Lumineers and Veneers

Dental veneers have been used for many years now in the treatment of cosmetic oral concerns. They are extremely thin, wafer-like pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth. In some instances, veneers can also be made from dental-grade composite resin.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a brand of minimal-prep or no-prep veneers, and are incredibly popular because they require little or no preparation of the natural tooth structure.
What is the difference between Lumineers and veneers?
The difference between Lumineers and veneers is the amount of tooth structure that must be removed. With traditional veneers, anywhere from .3mm to .6mm of enamel must be removed in order to place the veneer. With Lumineers less than .3mm of enamel will be removed. This has created a less-invasive approach to cosmetic dentistry that has patients asking for this brand by name.
Does your office do Lumineers?
Yes, and no. When people ask for Lumineers, what they are really asking for is a minimal-prep or no-prep veneer. While we do not work with Lumineers in our office, we do offer DURAthin veneers, which are also a minimal-prep option. Over time, I have found DURAthin to be the superior brand and offer a more natural looking smile.
Why have I never heard of DURAthin veneers?
Lumineers have been heavily marketed and have become a well-known brand, much like Invisalign. While DURAthin does not have the same level of marketing, the quality in my opinion is much better. They are more translucent and offer a more natural looking smile, where Lumineers are typically stark white and often result in a more manufactured Hollywood smile.
Am I a candidate for minimal-prep veneers?

A strong candidate for minimal-prep veneers is someone who lacks tooth volume. Teeth are typically small and the patient has trouble showing them when they smile. In these cases, no-prep veneers are a good choice because very little tooth structure must be removed in order to achieve the desired look.

When no-prep veneers are placed on someone with adequate tooth volume, the result is often a bulky-looking smile. Keep in mind, that only four of out every 10 veneer cases I see are a good fit for Lumineers or DURAthin veneers.

What if I am not a candidate for prepless veneers?

If you do not fall into the above category, you can still transform your smile with porcelain veneers. However, it will require a more subtractive approach. Keep in mind that you will not be able to tell the difference in the end result.

Which last longer veneers or Lumineers?
In my experience, both prepless veneers and traditional veneers have a lifespan of approximately 15 years.
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Applications of Dental Veneers

At Prestigious Smiles, we use veneers to treat the following oral conditions:
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Chipped teeth

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Cracked or broken teeth

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Excessive teeth discoloration

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Exposed root surfaces

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Naturally misshapen teeth

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Excessively spaced teeth

Why Should You Choose Veneers?

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Veneers are highly durable and strong, despite their thin structure. They stay as good as new for many years without undergoing significant wear or damage.

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They are highly versatile, as they can be used for restorative as well as cosmetic purposes.

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Veneers are simple restorations. They can be fabricated and bonded to the teeth easily in no more than two visits to our dental practice.

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Veneers can be customized as required to match the exact aesthetics of the natural teeth to keep them indistinguishable from the adjoining teeth.

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Veneers restore both oral functionality and aesthetics in one go.

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During the preparation phase, the dentist need not remove a large amount of enamel from the teeth. It helps to save a majority of the teeth’ tissues.

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How Is a Veneer Placed?

When you visit us for the initial consultation, Dr. Zarghouni will conduct a thorough screening of the teeth and determine your need for the veneers. X-rays and oral scans will be taken to get a better view of the teeth and to understand the severity of the damage to them if any. We will then remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth to make space for the veneer. Digital impressions of the tooth will be created, which will serve as a reference for fabricating the restoration. You may be provided with temporary veneers in the meantime.

We will share the digital impression with a dental laboratory where the veneer will be fabricated within a few days. Once the veneer is ready for bonding, we will remove the temporary restoration from the tooth and clean it. The surface of the tooth receiving the restoration will be etched to make it rough. This process ensures the veneer adheres well to the tooth surface and keeps from getting dislodged. Once it is bonded with the help of dental adhesives, we will take a bite test and polish the veneer to enhance its aesthetics.

What is the process involved to adhere Lumineers®?

At Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry, you can get your customized Lumineers® in just two dental visits. In the initial appointment, Dr. Zarghouni, our dentist, takes digital images of the teeth and sends over the impressions of the required tooth/teeth to the dental lab to get them prepared. Once they are ready, you will have to come for another appointment during which the dentist will adhere them to the required teeth. We will check if it fits well and also if you are comfortable.
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Do you want to know more or need a consultation?

We invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Zarghouni, to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call Dentist in Houston TX at (281) 880-6666 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.

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