Veneers and Lumineers
When traditional teeth whitening methods won't do the trick, hope is not lost. It comes in the form of porcelain veneers (sometimes also incorrectly called dental crowns or dental caps), which are thin porcelain sleeves that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. The process takes place over a few trips to the dentist, which includes a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for treatment, taking impressions of your mouth, and finally, bonding the veneers. Lumineers are a type of veneer in that they are usually made of porcelain, and they are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. However, they are stronger and thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, thereby giving them a longer lifespan than veneers as well. Typical veneers last approximately five years, whereas lumineers can last up to twenty years. Also, for some patients, lumineers can be a viable alternative to braces.