to teeth.
Being thinner, Lumineers are more translucent than traditional porcelain veneers. They are slick to the touch, just like natural enamel. However, traditional veneers are, as well. Being so thin and translucent does mean that Lumineers may not be suitable for people with severe discoloration.
Veneers are considered a permanent treatment. This means that, if a veneer is damaged, it has to be replaced. This is necessary because teeth are reduced to accommodate veneers. Lumineers don’t require tooth reduction and so are considered semi-permanent. If a no-prep veneer were to be damaged, it can be removed rather than replaced.
What Issues Can Lumineers Correct?
- dark teeth
- stained or discolored teeth
- gaps or spaces
- old crowns and fillings
- crooked or crowded teeth
- small or chipped teeth
- old fillings and cavities
Lumineer Placement Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers is one that requires the skill, precision, and artistry of a talented cosmetic dentist. Having your smile made over with veneers at our office will only take about two office visits. During your first visit at SmileTexas®, our doctor will consult with you regarding your expectations. The size, shape, and color of the porcelain will be discussed. Your teeth will be prepared for the final restorations, and temporaries will be placed while your case is crafted by a master ceramist. At the second visit, your case is seated, and you leave with a beautiful, brand new smile! This procedure can be done in as little as 1 week!
The Results Of Your New Lumineers
Take a look at our Smile Gallery and you will see countless before and after pictures of our patients who have chosen to improve their smile through porcelain veneers. Visit our Smile Gallery and see the smile transformations! We’re sure you will see a case that resembles your own!
Porcelain veneers can also cover and repair cracked and chipped teeth. Because porcelain veneers are custom-made and fitted to your teeth, you can customize and improve much more than just the color of your teeth. Crooked and chipped teeth can have their appearances improved to give you a beautiful new smile. Any broken teeth can be repaired using porcelain crowns, or caps, that can be color-matched to your veneers.
Are Lumineers Permanent?
No-prep veneers may last from 10 to 20 years with excellent care. To prolong the results of treatment, patients are advised to avoid certain habits, like chewing on hard objects. Good oral care, including periodic check-ups and cleanings at six-month intervals, are also necessary to maintain Lumineers and porcelain veneers for as long as possible.
Can Lumineers Be Whitened?
Veneers are made of stain-resistant ceramic material that should hold its radiance for many years. Lumineers are nonporous and so cannot be whitened with whitening strips, toothpaste, or professional treatments. If you are unhappy with a dull set of Lumineers, your option is to have them replaced either with new no-prep veneers or with full porcelain veneers that look and feel like real enamel.
With Lumineers, Can You Still Chew Gum and Eat Sticky Foods?
Yes. There are no limitations to what you can eat or drink once your Lumineers have been affixed to your teeth.
Are Lumineers Covered By Insurance?
In most cases, Lumineers are considered a cosmetic treatment. They are therefore not covered by insurance.
Are Lumineers Painful?
Getting Lumineers is comfortable and convenient. There is no need to reduce or file teeth in most cases, so no need for shots of anesthetic. Because teeth are not altered, Lumineers patients do not need temporary veneers, either. The entire treatment can be completed without any pain.
Risks of Lumineers
The risks associated with Lumineers are similar to those that exist for patients who get traditional porcelain veneers. Problems rarely occur but could include a veneer chipping or falling off. A veneer may chip or crack under certain pressure. For example, biting on a pen cap or biting into chewy candy using the front teeth. Biting and pulling could degrade the bond between a veneer and natural tooth enamel, so this should be avoided. Patients should note that Lumineers have a manufacturer warranty that should cover the cost of replacement if a veneer is damaged or falls off within a certain time frame.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about Lumineers or to schedule a consultation, call our SmileTexas® Sugarland office at (281) 265-7645. Our talented team serves Sugar Land, Houston, and the surrounding Texas areas, and we look forward to meeting you.