When looking to make quick cosmetic improvements to your smile, patients may turn to porcelain veneers or Lumineers in Lansdale. Although porcelain veneers and Lumineers are manufactured of thin porcelain and are used in cosmetic dentistry in order to correct teeth imperfections, they have differences that make them better for certain patients.
Uses of Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are used for correcting teeth flaws that you may not be proud of in your teeth. Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers have a natural look, are very strong and do not change color in time.
They repair the exterior of damaged or crooked teeth and strengthen them. If a tooth needs lengthening, this can also be done with veneers or Lumineers. Veneers and Lumineers can also be used to cover fillings which have changed color. They can even be used to cover gaps in a patient’s teeth. These gaps can be corrected by orthodontic procedures, but porcelain veneers or Lumineers provide a faster solution.
Dental veneers are manufactured by two types of materials: composites and porcelain. Porcelain veneers are more durable and have a more natural-looking and feeling appearance.
The procedure of using dental veneers can be a problem for some patients. Veneers need to be placed on the tooth and in order to avoid a bulky and unnatural look, so your dentist needs to remove about 5 mm from the surface of the tooth. Therefore, the tooth loses its natural enamel and is no longer protected by anything else than the porcelain veneer.
Given that porcelain veneers in Lansdale are custom-made and they can be replaced periodically, this procedure should not pose any problems. But, once a patient undergoes this procedure, their veneers are permanently placed and need to be maintained properly from there on out.
Lumineers have the same function as the porcelain veneers and provide the same benefits to the patient. The placement of Lumineers doesn’t involve the peeling of the enamel of the tooth and therefore might be a better long-term solution than veneers. When placing Lumineers, the structure of the tooth remains the same and they can actually be removed if a patient needed them gone.
Lumineers are much thinner than porcelain veneers. Since they are only as thick as a thin contact lense, this makes them less durable against wear and tear that your smile faces.
Given that Lumineers are placed without the tooth being altered, they do add to the overall structure of the tooth and might feel a little bulkier than the classic porcelain veneers. However, your tooth is still protected by its natural enamel, even if the Lumineers need to be taken off.
If you’re considering which procedure may be best for you, remember, the main difference between porcelain veneers and Lumineers is that veneers require enamel to be removed and Lumineers do not alter the structure of the tooth.
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If you’re looking for a dental office that can make your cosmetic dental dreams come true, our dedicated dentists and team have years of training and experience to help you get there. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable dentistry team to find out more about which cosmetic service is best for you by calling our office at (215) 368-2424.