If you have been looking for a fast and easy way to elevate your dental appearance and regain that smiling confidence, cosmetic dentistry has got an array of solutions. The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for tooth enhancement being veneers and lumineers. Dental veneers and lumineers have a lot of similarities, but they still have key differences.
While they treat almost, if not exactly, the same dental problems, the dental procedures for each of them vary.
Both porcelain veneers and lumineers are structured to correct teeth imperfections. They are mostly used for cosmetic purposes rather than to treat dental health issues. They are both used to:
Other similarities being that they are durable and may even surprisingly serve you for life if great care is given to them. These measures may include refraining from teeth clenching, stay away from high pressure contact sports like rugby, brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, among others. In addition, both offer you a natural look, make your teeth stronger and are stain resistant.
While both are used to improve your aesthetic appearance and more so restore your confidence in your smile while solving the above dental blemishes, they execute their work in different ways.
Both porcelain veneers and lumineers are wafer-thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials fixed to cover the front surfaces of your teeth for cosmetic purposes. The differences come in during installation. For the start, while both are wafer-thin, lumineers are extremely thinner than veneers. This would be seen as lumineers are advanced options or improved structures of porcelain veneers.
During installation of porcelain veneers, Dr. Chapnick will have to remove quite a substantial amount of your enamel so as to have enough space to hold the porcelain veneers. This may leave the tooth weaker and exposed to dangers if the porcelain veneers become damaged through breaking, fracturing or chipping. Dentists are required to shave off up to about 5mm of your enamel. On the other side, since lumineers are thinner, it means that the dentist can place lumineers over your teeth without shaving off much of your enamel. This makes your teeth stronger since they are still protected by the natural enamel even if the lumineers get damaged and fall off.
Porcelain veneers are capable of treating a wide range of dental cosmetic issues and capable of treating more defined dental issues, since they give your tooth a new shape and length. However, due to their thinness, lumineers are limited to most of smaller cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening or increasing the length of smaller teeth while preserving the entirety of your natural tooth.
Veneers tend to give your teeth a natural appearance since it is involves drilling and placing of a veneer that is similar to your natural tooth. Lumineers do not require any drilling, and due to its nature, it is an addition to your natural teeth. Hence, lumineers may make your teeth feel bulky than normal.