May 17, 2019
Have you ever watched a red-carpet award show and been jealous of the movie stars’ smiles? They all seem to have effortlessly perfect straight and white teeth. It might make you self-conscious about any flaws in your own smile. Fortunately, these days anyone can achieve a beautiful “Hollywood” smile thanks to veneers or Lumineers. Let’s look at how these cosmetic dentistry procedures can give you the perfect smile in Beverly Hills.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are placed over the front surface of your tooth or teeth to hide any flaws. Some of these flaws include:
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chips or cracks
- Stains or discoloration
To ensure that the veneers are not bulky, your dentist will remove about 5mm of enamel, or the outer layer of the tooth. Although porcelain veneers are meant to last for over a decade, they will eventually have to be removed. Part of the tooth will be unprotected unless the veneers are replaced.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers serve the same purpose as porcelain veneers, but the procedure is not as invasive. The enamel is not damaged, and the original tooth is left unchanged. Many patients prefer this as a long-term option to fixing flaws in their smile. In order to keep the tooth intact, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers, but just as durable. However, they may look and feel slightly bulkier than veneers.
What Do Both Types of Veneers Have in Common?
Both Lumineers and porcelain veneers:
- Can fix cosmetic flaws in your smile
- Are comfortable and look natural
- Are made from a thin layer of porcelain
- Are durable and easy to maintain
- Will not stain over time
- Are custom-made to fit your smile
- Cost about the same
How Are Lumineers Better Than Porcelain Veneers?
As discussed earlier, Lumineers do not require any portion of the enamel to be removed. This is a better option for those who are worried about permanently damaging their tooth by them being unprotected once a porcelain veneer needs to be replaced. Because no tooth enamel is removed, Lumineers can be placed in one visit, as opposed to the two or three needed to place porcelain veneers. In addition, Lumineers are far less likely to cause tooth sensitivity than traditional veneers.
How Much Do Lumineers Cost?
Lumineers typically range from $800 to $2,000 per tooth, depending on your individual needs. In most cases, insurance does not cover the cost of veneers as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, it never hurts to ask them and find out. Even though Lumineers can be expensive, they can improve your smile. Can you really put a price on self-confidence?
Lumineers and conventional veneers are both excellent options for giving you that “Hollywood” smile you’ve always wanted. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to decide which option is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Julie Valentine focuses on a patient’s long-term smile goals and making the patient as comfortable as possible on the journey toward that smile. She takes the time to get to know each patient at her Beverly Hills, CA practice and form a relationship that hopefully lasts for years to come. She also provides many cosmetic procedures, such as Lumineers and porcelain veneers. To learn more about which option would be right for you, click here or call (310)-551-2955.
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