What are Veneers?
Veneers are special thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented to your teeth, eliminating any visible chips, awkward gaps, cracks, or discoloration. This durable treatment stands the test of time, giving your smile a natural, bright and even appearance.
Why choose veneers?
Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding. They’re highly resistant to stains, scratches, and color changes over the years, even if you’re a wine or coffee enthusiast. For the procedure, little to no anesthesia is needed.
What is the process for getting veneers like?
The process for getting veneers typically entails three appointments. During the first, the patient’s teeth will be lightly buffed in preparation for the small addition of the veneer. Usually, half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require an anesthetic. Additionally, a mold of the teeth is taken and sent to the laboratory to prepare the veneers.
During the next visit, the veneers are placed on the tooth with water or glycerin to ensure they’re a good fit and color match. If necessary, the veneers can be adjusted using different shades of cement.
Finally, when the veneers are ready, the tooth is treated with specific chemicals that will achieve a bond. A special cement results and the veneer is placed on the surface. Then a laser causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
After this process, a two week period of adjustment will occur. Daily brushing and flossing are essential during this time. After one to two weeks, you’ll come back for a final follow-up appointment to make sure everything is looking good.
What are Lumineers?
Smile imperfections are quite common, but when those imperfections interfere with our interactions, it’s no good. Crooked, stained, chipped, or uneven teeth, can often leave you feeling self-conscious, sometimes to the point of avoiding social situations or trying to hold back your smile from the world. If this sounds like you, it’s time to reclaim your smile confidence. Lumineers can help.
Lumineers are a type of dental veneer that is applied to the tooth to fill spacing issues, cover damaged or stained teeth, and generally gloss over imperfections. They can eliminate any visible chips, awkward gaps, cracks, or discoloration.
What’s the difference between Lumineers and veneers?
Although they serve the same purpose, Lumineers are less permanent than veneers, which cannot be reversed. They also require less preparation and are made of a thin type of laminate, making them more transparent than veneers.
What’s the process like for getting Lumineers?
Lumineers require two appointments on average. During your first office visit, your dentist will take an impression or mold of your mouth which will be sent to the laboratory for Lumineers fabrication. In 2 to 4 weeks, your personalized Lumineers will be ready.
During your second appointment, your dentist will individually bond the Lumineers to each tooth using special chemicals.