What type of teeth veneers are best for La Crescenta, CA smiles?
Think about a person you know with a truly standout smile. What makes it different from other, nice smiles? It probably has symmetry, balance, and color that does not compromise its unique character. That is the difference teeth veneers can make for those who aren’t lucky enough to have naturally perfect teeth. Since 1997, Dr. Carlos Garcia has been helping patients in the La Crescenta, CA area love their smiles with tailored cosmetic dental treatments.
When veneers are a good choice
A veneer is a thin shell of dental ceramic. It is bonded to the front surface of an anterior tooth to disguise imperfections. Just one tooth may be veneered, all that show when you smile, or even a whole arch.
Veneers are applied to improve the appearance of:
- Minor misalignment – Crooked teeth, spaces, and overlaps.
- Enamel flaws – Chips, fractures, pits, and bumps.
- Shape and size – Teeth that look too long or short, are worn down, or just aren’t formed attractively.
- Color – Internal discoloration that does not respond to whitening, or genetically dingy enamel.
Porcelain veneers vs. Lumineers®
Dental bonding, a composite resin material for white fillings, is sometimes used as a temporary correction for these problems. However, veneers for long-term smile enhancement are usually classified as porcelain or Lumineers®.
Porcelain veneers are about the thickness of a credit card (one millimeter). A small amount of enamel must be removed from the front surface of a tooth so that the veneer seats snugly at the gum line and looks natural. This change is permanent. The advantages of porcelain veneers are strength, and the range of imperfections they can mask.
Lumineers are a brand that are ultra-thin. Little or no reduction of tooth enamel is necessary – just a mild etching solution. Because they are so thin, Lumineers are translucent for a very natural look. Plus, they can be removed. However, they are more easily damaged or dislodged, and cannot correct some appearance issues.