If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry in Mount Pleasant, you may be wondering if you should choose veneers or Lumineers. These treatments are very similar, but they do have some differences you should keep in mind when making your decision.
In this blog from Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, we’ll discuss the basics about each treatment and explain which one may be the better option based on your specific needs.
Veneers are typically made of porcelain. They are crafted to look and feel just like natural teeth, and are custom-built in a dental lab to fit perfectly over your natural teeth. Veneers are designed to cover up the fronts of your teeth and cover up a wide variety of cosmetic flaws, ranging from stains to chipped teeth, gapped teeth and more.
It’s important to note that to place veneers, a thin layer of enamel must be removed from your teeth. This is done so that the veneers fit perfectly into your mouth and do not affect your bite. Once your veneers have been placed, your teeth will be just as strong as they were before they were trimmed.
After treatment, veneers offer excellent results. They can easily last 10-20 years or longer, and are extremely durable due to the thick, strong porcelain used to build them. In addition, the porcelain used for veneers is completely stain-resistant, so your smile will look perfect for years to come.
In almost every way, Lumineers are the same as veneers. They are also made of porcelain, and are built to fit over your teeth, cover up cosmetic flaws, and improve your smile and self-confidence.
The big difference is that veneers do not require you to have your teeth trimmed. This is because they use a much thinner type of porcelain ceramic material that’s only about as thick as a contact lens.
Because of this, there is no drilling needed for Lumineers, since they can usually be placed over your teeth without trimming them. This also means the treatment can be reversed, since there is no need for permanent enamel removal.
For most patients, traditional veneers are a better choice than Lumineers. This is because they are cheaper, more durable, and have a longer lifespan. Lumineers tend to fail sooner than traditional veneers because they’re very thin.
Traditional veneers are also more effective in certain situations, like covering up stained teeth. Due to how thin Lumineers are, they may not be appropriate for treating severe stains.
And while traditional veneers are not reversible, it’s quite rare for patients to want to reverse their veneer treatment. Veneers last a long time, are very durable, and dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.
Dr. Candice Vinson is an experienced prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist in Mount Pleasant. If you’d like to explore your options for improving your smile, such as veneers, don’t wait. Contact us online or call us at (843) 936-1690 to schedule a consultation today.