Two of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today are Veneers and Lumineers.
Both Veneers and Lumineers are made of thin, durable porcelain material and both can provide natural looking, long lasting results when prepared by an experienced, competent dentist. In order to determine which option is best for you, your dentist will consider a variety of circumstances, which include your unique dental history, your overall health, your personal desires and expectations, and their professional understanding of how your final results will meet your needs.
A Restorative Benefit to Veneers
In addition to being esthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for more invasive tooth preparation.
Because dental veneers are so thin, they might require little-to-no tooth reshaping when bonded onto the tooth. Once veneers are bonded into place, they are relatively strong and durable; however, care must be taken so as not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells can damage or break.
No matter the look of your teeth, if a brighter whiter smile is what you seek cosmetic veneers could be the answer. They can solve many different types of dental issues including:
• Teeth that are Uneven – Teethe that are uneven can be a result of general wear and tear and in some cases from grinding your teeth.
• Genes – Some people have unusual spacing in their teeth from birth and that spacing can widen with age.
• Worn Enamel – During the length of your life, the enamel of your teeth can become worn. This leads to dull and discolored looking teeth. In some cases, this wear can be natural or you may have a predisposition towards it. However, most wear of enamel is caused by coffee, tea and soft drinks, smoking and some medications.
• Aged Teeth – Over time your teeth naturally wear down and are susceptible to cracks, chips and overall uneven appearance.
Whitening or Veneers?
If you choose veneers, the dentist may require shaping of all teeth to be treated. For this reason, many dentist recommend teeth whitening if you just have slight discoloration in your teeth but still want a brighter smile. Teeth whitening is much less invasive in the field of cosmetic dentistry than veneers.
If you suffer from crooked teeth, teeth whitening along with other orthodontic procedures may be the answer.