Patients who want to conceal the flawed fronts of their teeth have multiple options today. In addition to conventional veneers, patients can choose a newer, thinner type of veneers designed with aesthetics and durability in mind. Here is a deeper look at each of these choices.
Veneers are basically thin shells that are bonded over the fronts of teeth. They require some removal of enamel for placement, and they are effective at covering not only cracks, chips, gaps and improper rotation but also most discoloration. Because veneers call for enamel removal, they are irreversible.
A Newer Option
Lumineers are a newer type of veneer that is thinner than conventional veneers but still tough enough to last for up to two decades with proper care. With less thickness, this treatment may not be as effective at covering the darkest tooth discoloration. However, this same property also means that enamel removal is minimal and that the treatment remains reversible for many patients.
Both of these options are tinted to match surrounding teeth so that the smile remains natural looking. To learn more about each of these treatments and determine the best one for certain goals, patients can schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood.