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
Porcelain Veneers FAQ’s
Are you still curious about porcelain veneers? At The Dentists of Newtown, we want all our patients to have the information they need to feel confident about our treatment options. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about veneers. Read on to satisfy your curiosity and learn more about this amazing cosmetic dentistry option.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
One of the main benefits of porcelain veneers is their versatility. We can veneer your whole smile, just one tooth, or any number of teeth in between. Our veneers are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, allowing us to seamlessly conceal a variety of cosmetic flaws. We blend art and science to ensure that you enjoy a beautiful set of teeth no matter how many veneers you need. The best way to know the specific number of veneers that you may require is to schedule a consultation with our office!
How Long Do Veneers Last?
When choosing a treatment for your smile, one of the factors you may be wondering about is the durability. Veneers can last for at least 10 to 15 years as long as they are cared for properly. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Additionally, you should still floss once a day as you would normally and visit our office for routine checkups and cleanings. Also, watch out for extra hard foods like hard candies or ice that may chip your veneers. An added benefit is that dental porcelain is relatively stain-proof, allowing you to enjoy white teeth for years to come!
Are Veneers Right for My Smile?
If you’re thinking about whether or not you’re a good candidate for veneers, the only way to know with certainty is to schedule a consultation with our office. One of our experts will carefully examine your smile, looking for cosmetic imperfections like chipped, cracked, gapped, crooked, or misshapen teeth. After, they will be able to provide you with a personalized treatment plan with the right recommendation. Typically, patients who can benefit from veneers are those with various cosmetic imperfections without severe restorative issues.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Providing a precise cost estimate for veneers is difficult because of the many factors that can contribute to your treatment. Primarily, the number of teeth that you need veneers for will directly influence your overall price. However, there are other factors to consider like any restorative work needed, the number of appointments required, and other variables. No two smiles are the same, which is why you should contact our office for a consultation with our dentist in Newtown if you’re curious about cost. We can give you a better idea of the price of your treatment after closely examining your smile.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!
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.