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If you’ve decided to improve your smile, you have probably noticed the many options that are available. Depending on your oral health and how quickly you’d like to see results, getting Lumineers or porcelain veneers in Windermere can help you get the look you want. Keep reading to learn the differences between these cosmetic treatments and how your oral health can affect your choice.

Porcelain Veneers

Including a consultation, Veneers can give you a radiant smile in as few as three visits to your cosmetic dentist. They are small pieces of medical-grade porcelain that have been cut and customized to fit over your teeth, giving them a white, more symmetric appearance. Veneers require the removal of about 0.5 mm of enamel from your teeth, so if you already have worn down enamel, they are an excellent choice. Porcelain veneers provide a very natural look, due to the variety of shades offered. They are white and glossy, exactly what you’d imagine perfect teeth to be. 

Lumineers

Lumineers are a different type of veneers made from a ceramic material known as Cerinate. They require a fair amount of enamel in order to adhere properly to your tooth’s surface, so there is no prep work for this option. Your smile can be improved within two visits, including the consultation. They are about as thin as contact lenses and can be placed seamlessly over your teeth to transform your smile.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Your Needs

Below is a breakdown of which cosmetic issues can be corrected by both Lumineers and veneers:

  • Stained or discolored teeth; stains caused by old fillings
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Cracks or chips in teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth

While they are both able to correct similar dental issues, Lumineers are quite translucent, so severely stained or damaged teeth would easily show through. Porcelain veneers, however, are more opaque, so they are a good option if you have stains that cannot be whitened or “bleached away”. Veneers are also more stain-resistant than Lumineers. In order to have stronger stain-resistant properties, Lumineers will need to be thicker than usual, which may cause them to feel bulkier

Studies show that more than 90 percent of Americans believe that a smile is a valuable asset. Making the decision to get a cosmetic treatment like porcelain veneers or Lumineers in Windermere can give you the confidence to pursue certain goals and create other positive changes in your life. A visit with your dentist can help you decide which treatment might be best for you.

About the Practice

The team of dentists at Windermere Dentistry is dedicated to providing each patient with high-quality dental care in a comfortable environment. Drs. Matthew McKissock and Rupal Thakkar offer a wide range of services that include general cleanings and exams, porcelain veneers, dental implants and more. If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact the office at (407) 909-1099 or visit the website to schedule your appointment today.

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