Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are the same in a lot of ways. Both provide a cosmetic enhancement by covering a wide range of tooth imperfections. Are you bothered about chips or cracks on your teeth? Is your self-esteem affected by tooth misalignment or stained, yellowish teeth? Veneers and Lumineers can effectively handle all of these flaws, and many of your dental concerns. They’re both thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded over the teeth, to correct flaws and enhance the appearance of your smile.
But how are porcelain veneers and Lumineers different? We received many calls asking about these two treatments that we’ve decided to write an article about it. This will help you decide which treatment suits you best.
Lumineers are Much Thinner than Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are made from the same material, and are also bonded the same way. However, Lumineers are much thinner. This allows the dentist to place them on your teeth without the prep work necessary. This preserves healthy tooth structure because enamel removal is not a requirement. This also speeds up the process of your smile makeover treatment.
Since veneers are a few millimeters thicker than lumineers, tooth preparation is a must before bonding the veneers. A small amount of enamel is removed to make room for them, so the veneers won’t appear protruded once placed on your teeth. Tooth reduction may be invasive, but this creates good surface traction and makes the veneers bond well to your teeth for years. It also brings about a very natural-looking appearance.
Lumineers is a Faster Treatment than Porcelain Veneers
Since no prep work is necessary, Lumineers can be completed much faster than veneers. Once your treatment plan is prepared, Lumineers can be done in a single office visit. Porcelain veneers take 2 to 3 appointments to complete. The first one involves tooth preparation and taking your impressions, and then the final visit for the actual bonding procedure.
Lumineers are Less Expensive than Porcelain Veneers
Lumineers are ultra thin shells requiring a fast treatment time; hence, they’re less expensive. They’re perfect for patients who are under a budget, yet want to improve the appearance of their teeth.
Which Treatment is the Better One?
The answer to this question rests entirely on you and your needs. Lumineers are great if you want a fast, less invasive, inexpensive approach. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are beneficial to those who prefer better adhesion and longevity. You need to evaluate your needs and goals to see which treatment is most beneficial for you.
Let’s Talk about Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers at Creative Edge Dentistry
If you’re interested about porcelain veneers and Lumineers and are unsure which treatment is right for you, visit Dr. Kari Bender and our team at Creative Edge Dentistry. We will give you an objective view of these two treatments, so you can truly make a well informed decision. Your beautiful smile and satisfaction are goals that we take seriously. We want you to come out of our practice happy about your treatment. Call (405) 341-9351 to schedule an appointment. You can also drop by our practice located at 1219 E. 9th Street Edmond, OK.
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