Cosmetic treatments are often the best way to update your smile, whether it’s because your teeth are damaged, out of shape or discoloured, we want you to understand which treatments are best suited to you.
Here in Brandon, Florida with Dr Larry Saylor, we have a variety of cosmetic treatments for your perfect smile! By comparing and contrasting lumineers and porcelain veneers, we hope this article will help you understand how you can achieve a sparkling, renewed smile.
Porcelain veneers and lumineers – What is the difference?
Firstly let us focus on the similarities. Porcelain veneers and lumineers are two related products; both are designed as a shell-like shape and both treatments were tailored to create an appearance of flawless teeth. Porcelain veneers and lumineers can be a solution to the following problems:
- straighten and align crooked teeth
- Lengthen or widen the tooth to fill gaps and offer a more pleasant shape
- Correct discolouration from staining that can’t be fixed with whitening
- Cover chips and cracks in the teeth
Although there are similarities the two are also diverse, as lumineers are can sometimes be said to be more suitable for treating minor problems, where porcelain veneers comparably offer a more permanent solution.
Porcelain veneers are made from thin porcelain and offer stain resistance from coffee and other damaging foods and drinks with a natural-looking appearance. Each porcelain veneer is custom made to suit your preferences to create the perfect fit, shape and smile precisely for you.
4 simple steps to how we tailor your porcelain veneers to you
#1 – kick-off your journey with a trip to our practice!
If you are still ummm-ing and ahhh-ing, take some time to visit Dr Larry Taylor and allow us to guide you through all you need to know about the procedure. Generally your initial consultation will include a smile analysis and an in-depth discussion about your treatment options and desires.
#2 – the enamel removal
The next step is where our dental practitioner carefully removes a thin slice of your enamel. This is necessary to allow room for the veneer to comfortably fit over the tooth without being bulky or obvious.
It is important to us that you are sure about your choice in treatment – because of the removal of enamel; porcelain veneers are likely to be irreversible. You may receive a set of temporary veneers as your replacements are being created.
#3 – expertly designing your veneers
Created to perfectly meet the needs of your cosmetic desires, Dr Larry Saylor and his team of amazing professionals will invite you to a second sitting where the veneers will be careful bonded with the tooth to provide maximum hold and life.
#4 – follow-up and care for your freshly-made pearly whites
Our representative dental expert will explain to you that maintaining your lovely smile is as easy as brushing twice daily with fluoride-based toothpaste and flossing before bed. This will keep your Hollywood smile flawless for decades!
Using thinner materials than porcelain veneers, Lumineers also offer the patient the opportunity to get their smile back to an unspoiled and smooth appearance. As thin as contact lenses, lumineers are a brand of veneers and provide a more exclusive treatment.
As lumineers use a thinner material, the tooth doesn’t need to be shaved down – the procedure is considered less time consuming because it skips the shaving preparation step. Also lumineers have the option of removal since the enamel isn’t shaved.
Your easy guide to the lumineers procedure
#1 – It’s quick and easy!
Similarly to porcelain veneers, our dental practitioner will consult with you and see to what extent your teeth are requiring repair. We may recommend a different treatment if the damage is extensive or if the lumineers will not enhance the color enough to suit your preference.
#2 – Non-invasive and pain free
Dr Larry Saylor will create the perfect mold suited to your teeth and determine the shade of white you prefer for your new smile
#3 – Custom designed to suit you
The mold will be sent to the custom design lab to form your new lumineers – temporaries won’t be necessary because your teeth did not undergo any enamel removal
#4 – Making sure it is perfect!
In your next visit, our team will check the shade and fit, before bonding the set of lumineers over your existing teeth, painlessly and precisely!
There are pros and cons to both procedures, but if you come by Dr Larry Saylor’s dental practice in Brandon, Florida we will take the time to expertly guide you through your treatment options and procedures to ensure you are able to achieve that beautiful smile you deserve!