To give our patients beautiful smiles, we use many different techniques, as well as group some procedures together. One of the most commonly used and versatile dental procedures is to get dental veneers.
Dental Veneers and Lumineers can resolve many dental issues including gapped teeth, broken teeth, malocclusion, chipped teeth and discolored teeth. Veneers are ideal for solving several issues at the same time instead of needing multiple treatments, which is what makes them so versatile. So, if a patient has a gap between their front teeth and the teeth also happen to be chipped and discolored, it would take several procedures.
There are several differences between veneers and Lumineers, with each being used for specific cases. Veneers are a thin piece of porcelain, or similar material, which is custom made to match a person’s tooth or to reshape the appearance. To place veneers, a small amount of Enamel needs to be removed in order to allow the veneers to attach. In most cases, the enamel is discolored or damaged, so the removal is justified. Once cemented in place, the veneers can’t be removed, meaning they are a semi-permanent dental appliance.
A large difference between veneers and Lumineers is that Lumineers are thinner, so less enamel will need to be shaved in order to install them. Just like veneers, Lumineers look identical to natural teeth. Due to the lack of enamel that needs to be removed, many people opt for Lumineers, especially those without significant damage to the teeth. Since less enamel is removed, it is considered slightly less invasive and leaves more of an opportunity to have them removed more easily later on.