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Porcelain Veneers, also called porcelain laminate veneers, are very thin pieces of durable sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain custom made by a professional dental laboratory that fit over and are bonded to the front of your teeth.
Lumineers are “contact lens thin” veneers that may not require any shaving or shaping of the teeth. An impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) is chosen by you and Dr. Richardson.
Veneers and lumineers can give you a whole new smile. They are wonderful for fixing teeth that are significantly discolored, chipped, pitted, malformed, or crooked, or if you have unwanted spaces. In certain situations, a change in upper lip fullness and balance can be obtained using porcelain veneers on your four front teeth.
Unlike crowns or caps, porcelain veneers and lumineers don’t require the removal of much tooth structure. During the first visit, the color is matched using a shade guide then the teeth are filed down a bit. Your teeth are fitted with temporary veneers while your veneers are being created at the lab. The veneers are then cemented directly onto your teeth and polished to a natural, aesthetic smile. Veneers are stronger and have a longer life than bonding. Veneers typically cost less than crowns, won’t stain, and require less natural tooth removal making them a popular means of improving your smile. Treatment takes just two office visits to complete and will last for up to fifteen years.