Achieve a Flawless, Hollywood Smile
At Oakland Family Dental, we believe everyone has the potential for a stunning, new smile. For patients with deeply stained or misshapen teeth, we can use veneers and Lumineers to help you achieve your ideal smile.
Explore the differences between veneers and Lumineers and discover which cosmetic treatment option is right for you.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Veneers are made from durable, tooth-colored porcelain to ensure a natural-looking smile that’s built to last for years. They’re a great cosmetic treatment option for fixing:
- Chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Badly shaped or crooked teeth
- Deeply stained or discolored teeth
Placing Your Veneers
A veneer placed on top of your tooth can correct a number of dental issues, simply and quickly, helping you achieve a beautiful smile! Receiving your porcelain veneers can typically be completed in just two visits to our Waterford office:
- During your first appointment, Dr. Sheehan will take high-quality, digital impressions of your teeth so she can generate a precise model to create your new veneers.
- When the veneer is ready, Dr. Sheehan will safely remove part of your tooth enamel to make room for the porcelain veneer.
- Once you’re satisfied with the color and shape, she’ll attach the veneer with a permanent dental adhesive.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of veneer that is thinner than their conventional counterparts, and in most cases require no buffing or removal of enamel. Additionally, Lumineers are usually a reversible treatment and require little to no modification of your teeth.
Lumineers have been used to restore smiles for over 30 years and are a fantastic solution for quickly and effectively achieving a dazzling, new smile. Made from durable porcelain, Lumineers are extremely durable and provide a great alternative to traditional veneers.
Receiving Your Lumineers
Just like veneers, the process can be completed in two short appointments over a couple weeks. Since Lumineers are so thin, Dr. Sheehan can apply them directly to your teeth without removing any of your healthy enamel, allowing you to retain your natural tooth structure.
Lumineers also eliminate the need for drilling, shots, or temporary acrylics. Though the ultra-thin material provides several advantages, Lumineers may not provide enough coverage for deep stains.
Which Is Better: Veneers or Lumineers?
At Oakland Family Dental, we build treatment plans that are designed around your needs. We believe every patient is different and individualize every treatment to meet your specific needs and concerns.
During your consultation with Dr. Sheehan, you will discuss any questions you may have and she will help you figure out which option is the ideal choice for you.
When bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers and Lumineers are virtually undetectable and are highly resistant to coffee, tea, and cigarette stains.
For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them, and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
While veneers and Lumineers are both designed to restore your smile by covering the front surface of your teeth, each provides a unique approach. When using traditional veneers, your teeth need to be buffed in order to make room for the porcelain veneer.
In contrast, Lumineers are ultra-thin which allows them to be placed directly on the teeth without preparation. During your consultation with Dr. Sheehan, we’ll discuss which of these cosmetic options is the best fit for your smile goals.
Enhancing Your Smile with Dr. Sheehan
When you choose dental veneers from our Waterford dental practice, you can trust that they are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
To learn more about veneers and Lumineers, contact our cosmetic dentist in Waterford Township today by calling (248) 674-0384 to schedule your next appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
For your veneers treatment, we’ll generally numb the area to eliminate the chances of any discomfort. This will help ensure you feel little to no pain while we permanently place each veneer on the surface of your tooth.
With Lumineers, the procedure is pain-free and completely non-invasive. Dr. Sheehan won’t have to remove any of your current teeth enamel, so this will eliminate any sensitivity or unwanted sensation during your treatment.
Your porcelain veneers or Lumineers can last anywhere between 12-25 years or sometimes longer depending on the care and maintenance. With porcelain veneers or Lumineers, they’re designed to last much longer than composite veneers before they need to be replaced due to their long-lasting material.
Here at Oakland Family Dental, both the veneers and Lumineers procedures will require two appointments with Dr. Sheehan. First, we will need to take examine your mouth and take digital impressions of your teeth in order to create the perfect set of veneers or Lumineers for you. Then, the last appointment will be where we place your veneers or Lumineers.
The cost of veneers and Lumineers will vary on the patient and different aspects of their smile goals. When you visit our office for your consultation, Dr. Sheehan can review your smile and generate an estimated price for your overall treatment. Here, she can also offer any payment plans that can help you pay for your treatment.
Some dental insurance providers may cover a portion of your veneers or Lumineers treatment depending on the purpose. Since most veneer or Lumineer treatments are for cosmetic purposes, some dental insurance providers won’t cover your procedure.
However, if it’s for restorative purposes, some of the costs may be covered by your dental insurance. It’s best to speak with your provider before you move forward with treatment to ensure there are no surprises along the way.
Taking care of your veneers or Lumineers is the same as you would with your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss daily to help maintain their beautiful appearance.
They’re virtually undetectable and are highly resistant to coffee, tea, and cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
Yes, veneers and Lumineers are a great option to aesthetically enhance your crooked teeth without getting braces. It’s important to note that your natural teeth won’t physically straighten, but the appearance of them will.
For minor misalignments, some people may prefer dental bonding as a more affordable option, but it isn’t as long-lasting as veneers or Lumineers.
If your veneer or Lumineer falls off or becomes damaged, you should give our Waterford dental office a call immediately. That way we can get you in as soon as possible for Dr. Sheehan to take a look and repair it.
Please do not try to glue your veneer back on, you should have it fixed professionally no matter what.