According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for cosmetic dental work has actually doubled within the last five years—meaning more people than ever before are opting to enhance their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. And two options that are widely utilized and capable of producing gorgeous results are porcelain veneers and Lumineers. Here’s a closer look at these two treatment options and what each can potentially do for you.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective and versatile cosmetic treatment options available. They’re thin shells made from a special, durable porcelain, and once they’ve been bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth, you’ll notice an immediate improvement to your smile’s appearance. The procedure does involve the removal of some enamel (about 5mm), but this ultimately ensures that the veneers will last and look flawless in the long run, and it’s nothing to worry about. Under optimal circumstances, they can last for 10 or 15 years.
What About Lumineers?
Lumineers are a unique type of veneer; the primary difference is that Lumineers are much thinner than veneers (they’re about as thick as a contact lens). That said, they’re still durable and able to provide the same aesthetic benefits as veneers. But because they’re thinner than veneers, Lumineers are applied a little differently, too. The procedure actually doesn’t involve any enamel removal! Some patients prefer this opposed to veneers, given that it is a long-term solution. However, this sometimes leads to Lumineers looking and feeling a little bulkier than veneers.
Which Option Is Best for My Smile?
Since veneers and Lumineers are fairly similar, they both can address a wide range of issues including staining and discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned or misshapen teeth, and more. Both options are also typically comparable in cost (though Lumineers are sometimes slightly more affordable). That said, the best way to determine which option better suits your needs is by discussing your smile goals with your dentist. They can help you review the pros and cons of each and answer any questions you might have.
Ultimately, veneers and Lumineers are both capable of completely transforming your smile for the better if you’re diligent about taking care of them. If you’re curious about receiving either of these options, don’t wait to speak with your cosmetic dentist.
About the Practice
Dental & Cosmetic Solutions is honored to serve the dental needs of the Pepper Pike area under the leadership of Dr. Vladimir Pastouk and Dr. Andrea Csok. Their practice is proud to offer a wide range of services including several cosmetic treatment options like veneers and Lumineers. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact the practice online or over the phone for assistance: (216) 292-3600.