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FAQ About Veneers

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Dental veneers are probably the quickest and most effective way to achieve that perfect smile that so many aspire to have. It is no wonder, then, that they are often sought out by actors, models and others who are especially conscientious about their appearance.

But what are veneers, anyhow? Following are some common questions and answers about porcelain dental veneers.

What are they exactly? 

A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the tooth with adhesive, and designed to enhance the appearance of the tooth and smile. It is usually a procedure done by a dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry.

What kinds of problems do veneers fix? 

Veneers are designed to cosmetically enhance the smile. That said, they can cover badly stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth or gaps in the teeth. What they won’t do is stop tooth decay or other diseases of the mouth.

How are dental veneers applied? 

After the dentist has done a thorough evaluation of your teeth and corrected any problems such as cavities, he will take then take a photo or x-ray of your mouth and begin work on creating your veneer. Each veneer is a work of art, really, because it is fine tuned to match your teeth, while enhancing your smile cosmetically.

On the second visit, the dentist will apply the veneer with a special long-lasting adhesive after first removing a small amount of the tooth enamel.

How long do they last? 

If cared for properly, dental veneers can last 15 years to a lifetime. They require the same care as natural teeth, but can be damaged by excessive abrasion.

Are they expensive? 

It depends on how extensively they are used in the mouth, but generally speaking veneers are among the most expensive dental procedure there is, even more expensive than braces. This is due to their durability and the precision with which they are made.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



What are Lumineer Veneers?

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Do you want a whiter, brighter smile?  Do you have a few teeth that are stained, or crooked, or even have teeth that have a large space or gap between it?   If so, Lumineers may be the answer for you.

Lumineers are a type of veneers that are applied to your teeth.  Lumineers are painless and will provide you with a healthy, natural looking smile that is bright and white.  Unlike regular veneers, no drilling or shots are required.  Because of this, there is no pain involved when Lumineers are fitted and applied.

Lumineers are very thin veneers that are custom made for your mouth and tooth shape.  A lumineer veneer is fitted on the first office visit, and applied at the second one.  During the first visit, your dentist will take a mold or impression of your mouth.  You will also talk with your dentist about the shade and color you want your teeth to be.  Different shading scales will be held up to your natural teeth so you can get an idea about how ‘white’ would look good for you and with your natural skin tone and coloring.

Because Lumineers are so thin, they are easily removed if you decide you no longer like the look.  In fact, Lumineers are so thin, once applied, you will never know they are there!  They look completely natural and attractive.  Do not let the thin size surprise you.  The Lumineer veneers will last up to twenty years.  This makes Lumineers an excellent choice for a healthy, white and bright smile.

If you are interested in having a whiter, brighter smile in two visits, ask your dentist about Lumineer Veneers.

Posted on behalf of Toothmasters



Comparing Porcelain Veneers With Lumineers

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that are an excellent option for many patients who want to improve the look of their smiles.  Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the patients’ teeth.

They have the look and feel of natural tooth material and can be used to hide discolorations and imperfections in the patient’s teeth.  They can also be used to fill small gaps and to create the appearance of a straighter, more even smile without using braces in patients with moderately crooked teeth.

Porcelain veneers are similar to Lumineers which are similar, but not quite the same.  When porcelain veneers are placed, the surface of the patient’s teeth is shapes and a small amount of the enamel is removed where the porcelain veneer is to be placed.  This allows the tooth to retain the normal size and appearance.  Otherwise, the thickness of the veneer would make the tooth appear bulky.

The downside to this procedure is that it is not reversible.  Since some of the tooth’s natural protective material is removed during the process, the veneers cannot later be removed.

Lumineer are thinner than porcelain veneers and are bonded in place without shaping the patient’s teeth.  The advantage is that the process is less invasive and is reversible.  It requires less time in the dental chair and little if any drilling.

However, porcelain is naturally translucent and since Lumineers are so thin, they may allow too much of the patient’s natural tooth color to show through.  In addition, since Lumineers are placed directly on top of the patient’s natural teeth, they can result in a smile that appears bulky or “toothy.”

Lumineers and porcelain veneers each have advantages and disadvantages.  Your dentist can help you decide which one is right for you.

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