Lumineers vs. Traditional Porcelain Veneers
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Both Lumineers® and traditional porcelain veneers are capable of transforming the appearance of your smile. However, there are a few key differences between these procedures that all candidates should know.
During your initial consultation, Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall can discuss all of your porcelain veneers options with you in more detail and determine which method is best suited to meet your needs.
The Benefits of Lumineers®
Lumineers® are the same thickness as a contact lens, making them twice as thin as traditional porcelain veneers. The main advantage of this thinness is the fact that little to no enamel needs to be removed before placement.
When a Lumineer® is applied to a tooth, the added thickness should not make your tooth thicker than normal parameters. As long as no tooth enamel is removed during the Lumineers® application process, the procedure is entirely reversible.
Another benefit of Lumineers® is the simplicity of the application process. Some patients are able to have their Lumineers® placed in a single visit if the procedure requires no enamel removal, avoiding the need for a more involved procedure and multiple visits.
The Benefits of Traditional Porcelain Veneers
Although the thinness of Lumineers® is an advantage for some patients, it can be a disadvantage for others. Lumineers may allow darker permanent stains to show through the thin material, and they may not be as aesthetically effective at covering gaps between teeth. The thickness and high quality of Empress and Emax porcelain veneers is an advantage in these cases.
Dr. Marshall is committed to providing you with the right cosmetic dentistry solution – one that is specifically tailored to meet your needs and goals. If you are interested in transforming your smile with porcelain veneers or Lumineers®, we can help you decide which approach would provide you with the best results.