Porcelain veneers have swung the doors wide open in the area of cosmetic dentistry. They have provided a way to fix a chipped tooth or to fill a gap. But there’s one drawback: permanence.
Permanence may not seem like a bad thing, but the truth is, the “permanent” fix means having to permanently remove a layer of healthy tooth enamel. Someone who chooses porcelain veneers is also committing to long-term care and replacement of veneers should one become damaged.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers
Permanently damaging a layer of tooth enamel can seem scary for some patients. The good news though is that there is now a different path to a great smile: Lumineers.
Porcelain veneers are a thicker shell covering to conceal the damaged tooth or thicken a tooth to fill a gap, which also requires significant prep work. Lumineers, on the other hand, remove very little, if any tooth enamel. In fact, another term coined for Lumineers is “no prep” dental veneers.
Which One is Right for Me?
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers work very similar, however, each has their own drawbacks. Porcelain veneers are thicker and may be better for someone who is trying to close a larger gap, while Lumineers may work fine for someone with a cracked or chipped tooth.
The best way to choose between Lumineers and porcelain veneers is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to talk about a smile treatment plan. Are you ready to explore a different path to a great smile with Lumineers? Contact our office today!