Are Lumineers More Expensive than Veneers?

Google searches for veneer pricing can lead to conflicting reports. If you want Lumineers, considered the most cutting-edge veneer product, you can expect to pay slightly more than for traditional veneers. However, several factors may sway the cost of Lumineers.

Lumineers are celebrated for their thinness. They provide up to two millimeters of thinness compared to traditional veneers. The delicacy involved in making the product this thin requires a highly-skilled ceramist, who makes sure the product fits correctly and does not form ledges at the gum line. Expect lab fees to be included in your initial quote.

Lumineers will also be more expensive in the beauty centers, Los Angeles and New York. This is true of most cosmetic procedures.

When discussing your fees with your Lumineers dentist, it is a good idea to ask how much experience they have with the procedure. This can be important for your peace of mind, but also for your bank account. A more experienced dentist may charge more.

Many cosmetic dentists offer rebates and specials for parties interested in Lumineers. You may also qualify for a payment plan, so ask your dentist about your options.

When Should Veneers be Used?

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Veneers are one of the most popular treatments in smile makeovers. Unlike other common cosmetic procedures, dental veneers can address many different smile flaws at once. If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks and want a permanent solution, dental implants might be right for you.

Porcelain veneers should be used when:


  1. Patients have healthy teeth and gum tissue free of untreated disease – Teeth and gums need to be in good health before veneers can be placed. This ensures a strong, healthy foundation, but it also shows that you are committed to the good dental habits that will keep your veneers in good condition for many years.


  1. Teeth have minor, moderate, or severe cosmetic flaws – Veneers are excellent at covering virtually any smile flaw, including worn enamel, chips, gaps, stains, crooked teeth, and discoloration deep inside the structure of the tooth.


  1. Patients understand the benefits and risks of veneers and the best way to maintain their new smile – All dental procedures have both risks and benefits, and understanding these can ensure you make the best decision for your smile. At your appointment, we will explain proper aftercare instructions so that you can protect your smile now and in the future.


Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

History of Porcelain Veneers

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Veneers are a commonly used cosmetic and restorative treatment in dentistry. They are made of either composite resin or porcelain, and are set to the surfaces of the teeth. They have two main purposes – to cover any flaws or damage, to protect the teeth from any further damage. Porcelain veneers are often preferred by most dentists and patients, as they are able to resist stains and imitate the look of natural teeth best. Patients with porcelain veneers enjoy a fortified smile that is protected from cavities, stains, and other many dental issues.

Veneers were invented in 1928 by California dentist Charles Pincus. They were originally used in Hollywood to change the way actors teeth looked for movies. They evolved in 1937 when the dentist made an acrylic version, which were again only used temporarily, using denture adhesive. In 1959, Doctor Michael Buonocore was inspired to combine the idea of Pincus’s veneers and the recently invented etching process. The research and experimentation of Buonocore was continued in 1982 by Simonsen and Calamia, who discovered that etching with hydrofluoric acid would strengthen the bond, allowing them to be placed on the teeth permanently. Today, we use cements and bonding agents that are a little more improved, and are able to last between ten to thirty years.

For more information on porcelain veneers, their history, or their uses contact our dental veneers dentist in Beverly Hills.

When Are Veneers Used?

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Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that conceals flaws on the fronts of teeth. In the process of placing veneers, our dentist can give patients an entirely new smile. Here are the main issues for which veneers may be recommended.

Flaws Involving Structure

Teeth may be affected by a variety of structural flaws after decay or physical trauma. These flaws can include cracks, chips and breakage. While bonding can be used to cover this damage, it can become discolored and often lasts just a few years. By contrast, veneers can last for decades, and the porcelain resists stains.

Flaws Involving Discoloration

Discoloration can occur on the outsides or the insides of teeth. Teeth whitening is often effective for external stains, but concealment is required for internal stains. Not only can veneers hide internal stains or very heavy external stains, but veneers can also help keep the teeth white in the years that follow treatment.

On top of their versatile cosmetic benefits, veneers also physically reinforce teeth. This can be an added advantage when teeth are at risk of breaking. At a consultation with our dentists in Los Angeles, patients can find out what veneers can do for their smile.

Dental Veneers Compared to Dental Bonding

two beautiful young girls in elegant dressesBonding has a variety of uses in dentistry. Made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is placed on the tooth and hardened, it can be successfully used to whiten teeth, repair chips, fill in gaps, lengthen teeth or change their shape. Though it is versatile, it does have some drawbacks compared to the other options for treating these issues.

Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. By hiding imperfections in teeth, they provide the same improvements as dental bonding. Certain characteristics of porcelain veneers, however, make them superior to dental bonding.

Dental bonding is quite porous, and can become stained or discolored over time from consuming things such as coffee, tea and red wine. Porcelain, on the other hand, is very stain resistant, so porcelain veneers will not become discolored due to the foods you eat. Any surface staining that porcelain does acquire can easily be removed during a professional cleaning.

Porcelain is stronger than dental bonding, so veneers are less susceptible to damage from eating certain foods. Porcelain veneers will typically last significantly longer than dental bonding.

To learn more about veneers and bonding and find out which is best for your situation, contact our Los Angeles dental veneer expert to schedule an appointment.

