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Veneers vs. Lumineers

September 27, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Travis Buxton
White Dental Veneers | Bangor ME

Did you know that people with beautiful smiles are perceived as happier, more friendly, and more successful? Is it time to upgrade your smile? Maybe you're ready to create that smile you've always dreamed of. Well, congratulations on choosing to invest in yourself, and your cosmetic dentist in Bangor, ME is here to help! Veneers or Lumineers may be the right choice to enhance your smile, but the question is, which one is right for you?

What is a Porcelain Veneer?

A dental veneer is best described as a thin layer of porcelain that is custom designed to fit over your natural tooth. Veneers are ideal for repairing dental issues such as:

  • Small chips and fractures
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps or spacing between teeth
  • Wear

Veneers are bonded directly to your tooth and can be used to repair one tooth or to enhance an entire smile. They're easy to care for and very durable. With an excellent home care routine and regular dental checkups, your new smile can potentially last for many years.

What are Lumineers?

Also designed to fit on top of your tooth, Lumineers are an even more sheer layer of porcelain, about the thickness of a contact lens. Lumineers are less invasive because they don't require any tooth enamel to be removed as veneers do to apply them. For this reason however, they can sometimes appear bulkier than veneers. While they are quicker and easier to apply than veneers, they may not provide as much longevity since they're not as thick.

If you're ready to improve your smile, the first place to start is consultation with one of our highly skilled doctors at Maine Family Dental. We'll discuss your desires and goals for your smile with you so you can select the option that will be best for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and learn more about your options. A more beautiful smile is just a phone call away!

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