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Choosing Between Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers

March 27, 2018

Smiling man in dental chair giving thumbs upIf you want a simple way to transform your flawed teeth into gorgeous smiles, porcelain veneers and Lumineers from your skilled cosmetic dentist may be a great option. No cosmetic solution is right for every patient, but when you visit a trusted dental team, they will walk you through all of the options available and help you find the right solution. If you’re trying to choose between traditional porcelain veneers and minimal prep Lumineers, the differences may seem negligible. It’s important to understand the ins and outs of each option and how the treatments will affect your smile before you move forward. In this post, we’ll discuss the differences between these two similar cosmetic dentistry options and how you can choose the best option for your smile.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Traditional porcelain veneers are thin sheaths that attach to the front surfaces of teeth. They conceal and correct dental chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in teeth. About the size of a fingernail prior to placement, a small amount of surface enamel is removed to allow the veneer to lay flat within the natural smile line. The entire process can be completed in two visits.

What are Lumineers?

Like traditional veneers, Lumineers are placed on the front surfaces of teeth to correct and conceal any number of flaws. However, instead of removing surface enamel, these minimal prep veneers can be attached directly to the surfaces of your teeth. Before placement, they are as thin as a contact lens. We will still need two visits to create your Lumineers. During the initial visit, we will design your Lumineer, when you return for the second appointment, we’ll attach the custom crafted minimal prep veneer to fronts of your teeth.

Which Option is Right for Me?

Choosing between a traditional porcelain veneer and the minimal prep Lumineers can be difficult. However, depending on the types cosmetic flaws and extent of your treatment, a skilled cosmetic dentist can help you make the right choice. Porcelain veneers are thicker and longer lasting, but they do require the removal of healthy tooth structure prior to placement. Ultra thin Lumineers may not be the best option for those who want to make extensive corrections, but they do offer long lasting, quality results for many patients. Best of all, they do not require the removal of any healthy tooth structure.

Meet Dr. Ramsey

Still not 100% sure whether you should choose porcelain veneers or Lumineers? Ellis L. Ramsey, DDS and his dedicated cosmetic dentistry team are here to help. During a cosmetic dentistry consultation, we can discuss in greater details the advantages of each option and help you make the right decision. We look forward to helping you get the gorgeous smile of your dreams, and we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to do just that. Ready to get started down the road to your dream smile? Call to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation in our Dallas dental office today.

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