porcelain veneers / dental veneers
Our extensive experience and training in cosmetic dentistry have shown us no-prep veneers such as Lumineers can be appropriate in certain situations. A careful examination and complete smile analysis are required to determine the best technique and material for each individual case. Each smile we design is unique and custom-designed. We do not limit ourselves to one technique.
The non-prep product we prefer is Durathin veneers. They are beautifully created by Experience Dental Laboratory in Provo, Utah. Lumineers are currently manufactured in China. For more information on Durathin veneers click here.
We are very conservative with tooth structure. We remove as little as possible to accomplish our goal - a terrific smile. no-prep veneers are only .3mm thick. The latest material from Empress- Esthetic is typically .5mm thick. So the difference may not be as dramatic as advertised. However, for good candidates, no-prep veneers can offer a fantastic solution to minor cosmetic irregularities.
The majority of cases we design would be significantly compromised without some tooth preparation. Unless the teeth set inward no matter how thin the Lumineer will feel bulky without some preparation.
Most cases we see have some protruding or rotated teeth where preparation is necessary to correct. Color control becomes more difficult when the veneer is too thin. Hue, chroma, translucency, color depth, brightness, and surface texture all need to be just right for a beautiful smile. Masking discolored teeth to look natural requires sufficient thickness of restoration to not look opaque and fake. Not removing old restorations can lead to future problems of color change and decay.