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Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

Find out which type of dental veneer is the best fit for your smile.

Being able to smile with confidence is so important but may be difficult if you are dealing with chipped teeth, a slightly crooked smile, or severe stains. This is where our Alexandria, VA, family dentists Dr. Janice Dionisio and Dr. Carla Rojas come in. If you’ve been wondering if veneers are the right choice, it’s also important to recognize the different veneer options you have.

A lot depends on your cosmetic issues

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers can often hide the same types of imperfections. They both cover the front of your teeth, being able to mask everything from stains and gaps between teeth to misshapen teeth; however, since porcelain veneers are a bit thicker they are often a better option if you are dealing with more serious flaws like a cracked tooth. If you are dealing with more minor imperfections, then your dentist may recommend Lumineers.

The main difference lies in the preparation

Lumineers are almost half as thick as porcelain veneers, which means that our Alexandria, VA, dental team will not need to remove as much enamel from the front of your teeth with Lumineers as they would with porcelain veneers.

Some people find that Lumineers are ideal because they are very thin and less likely to look bulky; however, when porcelain veneers are created by a qualified cosmetic dentist you will also get amazing, natural results. If you’re looking for a more conservative cosmetic approach, then you may want to consider Lumineers.

We’ll need to consider the strength of your teeth

Only patients with healthy teeth can undergo cosmetic dentistry, which is why anyone interested in veneers will need to come in first for a consultation. We need to make sure that teeth are strong enough to support veneers (either porcelain or Lumineers). If teeth are severely worn, then they may not be able to handle the more extensive prep involved in porcelain veneers. Of course, patients that have enough strong healthy enamel are great candidates for either type of veneer.

Are you ready to take the next step? If so, call Ma’s Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria, VA, at (703) 672-0664 to let us know that you want to sit down and discuss dental veneers with us. Your new smile is waiting, provided by Dr. Janice Dionisio and Dr. Carla Rojas.

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