Should You Get Dental Veneers or Lumineers?

If you are looking to make cosmetic improvements to your smile, at Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry, we have the treatment to give you the results you want in Pompano Beach, FL. One popular treatment is dental veneers and Lumineers®. You may have been considering these treatments to address chips, cracks, or staining in your teeth, but which one is right for you? Read on to learn more about each procedure.

What you need to know about dental veneers

Veneers and Lumineers® are very versatile in their uses. They are commonly applied to address mild to moderate malocclusion, gaps in teeth, broken or chipped teeth, and teeth that are extremely discolored. Due to their versatility, your cosmetic dentist can resolve multiple issues with just one treatment, saving you time and money.

What is the difference between dental veneers and Lumineers®?

Dental veneers are extremely thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that is shaped to match a patient’s teeth. A portion of the tooth enamel must be shaved away to create sufficient room to place the veneer. In most cases, this is not harmful to the teeth because the enamel will have been damaged or discolored in some way, so its removal is easy to justify. Because of this, however, the procedure is irreversible, which should be kept in mind when considering either treatment.

Lumineers® are thinner than dental veneers, which means that less enamel will have to be removed. They basically work in the same way, but help to preserve more of the natural tooth structure.

Benefits of Lumineers®

Because Lumineers® require less tooth enamel to be removed, the procedure has less of an impact on the health of the teeth than dental veneers would. In addition to improving the appearance of a smile (such as by addressing discoloration when there is little or no damage to the enamel), Lumineers® offer some protection to the teeth as they can act as a barrier against harmful substances. They are also easier to place in quicker treatment.

If you are considering a cosmetic treatment to improve the look of your smile, visit us at Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry. We can help you decide on either dental veneers or Lumineers® as your treatment in Pompano Beach, FL.

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