Cosmetic dentistry is a lot more than what it seems. In addition to whitening discolored teeth, cosmetic dental procedures can correct problems such as breaks, cracks, and misshapen teeth. Veneers and Lumineers are options that can address issues with the coating of your teeth. It’s helpful to know the differences so you can decide which option is better for you.
What are Veneers and Lumineers For?
Although veneers and Lumineers have differences, they also have similarities. Both veneers and Lumineers are meant to treat cosmetic problems with the teeth and use various materials to create an ideal smile. They are made to fit over the teeth to cover up problems such as too-small teeth or discolored teeth.
Veneers and Lumineers are designed to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues. They can correct uneven teeth, gaps between the teeth, crookedness, and even stains. Whether you decide either veneers or Lumineers are better for your specific needs, you can look forward to a more beautiful smile either way.
Lumineers are Thinner Than Veneers
Lumineers are much thinner than veneers. Porcelain veneers are typically around 0.5 millimeters thick, but Lumineers are considerably thinner. They are made of a thin, durable laminate material and are around 0.2 millimeters thick, making them just as thin as a contact lens.
Lumineers Require Less Preparation and Are Reversible
The chief benefit of Lumineers being so thin is that they can easily be placed over the tooth without needing to shave away any of your natural enamel. Veneers, on the other hand, are thicker, which means that some of the enamel must be trimmed away to accommodate them so they don’t add any bulk to the natural teeth.
Lumineers are often referred to as “no-prep” or “minimal prep” veneers as they are easy to place on the teeth while allowing you to retain your natural enamel. Lumineers are also reversible, which means if you decide you no longer want them at some point in the future, they can be removed. Veneers are permanent and cannot be removed due to enamel having to be removed to accommodate them.
Lumineers May Not Be Right for Everyone
Although Lumineers definitely carry some benefits over traditional veneers, they may not be right for everyone. They are thinner and not completely opaque, which means they may not be the best option for covering up teeth that are severely discolored.
In any case, it’s important to discuss your options with Dr. Kandar to determine whether veneers or Lumineers are more appropriate for you based on your issue.
Cosmetic Dentist in San Francisco
The best way to know which cosmetic dental technique is best for your unique needs and desires is to talk with Dr. Kandar during a consultation. Dr. Kandar can examine your teeth and listen to your concerns about their appearance before recommending a personalized treatment plan to address your needs. Set up your initial appointment today by calling UNO DENTAL or filling out a contact form online.