Porcelain veneers are a staple of cosmetic dentistry. They can be placed in front of teeth to hide damage and imperfections to give you a shining, beautiful smile. They are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available.
At Scavuzzo Dental Care, our board-certified family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Scavuzzo uses Lumineers®, a special type of porcelain veneer that requires less tooth preparation than any other veneer on the market.
In this blog, Dr. Scavuzzo breaks down the difference between Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers and explains why he prefers to use Lumineers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are used to treat dental conditions such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Traditional porcelain veneers usually require two or three trips to the dentist to apply. During your first visit, your dentist will reshape the surface of your tooth and trim enamel to allow the veneer to fit. Then, they will make an impression of your tooth that will be sent to a dental laboratory. The lab will manufacture your veneer, and it will be ready in about 2 to 4 weeks.
At your next visit, the dentist will ensure your veneer fits on your tooth and matches the color of the surrounding teeth. Then, they'll apply the veneer using a special cement and harden the cement using a special light beam. Finally, they'll remove excess cement and make any final adjustments.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers fix all the same cosmetic issues that traditional porcelain veneers do. They also have several advantages that Dr. Scavuzzo feels makes them a superior option to other veneers.
With traditional porcelain veneers, the process is irreversible. Because they require filing down part of the existing tooth, you'll have to keep putting veneers on that tooth forever or replace it entirely with an implant.
Lumineers don't have that problem. They are about half as thick as traditional porcelain veneers — about as thick as a contact lens. This smaller size means they can be placed directly onto whole, intact teeth without those teeth having to be shaved down at all. This creates numerous advantages, such as:
- No shots
- No drilling
- No filing
- Teeth remain intact
- Process is reversible
Your Lumineers can be applied in less time and with less invasiveness than traditional porcelain veneers. As long as you practice a solid oral hygiene regimen, such as brushing your teeth twice per day, flossing at least once per day, and washing with an antibacterial mouthwash, your Lumineers can last decades.
Schedule Your Centennial Lumineers Consultation Today
Dr. Scavuzzo is a Colorado native who grew up with his father's in-home dental practice. When Dr. Scavuzzo graduated from dental school at the University of Colorado, he joined his father in the family practice before opening his own office.
In the more than 30 years since then, Dr. Scavuzzo has dedicated himself to bringing brilliant, beautiful smiles to his community. He serves Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and nearby areas of Colorado. Call (303) 741-2727 today to schedule a consultation.