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Information to Help With Choosing Between Lumineers or Dental Veneers
If patients have different issues with their teeth and their dentist has said that dental veneers or Lumineers could help, it can be an exciting time. The ease of having dental veneers applied and the amazing “before” and “after” that the patient will instantly see is definitely an exciting opportunity.
With recent advancements in dental technology, the dentist may explain that the patient could have either dental veneers or Lumineers. The question that most people have is which is preferred or the better option. However, it is essential to understand the subtle difference between the two.
Lumineers or dental veneers: Is there a "better" choice?
First, it is essential to understand the differences between Lumineers and dental veneers. The best way to explain it is like the difference between the latest smartphone, and the upgraded version with more memory. Both are great options, are the same item, but one is a better choice for certain people.
Lumineers are a specific brand of dental veneers. One of the things that makes Lumineers a better choice for some people is that it takes less preparation than dental veneers. Although, for people with severely discolored teeth or other significant issues, Lumineers may not be the better choice for them individually.
What is the preparation process for Lumineers and dental veneers?
With general dental veneers, dentists must first remove 0.5 millimeters of tooth enamel to place them. This is to make room for the dental veneers and attach and bond them to the front of the teeth, which looks completely natural.
However, Lumineers are much thinner and do not require as much of the enamel to be shaved off. For people with more discolored teeth or less subtle issues, they may not be the better choice because of their thinness. It is also important that the dental professional applying the Lumineers knows how to shape the extremely thin Lumineers correctly.
What if Lumineers are not shaped or applied correctly?
Lumineers are extremely thin, even compared to dental veneers that are already thin, so the shaping and application are both very tedious. It is essential to ask the dental professional their experience with applying Lumineers. Typically they will have a several “before” and “after” photos to show the difference that the patient can expect to see.
However, with a trained specialist that is well versed in Lumineers, and if the patient does not have severe teeth issues to hide, it can be an excellent choice!
Lumineers and dental veneers are both good choices
In the end, it's all about the patient and their needs, and the dental professional that is completing the application. Both Lumineers and dental veneers are excellent choices for people looking to transform their smile. The best thing is to ask plenty of questions and select the best option for your specific case.
Have more questions about choosing between Lumineers or dental veneers? Give our office a call; we are always ready to answer additional questions that you may have and help you make an informed decision with confidence. Give us a call anytime!
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