Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers—What’s the Difference?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of advanced ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can be used to give your teeth a completely new front and top, depending on how much they are designed to cover. In the process they reshape your tooth and give it a nice white color.
Lumineers are a special kind of porcelain veneer. Most of the time, some of your natural tooth is removed to make room for a traditional porcelain veneer. But Lumineers are designed to be bonded to your tooth without the removal of any of your natural enamel. This makes the procedure completely reversible, but has its limitations.
Lumineers may not always give the best cosmetic results, and they can’t be used in some situations where removing natural teeth material is important to proper fit. During your consultation, we can help you understand the benefits and limitations of each type of dental veneer so you can get the one that’s right for you.
Another alternative for reshaping your teeth is BioClear, which uses flowable composites to reshape your teeth. The procedure only takes one visit, and it’s less expensive than porcelain veneers, although the results are not quite as good.
Will Porcelain Veneers Break?
Many people think that porcelain veneers are fragile, but the truth is that they are very strong. “Porcelain” refers to the color of the veneer — white — but the advanced ceramic used in porcelain veneers is very, very strong. With proper care, dental veneers will likely last more than a decade, and can last for 20 years or more. They’re also stain resistant, so they won’t get discolored over that time, either.
Proper care for dental veneers is simple. Just brush your teeth, floss regularly, and make your normal dental visits. Avoid some highly abrasive toothpastes, but most regular toothpastes are fine. Don’t use your teeth as tools (such as bottle openers). And make sure your dentist checks for bite problems like bruxism — teeth clenching and grinding — and TMJ.
To learn more about the benefits and maintenance of dental veneers, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.