Dental veneers are an option offered by dentists to hide discolored or broken teeth and make them appear glossy and white. Traditionally dental veneers are made from porcelain and require extensive preparation to get your teeth ready for the placement.
Presently another type of veneer known as lumineers veneers is also being offered by some dentists because these are cheaper, thinner, and faster to apply.
It may be difficult for you to choose the right kind of veneer for your teeth because the matter is not as simple as you believe. In this article, we are reviewing the differences between conventional porcelain veneers as well as lumineers veneers to make you understand the benefits and downsides of both.
Porcelain or composite veneers can make your teeth appear straighter and whiter. They are permanently cemented to your teeth and the process for the preparation and application is fairly lengthy.
Lumineers do not require much preparation before the application. They are also reversible unlike resin veneers but are not as durable as their counterparts. They are also ineffective in hiding severely damaged or stained teeth.
A laminate veneer is a corrective coating for your natural teeth. They are:
They can make you believe you have perfect teeth as they appear white, bright and glossy. They have stain resistant qualities because they are not as porous as enamel. However, the edges of the veneer where it comes into contact with the tooth may stain after five years or more.
Porcelain veneers are most appropriate where teeth have discolored to yellow or brown and are showing signs of decay or staining that are usually difficult to hide. There are suitable for broken and chipped teeth as well as the teeth that are smaller than average or unusually shaped because they become invisible behind conventional veneers.
A multistep process that is customized to the treatment you need will be required before veneers can be applied to your teeth. The Whitby dentist you are consulting will grind down the surfaces of your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. Your teeth must be trimmed down to make the veneers fit on them.
An impression of the prepared teeth will be taken by your dentist to make temporary acrylic veneers while a dental laboratory will prepare a customized set of porcelain veneers from the same impression. It will be approximately 2 to 4 weeks before the permanent veneers are fabricated and sent back to the dentist. Depending on how many teeth the veneers are being placed your initial appointment would have taken several hours.
After the veneers have been returned by the dental laboratory your dentist will cement them to your prepared teeth using a specialized bonding solution.
Your natural tooth enamel would have been compromised during the preparation process. After the veneers are cemented there would be no turning back because they will permanently sit in your mouth. They can make it difficult for you to reach your gum line when cleaning your teeth putting you at a higher risk of gum disease. Conventional veneers can last for up to 10 years and if cared for properly the duration may even double. They can cost between $ 950-$ 2500 per tooth but you may receive a discount if you are getting them on multiple teeth. However dental insurers will not be covering the costs as this considered a cosmetic treatment.
Lumineers are similar to veneers but take less preparation or advanced dental work like conventional veneers. They are made from ultra-thin laminate rather than porcelain and are identified as no-prep veneers.
They can be used like conventional veneers for hiding discolored and unusually shaped teeth. These are thinner than conventional veneers and also transparent and therefore not considered a suitable option for people with severely discolored teeth.
Lumineers do not need extensive preparation or grinding of the teeth before being applied. Two appointments will be needed before the application. The first is to take an impression of your teeth and the second for applying the lumineers in approximately 2 to 4 weeks.
Lumineers despite being semipermanent can last for up to 10 years before needing a replacement and will cost between $ 800-$ 2000.
You need to think carefully whether you want to have veneers or lumineers on your teeth. If you are serious about having them it is suggested that you talk with your dentist at Brooklin Village Dental Care and make an informed decision that is suitable for your mouth as well as your budget.