Dental Veneers and Receding Gums

If you have receding gums, you may be wondering if dental veneers are a possible way of addressing this issue. While it may be possible to receive veneers with receding gums, it is almost always advisable to first take of the receding gums before getting the veneers placed.

As we age, it is natural to experience some level of gum recession. Extreme gum recession, though, may be a sign of gum disease. If you are only experiencing gingivitis, then this stage of gum disease is highly treatable and reversible. You may restore better health to your gums through more frequent dental cleanings and better oral hygiene. In some cases, a scaling and root planing procedure may be required. Once your gums are cleared up, then you will be a better candidate for veneers. If you are experiencing periodontitis, you will likely need to take more drastic measures to return your gums to a point where getting veneers will be possible. Replacing the soft tissue that you have lost through a gum graft surgery can be a good option that may better set you up for veneers.

If you already have veneers and your gums are receding, it is possible that the borders of the veneers may be starting to show. You may also benefit from a gum graft surgery in this scenario, but our Los Angeles dental veneers doctor may recommend replacing your veneers for the best results.

Veneers and Smile Makeovers

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The goal of the smile makeover is to take the smile that you are ashamed of showing to others, and to transform it into the smile you have always wanted. Veneers are so great at achieving this because of their versatility. Our Los Angeles smile makeover expert can use dental veneers to conceal stains, chips, cracks, and gaps. In some instances, veneers can even be used to correct teeth that are crooked.

The placement of veneers requires the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. The amount of enamel removed is roughly the size of the veneer itself, which is usually around 0.5 mm. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken. These impressions are sent off to the lab where your veneers are designed. On your next visit, the veneers are bonded into place.

When porcelain veneers are used, it is hard for any outside observers to know that you have had them placed. The reason for this is because they so closely match the appearance of natural teeth. Part of the reason for this is because porcelain absorbs and reflects light much like our natural tooth enamel. And with proper maintenance, veneers are capable of lasting up to 20 years.

Contact our expert in dental veneers in Los Angeles to see if veneers are the right solution for your smile makeover.

When are Veneers the Right Option?

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Veneers can be used to conceal many different tooth imperfections. Veneers can be used to conceal chips, discoloration, and gaps. They can even be used to fix the appearance of mildly crooked teeth. Veneers are often the right option for fixing these types of cosmetic issues, but there are some exceptions.

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that fit over your natural teeth. In order for veneers to be placed, it will be necessary for our West Hollywood dentist to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. The amount of enamel that is removed is usually around 0.5 millimeters, which is roughly the same size as the veneer itself. Most people are considered good candidates for veneers, but if you lack the necessary amount of enamel, then veneers may not be the right option for you. Veneers may also not be your best option if you are suffering from uncontrolled gum disease or if your teeth are severely misaligned. Additionally, bruxism can sometimes prevent patients from receiving veneers, as the veneers are not able to easily withstand clenching and grinding forces. For most other patients, veneers are usually the best option for concealing any imperfections in their teeth. They are also good for lengthening teeth that appear too small.

If you are interested in learning if veneers are the right option for you, contact our expert in dental veneers in West Hollywood to set up a consultation.

What Do Veneers Look Like?

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Porcelain veneers are a great option for patients looking to disguise many dental abnormalities or things that simply make them self-conscious. One of the most common questions about them are about how they look on the tooth.

The most common type of veneer is made of porcelain, the same substance that your china and bathtub are made of. The reason they are made of this is because it has three features that are ideal for oral applications: it reflects light nearly identically as teeth, it can be color-matched to the neighboring teeth, and it is highly stain resistant. Because of the first two reasons, that it reflect light much like natural teeth and that it can be color-matched, porcelain veneers are essentially indistinguishable from natural teeth. In other words, no one will be able to tell you have them at all. All they will see is a perfectly shaped, natural-looking smile.

Because porcelain is non-porous, staining is virtually impossible. This is why it is so popular in bathrooms, as it can be easily cleaned. This means that your smile will maintain that perfect look for years to come.

Perhaps the best way to get a sense of their look, however, is to simply look up dental veneers pictures online or at our office. You may even ask around, as there is a decent chance you know someone who already has them but you never knew it.

If you are in the area, contact our Pasadena dental veneers expert to schedule a consultation to find out if they are right for you.

Dental Veneers Types

Dental veneers are available in composite and porcelain types. While both options are custom tinted to match your smile and cover flaws involving structure and color, the two types differ in their durability and resistance to stains. Here is more information about each type of veneer for patients planning to get them in the future.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is widely preferred over composite for veneers, because porcelain is non-porous. This means that it is virtually invulnerable to discoloration. It also lasts longer than composite. However, porcelain does require a bigger initial investment.

Composite Veneers

These veneers use a material similar to that used in bonding and tooth-colored fillings. With its higher porosity, composite can become stained more easily than porcelain. Some patients may prefer composite veneers for their lower cost and their treatment time, though, as it is shorter than that required for porcelain veneers. Instead of being made at a lab, composite veneers may be fitted when they are placed.

Porcelain veneers can last for decades, while composite veneers often last for about four to eight years. While the advantages of porcelain veneers are clear, they do require a greater investment of time and money compared to their composite counterparts. Patients can schedule a consultation with our porcelain veneers specialist in Beverly Hills to learn more about the differences between these two types of veneers.