Three types of veneers exist: (1) Conventional Porcelain Veneers, (2) Lumineers, and (3) Composite Resin Veneers. Conventional Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers are both made out of porcelain, which is a beautiful and durable ceramic material. Composite Resin Veneers are made out of composite resin, which is the tooth colored filling material that is bonded onto the teeth.
Three types of veneers:
Conventional Porcelain Veneers:
- A conventional porcelain veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth. Porcelain is a durable, translucent, strong, natural-looking, and beautiful material. The porcelain is shaped, contoured and colored to perfectly fit your teeth and create your new smile.
- In most cases, if you just bond a piece of porcelain to the front of a tooth, the thickness of the porcelain will make the tooth appear bulky. The majority of people would rather not have bulky, large teeth. Thus, a cosmetic dentist will slightly shave down a very small layer off the front of your tooth (around 0.5 mm, the width of a pen tip) in order to create space for the thin piece of porcelain. This way, your teeth will be the correct dimensions and will not appear bulky. In this situation, when your dentist slightly shaves down a thin part of the front of your teeth, the veneers are called Conventional Porcelain Veneers. In most cases, Conventional Porcelain Veneers will create the most beautiful results, and are thus the most common type of veneer used.
- Lumineers are made of porcelain, just like Conventional Porcelain Veneers. Thus, Lumineers are also durable, natural looking, and extremely aesthetic.
- Some patients do not like the idea of any part of their teeth being shaved down. In this situation, Lumineers are the best option. Lumineers are ultra-thin, custom-made pieces of porcelain that are bonded directly onto the front of your teeth, without any tooth structure being taken away by your dentist. Lumineers can produce amazing results, but your cosmetic dentist needs to be adequately trained with plenty of experience and an artistic touch. The downside of Lumineers is essentially that your teeth will be slightly larger, since a piece of porcelain is bonded to the front without any tooth structure being removed. Thus, Lumineers should be reserved for select situations where the teeth will not appear bulky in the end.
Composite Resin Veneers (aka “Cosmetic Bondings”):
- Composite resin veneers are thin pieces of tooth colored material that are shaped and molded on the front side of your teeth to create the ideal tooth color and contour. Composite resin veneers are contoured and polished by the dentist all in one visit while you are in the chair. On the other hand, Conventional Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers are made by a dental laboratory after the dentist takes a mold of your mouth by taking an impression.
About the veneers experience at Lissauer Dental:
A beautiful smile makeover starts with an excellent relationship between you and your cosmetic dentist. Our office prides itself on our welcoming environment, where you feel at ease and relaxed. Before we even provide our opinion, we want to know your aesthetic goals, worries, desires and concerns. If you are interested in a smile makeover, we are more than happy to answer any questions and provide a complimentary evaluation to explore the possibility of veneers.