Creekwood Dental Arts in Waco, TX offers a number of cosmetic dentistry options to help patients feel confident about their smiles again. The type of cosmetic dentistry procedure you undergo depends largely on your needs. When it comes to fixing stained or chipped teeth, veneers or Lumineers are a viable option along with teeth whitening. But what is the real difference between these procedures, and which is the best choice?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the teeth. The shells are made specifically for each patient. Before they can be attached to the teeth, Dr. Donna Miller, Dr. Michelle Hinds, or Dr. Austin Green will need to prepare the tooth by carefully shaping it down. This is because simply placing veneers on the teeth would take up too much space, so the teeth must first be resized. When finished, they give the teeth a refreshed, whole look.
Lumineers are another type of veneer, but they are made to be even thinner than their counterparts. In fact, these shells are so thin that the teeth typically do not require any preparation at all. Dr. Miller, Dr. Hinds, or Dr. Green simply needs to bond them to the teeth, and the patient is good to go!
The Best Choice
In both cases, treatment usually takes about two visits – one to prepare the teeth and order the shells, and another to bond them to the teeth. The best choice depends largely on your personal situation and your consultation visit. In addition, the end result between veneers and Lumineers can be quite different. You may wish to make your decision based on what your teeth will look like when the procedure is over.