San Jose dentist explains how Lumineers are different from traditional dental veneers
Patients who want to improve their smiles with Dr. Lokhandwala can consider the benefits of veneers, which are used to cover imperfections. At StarBrite Dental, we love giving our patients a variety of options when it comes to making over their smiles, and we offer both traditional porcelain veneers and Lumineers.
Both traditional veneers and Lumineers are bonded over the teeth to transform them. They can cover misalignment, stained teeth, gaps, and change the shape of a tooth. However, two things make Lumineers different from traditional dental veneers.
Protection of Tooth Enamel
To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Lokhandwala typically needs to prepare the natural tooth by removing a thin layer of the enamel. This is done to facilitate tight placement of the veneer, and to keep it from adding extra bulk to the smile. However, because of this, porcelain veneers cannot be reversed. Lumineers, on the other hand, can be removed in the future, as they do not require tooth enamel to be reduced. This is because they are extremely thin and can cover the tooth without thickening the tooth surface dramatically.Long-Term Solution
Due to the high quality materials used in dental Lumineers, San Jose patients can enjoy their restorations for much longer than traditional porcelain veneers. Traditional veneers last approximately ten years, depending on how well the patient maintains his or her smile with effective oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. However, Lumineers will often last over twenty years, making them a wonderful long-term investment in a smile.Dr. Lokhandwala can consult with patients to help them determine the best veneer for them. Many patients enjoy having the option of reversing their veneers if they decide down the road to opt for another treatment such as dental bonding or orthodontics. However, many love their Lumineers and find them to be one of the best things they ever did for their smile!
If you live in the San Jose area, feel free to contact StarBrite Dental today to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Lokhandwala and her team! She is proud to offer her patients a variety of cosmetic treatments to allow everyone the opportunity to improve their smile and their self-confidence!