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.
Veneers and Lumineers Procedures
In addition, the procedure for placing lumineers is far more painless than veneers. Veneers can require removal of some of the tooth area in order to get the sleeves to fit properly. Depending on how extensive this procedure is needed, veneers can necessitate multiple dental appointments. Since the lumineers fit on the front of your teeth, your teeth will not have to be “re-shaped.”
However, lumineers do require some tooth scraping to ensure a tight fit during the bonding process. As a result, there is a risk of higher tooth sensitivity, particularly to heat and cold, although the risk is not nearly as high as with porcelain veneers.
Both are excellent solutions to correct smiles damaged by stained, discolored (from trauma), misaligned, chipped, spaced, and misshapen teeth. Not every patient can be a candidate for either lumineers or veneers, so be sure to talk to your dentist about which procedure is best for you and your smile.