If you have a veneer and you’re wondering whether you can replace your Veneers with Lumineers, the good news is yes, can replace your Veneers with Lumineers.
Basically, Lumineers are porcelain veneers that offer a quick and painless way to permanently whiten your teeth or perfectly align your crooked smile. Unlike with Veneers, your Lumineers specialist can easily apply these ultra-thin Lumineers to your teeth without shaping or grinding them. Lumineers transform your teeth to give a naturally beautiful smile as an addition to the existing dental crown or dental bridge without replacing them.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are ultra-thin shells that are attached to the surface of existing teeth without the need of removing any part of the natural tooth structure like with traditional veneers procedures. Lumineers are a permanent and painless cosmetic solution for misaligned, severely discolored, chipped, or stained teeth. Like the veneers, Lumineers conceal problem areas by being bonded to the tooth’s surface for coverage.
Lumineers are usually made of porcelain and in just two to three dental visits, you can have your customized Lumineers procedure, which can last for more than 20 years with proper care and maintenance. Lumineers treatment is completely reversible and non-invasive since the treatment does not affect the structure of your natural tooth.
Once you have your Lumineers perfectly set, people will see the Lumineers instead of your natural teeth when you smile.
Lumineers as Cosmetic Dentistry
In case you have chipped, cracked, or stained teeth, you can decide to either replace the affected teeth using other dental procedures or conceal the affected teeth with Lumineers. Lumineers, as well as the porcelain veneers, are used to conceal defected teeth that have become crooked, severely stained or simply do not have the whiteness or luster they once had. Lumineers can be used for:
- Closing unwanted gaps in-between your teeth
- Altering the size and shape of your teeth for a beautiful smile
- Covering dark stains and colors
- Making your teeth look symmetrical and uniform
- Brightening your look
Difference Between the Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Both shells are commonly made from tooth-colored porcelain and used in cosmetic dentistry to cover the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct any dental issues like cracks, chips, discoloration, spacing, uneven tooth alignment, and worn tooth enamel.
Both veneers and Lumineers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they are normally used to improve the appearance of natural teeth by making the natural teeth brighter and more aligned. Both treatments are very durable, customizable and help protect the surface of affected teeth by eliminating the need for more extensive dental treatments.
Though both dental veneers look similar, they have their differences. The porcelain veneer is a traditional dental veneer while Lumineers are modern patented dental veneers i.e. Lumineers®; it is a brand of porcelain veneer. Lumineers are thinner than the traditional dental porcelain veneers and do not require the affected tooth be filed, shaped, or specially prepared before it is attached. The surface of the affected tooth must be prepared when attaching traditional porcelain veneers.
Difference between Veneers and Lumineers
- Are ultra-thin shells made with high-quality porcelain
- Are very durable and can last for more than 20 years
- Do not require temporaries
- Offer a completely reversible treatment
- Do not require the use of anesthesia
- Is a treatment that does not require the removal of tooth structure
- Are highly translucent
- Do not involve a shot or dental drill
- Are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin
- Last for about 10 to 15 years in porcelain
- Last for about 7 to 10 years as composite resin veneers
- Require temporaries
- Offer permanent and non-reversible treatment procedure, since it requires some part of the natural teeth to be removed.
- Are a much less bulky fit and feel
- Require teeth preparation
Reason Why Lumineers® Can Replace the Porcelain Veneers
As previously mentioned, before the traditional veneer can be attached to the tooth, the porcelain veneer specialist must scrape away a portion of the natural tooth in order to allow room for the veneer. Aside from the fact that this process permanently alters the natural tooth, it can create incredible discomfort that can last for days. It should also be noted that more natural enamel your tooth has, the healthier it is and the more likely that it will last. This means that with the traditional veneers the health of our natural tooth is compromised.
However, when you choose Lumineers, the overall health of your natural teeth is preserved because Lumineers follow a less invasive treatment and enable your tooth enamel to remain intact.
This makes most people want to replace veneers with Lumineers® as the preferred option.
The Process of Receiving Lumineers®
Once you are ready and have decided to undertake a Lumineers treatment procedure to improve your smile, you should visit your Lumineers specialist, who will discuss the treatment procedure with you. Typically, the treatment procedure for Lumineers requires about two dental visits. The first visit covers the initial consultation, which includes an examination of your dental condition. The dentist then takes an impression and photograph of the affected tooth/teeth as well as their measurements.
The Lumineers specialist sends the gathered information to the dental lab for creating your customized Lumineers that will look natural and fit perfectly. Unlike the traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers do not require any shots since there is no need to drill or remove the enamel.
During the second visit, which covers the final step, the Lumineers specialist carefully places the custom-made Lumineers onto the surface of the intended tooth/teeth, place and fits them properly, then cures them with a special light.
Lumineers function exactly like natural teeth and do not require any dietary restriction. However, you must follow good and proper oral hygiene practices if you want your Lumineers to last longer.
To learn more about the benefits of Lumineers over the traditional porcelain veneers, contact us today and schedule an appointment. At Restoration Smiles, our goal is to give you the kind of smile that makes you proud to show off.