Porcelain Veneer Options
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
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Would you like a smile improvement for specific defects in your front teeth?
Porcelain veneers can be a quick and effective way to accomplish that. They provide new front surfaces for visible teeth, covering small defects that do not need separate dental work.
There are many brands of porcelain veneers, not all of which are of the same caliber. Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Marshall has chosen two of the best for use in her dental office. Each offers slightly different benefits.
Empress and Emax Veneers
Dr. Marshall uses Empress and Emax veneers, offered by Ivoclar Vivadent, because she finds them to be stronger and the most beautiful compound to other brands. They are made from dental ceramic pressed and layered with tiny leucite crystals. Leucite is a mineral (KalSi2O6) that belongs to the feldspathic group. Its name comes from the Greek word for “white.”
Being very thin, Empress and Emax veneers require removal of very little enamel.
Empress and Emax Veneers are a type of veneer made of pressed ceramic. This type of veneer works particularly well in cases where several veneers are put into place at once, such as all of the front teeth being treated at the same time.
Empress and Emax Veneers offer many advantages, including:
- More translucent than other veneers
- Stronger than other veneers and can be used to lengthen teeth
- Maintain a consistent color even in different light
Lumineers are manufactured by Den-Mat Corp. and are thinner than all other brands of veneers.They can only be made in a Den-Mat owned Cerinate® Smile Design Studio. Being extra-thin, they require removal of even less tooth enamel than other brands – so little that it does not affect the tooth’s appearance. In many cases, no enamel at all is removed, and the tooth’s surface is merely buffed a little to make a stronger bond with the Lumineers.
Regardless of which veneer brand is used, porcelain veneers must be done well by a properly-qualified cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Marshall. To make your veneers durable and visually appealing, Dr. Marshall considers several personal factors:
- Your facial shape
- Your lip movement when you smile or laugh
- The degree of gum tissue visibility
- Your overall coloring
The Benefits of Lumineers®
Lumineers® are the same thickness as a contact lens, making them twice as thin as traditional porcelain veneers. Den-Mat Corporation markets Lumineers® as being ultra-thin and about half as thick as other brands of porcelain veneers. They are 0.2 to 0.3 mm thick, whereas other veneers are about 0.5 mm thick. 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. However, Lumineers can also be placed with the usual veneers protocol.
For thicker dental veneers, the tooth is reshaped to allow for the veneer thickness without interfering with the person’s bite or oral comfort. The amount of enamel thus removed is about as thick as the veneers that replace it. This makes the usual veneer process non-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.
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 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.
If you are in good general and oral health and are embarrassed by multiple imperfections in your smile, then you may be a good candidate for Lumineer placement. Dr. Marshall would be able to determine your candidacy after a thorough oral examination.