Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers®
When other people see you smile they know that you’re happy. But you know what? Your smile should make you happy, too. You should be able to see your smile in the mirror or in a photograph and feel a sense of happiness and pride. However, if cosmetic imperfections such as broken or misshaped teeth are making you unhappy about your smile, then it’s time to make a change. Porcelain veneers or Lumineers from Diamond Dental of Owings Mills will conceal those imperfections so the smile that both you and others see is attractive.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers
For residents of Owings Mills, porcelain veneers and Lumineers provide a relatively rapid method of completely transforming your smile. Both veneers and Lumineers are constructed from ultra-thin dental porcelain or composite resin. In addition, both are semi-translucent, just like your natural tooth enamel, so they reflect light and look like real teeth. The only difference between the two is the preparation required before one or the other is bonded to your teeth.
With porcelain veneers, you are given a local anesthetic so Dr. Mattson can carefully trim a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. This is necessary to make room for the veneers so they lie evenly in your mouth and do not noticeably protrude. Once the enamel is removed, your teeth are permanently altered and you’ll always need to have coverings on your teeth.
Lumineers, however, are made of even thinner layers of dental porcelain than veneers and, therefore, can be bonded directly to teeth that have not been altered. Because teeth do not require any preparation, Lumineers can usually be placed without any anesthesia. And if there ever comes a time when you want or need to remove your Lumineers, you can do so without having to worry about the condition of your natural teeth.
Receiving Your New Smile with the 21117 Dentist
Whether you are changing your smile with porcelain veneers or Lumineers, the first step is scheduling a dental checkup with 21117 dentist Dr. Mattson. As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, we need to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to support your new smile. Dental problems such as cavities or gum disease will need to be taken care of first. Then, we’ll take photographs and measurements of your mouth, digital x-rays and molded impressions. Dr. Mattson will use these to design porcelain veneers or Lumineers that are the correct size and shape for you. Your new smile can also be as white as you’d like.
Your porcelain veneers or Lumineers will be custom-crafted and sent to our office. After ensuring that the individual coverings were made as designed, Dr. Mattson will bond them to your teeth. Your new smile will make you happy for years to come!