Dental Veneers vs. Lumineers

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Not everyone is happy with their teeth. Flaws and complications can accrue over time, creating a less than perfect smile. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers several treatments to correct dental flaws, and some patients have multiple options available to them. They can choose to correct all of these flaws individually, or cover them with veneers or Lumineers.

Veneers are a one-stop shop for creating a brand new smile. They are created custom for every patient, who can even bring in examples of the smiles they wish to copy. Once the veneers are made, our dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel, and bond them to the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers can effectively mask:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps and crowding
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic stains
  • Small and misshapen teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • And more

Lumineers are a type of dental veneer. They can mask all of the same flaws that veneers do. They main difference between the two is that Lumineers are thin enough to not require any removal of enamel from the teeth. This means that unlike veneers, they can be removed if needed.

If you are debating between porcelain veneer and Lumineers, our Los Angeles dentist can assist in your decision.

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How to Know if Lumineers are Right for You?

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Potential users of Lumineers sometimes announce their candidacy without bothering to verify the product. They just want better teeth. Lumineers can provide that, but this is a subtle product not meant for radical repairs. Clients who want it instead of braces may need more dental help than Lumineers wants to give.

Lumineers may be right for you if you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored, or teeth that have been worn down due to bruxism or everyday use. Lumineers shield these problem teeth from view by covering them in a super-thin laminate. Other kinds of dental veneers do this, but Lumineers do it with unprecedented thinness. This maintains the naturalism of your smile while not subjecting you to drills or other instruments. Because of the Lumineer thinness, your teeth do not require modification before placement. Only some mild surface etching is needed for your teeth to accept the laminates.

If you have a history of dental problems that extend into deep orthodontics—like bite issues or jaw malformation—our Lumineers dentist may recommend other products for you. Lumineers are cosmetic, not orthodontic.

Otherwise, if your teeth are relatively healthy, you may be a candidate for Lumineers. Ask your provider for more information.