What are Veneers, Lumineers and Laminates?
Veneers are a thin, tooth-like shell or covering placed over the outside, front (visible area) of the tooth. They are often referred to as “Dental Laminates”. The difference between Veneers and Lumineers is Lumineers are a thinner shell, approximately the size of a contact lens.
Veneers are utilized to correct concerns of crowding, spacing, discoloration, minor chips or breaks, and/or ill-shaped teeth. With low impact and minimal time in the chair they are ideal in solving multiple cosmetic issues. At Anderton Dental, we provide you with a choice of porcelain or resin veneers allowing you to choose what’s best for you. Either option can enhance the shape and color of your teeth and also close gaps giving you a powerful smile.
Procedures are minimally invasive and can be done on more than one tooth at the same time. The process takes up to three visits depending on your choice of the direct or indirect techniques.
The Direct Technique involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth. Resin comes in various colors and requires less removal of the outside enamel on the original tooth. This method is usually referred to as bonding or composite. Although composite or resin are generally a great deal less expensive than porcelain, they require more maintenance to repair chips or breaks. Over time, this treatment option loses its polish and luster it had at day one; and eventually, older and discolored composite needs to be replaced much sooner. To see examples of bonding completed by Anderton Dental, visit our Smile Gallery.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers are made of porcelain at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary, composite covering. In two weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed, and the porcelain is bonded to the teeth. Porcelain is more life-like, mimicking the brilliance and vitality of natural teeth. They have an average life span of 15-20 years and are considered the gold-standard. To see examples of Porcelain Veneers placed by Anderton Dental, visit our Smile Gallery.
Veneers Vs. Crowns
The advantage of veneers (composite or porcelain) versus full-coverage crowns is the minimal impact. Veneers are able to fix many issues without removing as much (sometimes none at all) of the original tooth. The procedure is generally simpler and faster. Crowns are recommended for teeth with very large fillings or severely damaged tooth structure. If considering either option, Anderton Dental will give you an informed and personal assessment for the best option in your smile.