Beautiful Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Investing in cosmetic dentistry can help you love your smile again -- or for the first time. Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are two popular options. These restorations cover up imperfections to help you achieve perfect front teeth. Veneers and Lumineers are similar, but the one that is best for you will depend on a few factors. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about veneers and Lumineers from your trusted dentists in Newtown!
Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are thin restorations that can be placed on the front side of the teeth that show when you smile. These are called the “Social 6” because they are the ones that people usually see. Once here, veneers and Lumineers remake the size, shape, color, and overall appearance -- almost like magic. While it does not actually correct any issue, a veneer can mask it by applying a new layer over cosmetically imperfect teeth.
Both veneers and Lumineers can be used to cover up aesthetic issues affecting otherwise healthy teeth. Some of these include:
- Chipped teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Oddly textured teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- And other imperfections
Veneers & Lumineers: What’s the Difference?
Veneers and Lumineers are basically the same treatment, with one key difference: Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers. In fact, Lumineers are only about as thick as a contact lense. This means they can often be placed right onto the natural tooth without any preparation. Traditional veneers, on the other hand, might look bulky or too thick -- so a small portion of enamel (about 5 mm) must be removed before they can be placed. This is why porcelain veneers are considered an irreversible treatment; once you have received them, you will always need something covering up your teeth. With Lumineers, however, you can return to your natural smile at a later date if you so wish for any reason.
Maintaining Veneers and Lumineers
Veneers and Lumineers function just the same as your natural teeth, and they should be taken care of in the same way, too. You will not have to learn many special cleaning techniques after the treatment is complete. Maintaining excellent dental hygiene is crucial for keeping them beautiful and enjoying continued oral health. With proper care, Lumineers and veneers can last up to 20 years.
To care for your new restorations, remember to:
- Brush your teeth gently for two minutes, twice a day
- Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste
- Floss daily, taking care not to yank on the veneers
- Avoid biting directly into excessively hard or chewy items
- Never use your teeth to open packages or cut through anything
- Notify us right away if a veneer breaks or becomes loose
Contact Us Today
Are you interested in improving the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile? Porcelain veneers or Lumineers can help you do just that. We invite you to learn more about these options, and which one may be best for your smile, by contacting us today.