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May
6

What’s the Difference Between Lumineers and Regular Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

You’ve heard so much about how veneers can makeover a smile in one appointment. Countless celebrities and movie stars have glammed up their grins thanks to the help of veneers.

But what’s this about “Lumineers?”

Lumineers vs. Veneers – The Differences

Dental veneers are .5mm-thick sheets of porcelain crafted to fit over the front of a tooth. They replace an ultra-thin layer of enamel to create a smooth surface.

Lumineers are a brand of “no-prep” veneers. They essentially do the same thing, but they don’t actually replace an outer layer of enamel. Instead, they’re bonded directly over the tooth. They measure in at around .2mm – about the thickness of a contact lens.

Why Choose Lumineers?

Because Lumineers don’t require any tooth alteration, you can get them put on with zero-drilling and no numbing. They’re also reversible. If you ever decide that you want to go back to your original smile, your dentist can pop Lumineers off. This is not the case with traditional veneers which permanently alter your teeth.

There are other brands of no-prep veneers. Lumineers just happen to be well-known.

Are Lumineers Really Better?

Just because no-prep veneers are reversible doesn’t make them the best option. They might be thin, but you may notice the difference in bulk on your teeth. So much so that you could have problems closing your lips, biting into food, and even risk having a plaque-collecting “speed bump” near your gum line where the veneer ends. You need just the right smile to consider this option.

It’s not to say that either regular veneers or Lumineers are better. It simply depends on what your unique smile needs are. Ask a cosmetic dentist in your area which method will help you reach your goal.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Jul
3

No Prep Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Lumineers allow patients to dramatically transform their smiles in a way that’s so easy, there’s no reason to put it off! What makes Lumineers different from traditional dental veneers is that they require very minimal or no preparation at all. Conventional veneers require teeth to be slightly altered before a veneer can be cemented in place, meaning that if a veneer ever breaks or falls off, you’ll need to have a new one put on as soon as possible. Lumineers are completely reversible, because the natural tooth is preserved underneath.

Since there’s no alterations to your teeth that are needed, the treatment can be completed quicker, more comfortably, and with fewer dental visits. All that is needed is an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a Lumineers lab where your custom Lumineers veneers are made.  In about 2 weeks, your Lumineers will arrive back at your dental office and ready for placement. A short appointment is all that is needed! Each tooth will be gently conditioned to accommodate long-term bonding with the Lumineer. Once all of the Lumineers have been placed, you’ll have a completely brand-new smile!

Lumineers are semi-transparent veneers that are durable and give the appearance of natural teeth. You can customize your veneers to be the color, shape, and size of your liking, allowing your dentist to correct the appearance of teeth that are stained, misshaped, or even crooked. As the Lumineers are lined up side-by-side across your smile, a brand new smile is created.

In two short visits, you can have the straight, white smile that you’ve always wanted. Set up your consultation and impression appointment today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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