Two of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today are veneers and Lumineers. Both are made of thin, durable porcelain material and both can provide natural looking, long lasting results when prepared by an experienced, competent dentist. In order to determine which option is best for you, ILAS will consider a variety of circumstances which include your unique dental history, overall health, personal desires, expectations, and our professional understanding of your particular situation to create an beautiful final result.
A significant advantage is in the nature of their material. Since porcelain is a ceramic and therefore glass-like, the porcelain surface will be extremely stain resistant.
Teeth that have small chips or whose surface is worn or misshapen are often good candidates.
Old fillings and previous attempts at cosmetic bonding that have become discolored can be easily corrected.
Some teeth are naturally discolored. This includes teeth that have tetracycline, fluorosis staining, and those that have darkened as a result of physical trauma or root canal treatment.
They can be used to close the space (called a “diastema”) between a person’s teeth. In cases where teeth are slightly crooked to extremely crooked, they can be used to create an instant orthodontics effect.
Traditional porcelain veneers, also called “dental porcelain laminates” or “dental veneers” are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to teeth that are worn, chipped, discolored, or misaligned, greatly improving the look of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, incredibly resilient, non-porous (so they will not stain), and non-abrasive to surrounding teeth. Veneers can lengthen, straighten, and whiten teeth, providing a beautiful, natural-looking smile and a more comfortable bite position.
A traditional veneer can be looked at as a conservative crown; rather than encompassing the entire tooth, the cosmetic veneer only covers the visible portion, preserving most of the natural tooth structure. For optimal cosmetic results, each veneered tooth must also be shaped, meaning that a thin layer (about .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure should be removed to allow proper space for veneer placement.
Mac Lab is a high-end cosmetic dental lab. It is especially qualified to make beautiful dental veneers. ILAS uses Mac Lab Veneers whenever “movie quality” veneers are requested. For more information about Mac Lab got to: www.macstudio.com
LUMINEERS® is a brand of porcelain veneers. LUMINEERS® differ from traditional veneers in that they don’t require any removal of the natural tooth structure for application. A LUMINEERS® veneer is as thin as a contact lens, can be placed over existing teeth, and can be removed in the future if need be. An ideal candidate for LUMINEERS® has enough natural tooth surface available to bond to the veneer for long-lasting results. LUMINEERS®, like traditional veneers, are a fantastic solution for chipped, stained, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
ILAS dentists are happy to provide visual consultations to any guest considering porcelain laminates, dental veneers, or LUMINEERS® at no charge.