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What are Veneers? What are Lumineers?
Veneers are thin, custom made casings that cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct uneven teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth and irregular spacing, and can last over 20 years. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm. Many smile makeovers you have seen on TV have utilized porcelain veneers, and more specifically Lumineers. They are one of the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry.
Types of Veneers
- Resin Composite
- Lumineers (A Micro-Thin Cerinate Porcelain)
What Does the Procedure Involve?
After a thorough examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays, your dentist may need to recontour portions of your teeth. Conventional porcelain veneers require removing a layer of enamel from your teeth. However, Lumineers require minimal if any tooth changes and does not require local anesthesia. No shots! * Your dentist will then create an impression and send it off to a laboratory to create the veneers. Lumineers do not require wearing any temporary restorations since your teeth do not require any major tooth reduction. Finally, the veneer’s size and color are given one last adjustment before they are cemented to your tooth on your second visit.
Resin composite veneers can be placed in one visit. Often, a layer of enamel must be removed to allow for the thickness of composite resin. This process does require local anesthesia. Resin composite veneers are more challenging to achieve the same level of aesthetics as porcelain and they do not last as long, fracture more easily, and are not stain resistant.
What Are the Advantages of Lumineers and Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers can give your teeth a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance and are stain resistant and soft on gums. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
What Are the Risks of Veneers?
In rare instances, veneers can chip or crack, in which case they would have to be replaced. The primary reason this occurs is clenching or grinding teeth at night. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may be asked to wear a mouthguard when you go to bed. Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep don’t even know it, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you are one of those people from the wear on your teeth.
For conventional porcelain veneers, enamel is removed in the procedure, the process is not reversible, and you may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods for the same reason. For Lumineers, enamel is not removed in most cases, and the process is reversible, if for some reason you wanted your old smile back.
Since porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains and chipping, they are generally more expensive. Lumineers are a particularly popular type of porcelain veneers that do not require your teeth to be shaved and can even be placed over crown or bridgework. A custom-made set of Lumineers can be installed in 2-3 visits and is proven to last over 20 years.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Depending on which material and the number of teeth veneered, veneers can cost from $400 to $1100 a tooth. Porcelain veneers are generally the most expensive and longest lasting. Lumineers can cost from $800 to $1100 per tooth.
Will My Insurance Cover Veneers?
As this procedure is elective and primarily cosmetic, most dental insurers will not cover veneers. However, veneers can be financed through Care Credit.
For more information on veneers or to schedule an appointment, call Crow Family Dentistry today.
* Tooth contouring may be necessary. Individual cases may vary.