Choosing Between Veneers And Lumineers
When people become displeased with their smiles, they often turn to the dentist for solutions. Outside of normal cleaning and whitening, the dentist may offer the choice of getting veneers or lumineers. Both options can create a smile that people will love, but have differences that will be a deciding factor. Here is a breakdown on what veneers and lumineers can offer.
Veneers, otherwise known as dental porcelain laminates, are a kind of covering that can be placed on the teeth. They are mostly used as a solution for imperfections that can be normally found on teeth, such as chipped portions, cracks, discoloration, and even fillings. Veneers can even be used to provide a solution for a condition known as diastema, where there is a gap between the teeth. The veneers will fill in the necessary space and make the teeth appear as they would in a normal mouth.
The veneers give those who have them the appearance of teeth that look exactly the way they want, but there are some drawbacks to them. Veneers are applied using a bonding process, where the surface of the existing tooth is reduced, usually by about 5mm. This involves removing the enamel, leaving only an unprotected surface behind. This process is irreversible and if the veneers have to be removed for any reason, the tooth will be unprotected again.
Lumineers are a type of veneer, but they’re not entirely the same as veneers. They perform the same function of acting as a covering for teeth to hide any dental issues. The process of applying lumineers differs greatly from that of veneers. While veneers are more involved and use tooth reduction to facilitate the bonding process, lumineers are simply applied to the teeth without doing any kind of removal of enamel. This means that the process of adding lumineers can be reversed to give the wearer their normal teeth back.
Although lumineers are easier to apply and provide wearers with a good smile, they’re not entirely perfect. Lumineers are pretty durable and strong, but they’re are not as thick as veneers. When lumineers are worn, they have a bulkier look than veneers because of how they fit over the teeth. A bad lumineer application can find some wearers with gum inflammation and irritation as the lumineers might occasionally scrape against the lining of the gums.
Between lumineers and veneers, lumineers seem like a better option for those who want to have better looking teeth without as much difficulty. Although veneers offer a more permanent solution than lumineers, the fact that the teeth must be reduced and that it isn’t reversible can be a turn off for many. Still, either option can create a great smile.