Increasing numbers of people are looking to improve their smiles. Years so, braces were as far as cosmetic dentistry went. Then it seemed like everyone was getting his or her teeth whitened. Now, more and more people are opting for more significant work to make their teeth look better. Dentists are specializing in cosmetic dentistry and offering payment plans to make it easier for patients to pay for the work.
Porcelain veneers and lumineers are a way to make your teeth look distinctly different. Because either of these options involve major dental work, you should really do a large amount of research before deciding on the procedure. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers and lumineers.
FAQ # 1 About Veneers and Lumineers: What are the similarities between a veneer and a lumineer? Lumineers and veneers are both made of porcelain. They cover the teeth, and are used to cover a chipped tooth, lengthen a tooth, change the color of teeth, or make a tooth look straighter.
FAQ # 2 About Veneers and Lumineers: What are the differences between a veneer and a lumineer? A veneer is permanently attached to the tooth. They are custom made for each tooth to ensure that the desired tooth shape is achieved. Additionally, a certain thickness of the tooth has to be removed in order to make space for the veneer. Lumineers are a thin covering for the teeth and are usually recommended for minor cosmetic issues. The tooth does not need to be thinned for lumineers to be place on it.
FAQ # 3 About Veneers and Lumineers: Can any dentist perform either of these procedures? No. A cosmetic dentist should be consulted for either of these procedures. Furthermore, a cosmetic dentist will have significant levels of experience should be consulted. Make sure you get referrals for a qualified, reputable cosmetic dentist who is experienced in doing this procedure.
FAQ # 4 About Veneers and Lumineers: Will insurance pay for this procedure? No. Insurance will not pay for most cosmetic dental procedures, unless you have been in an accident that damaged your mouth and teeth. Most cosmetic dentists have payment plans that will help you cover the costs of porcelain veneers and lumineers. Typically, lumineers are less expensive, as they require less preparation of the existing teeth. The veneer procedure is more involved than lumineers and veneers are permanent, and so for most people, veneers will be more costly.
FAQ # 5 About Veneers and Lumineers: Can I get just one tooth fixed, or does the whole mouth need to be done? It depends. If you have a minor imperfection on one or two teeth, usually a lumineer will be sufficient. Sometimes people get all of their top top teeth done to create a uniform color of their teeth.
FAQ # 6 About Veneers and Lumineers: Can I feel these on my teeth? Most people report not being able to fee the veneers, but some people say that lumineers are noticeable. Experts in the field say this should not happen if the teeth are prepared properly.