A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed on the surface of the tooth to improve the color, position, and shape. The material is bonded to the front of the teeth, therefore changing the shape, length, color, and/or size.
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Veneers are used for a variety of reasons. Dental veneers can vastly improve the appearance of badly stained teeth that cannot be improved with teeth whitening. Also, veneers improve teeth that are damaged, or badly worn. Reasons for the ware can be attributed to broken or chipped teeth, or by excessive grinding. Gaps or spaces are easily closed with the use of veneers.
There are two types of veneers: composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain veneers are more popular as they are stronger and more durable, as composite veneers tend to be more prone to staining, and do not last as long as the porcelain veneers. Composite veneers would more likely be used for small chips. The porcelain veneers generally last between five to ten years. The composite resin veneers do not last as long with approximately one or two years.
The process generally takes three visits. The first visit is the consultation and exam. Then, the dentist reshapes and prepares the front surfaces of the teeth in order to accommodate the veneers. A local anesthetic is used, and the dentist shaves off tiny parts of the surfaces of the teeth. This is done in an effort to have the veneers fit perfectly over the teeth. Then, an impression is made that will act as a model for the veneers. On the final appointment, the new veneers are fitted to the teeth. Any adjustments are completed at this time. The veneers are cemented permanently in place on the teeth.
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed on the surface of the tooth to improve the color, position, and shape.
An alternative to veneers, Lumineers provide similar results in a thinner, and therefore reversible, option. They are more convenient, as they do not require the preparation of veneers.
Lumineers are used for the same reasons as veneers: they correct teeth that are slightly misaligned, chipped, or stained/discolored. The major difference is the special cerinate porcelain that is used. This porcelain material is stronger, yet thinner than the traditional veneers. The main advantage is the minimally invasive manner in which they are placed on the teeth: little to no filing of the teeth is required. Therefore, Lumineers have the option of being reversible. Even more, considering they are minimally invasive, they can be placed over an existing crown or bridge work.Note: Not all patients are eligible for Lumineers.
Note: Not all patients are eligible for Lumineers. There are plenty of products in market which are similar to Lumeineers (Lumineers is just a brand name).
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