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Don’t Hide Your Smile: Enhance Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers: A Brief History

Despite coming into vogue relatively recently, the technology that would eventually come to be known as dental veneers actually dates back to the 1930s, in which they were used as a means to temporarily fix the teeth of Hollywood actors, to create the illusion of a perfect smile. While successful in creating what’s now known as the classic “Hollywood Smile” the rudimentary technology could not provide a permanent solution and was not practical for widespread use.

This changed in 1982 when the modern dental veneer was developed, and in the years that have followed, the veneer technology has only continued to improve thanks to numerous advancements in the dental field, and now is one of the most commonly preformed procedures within the realm of cosmetic dentistry.

What Dental Veneers Do

Although relatively simple, yet highly effective, veneers are a clear, soft, porcelain device that is designed to be sealed over both your upper and lower teeth, creating a sort of protective skin that surrounds the outer layer of your teeth. The purpose is to protect your teeth from hazardous outside elements, while simultaneously concealing any prior received abrasions or blemishes that your teeth may have. Once fully applied veneers are generally unnoticeable, thereby allowing wearer to eat, brush, and live as one normally would, with few (if any) limitations. With this amazing ability to deliver a seemingly flawless smile, there’s little wonder as to why veneers have become so popular among patients from all over the country.

However, despite their obvious benefits, there are a few drawbacks from receiving veneers that are important to keep in mind. The source of these drawbacks is the re-shaping process, which requires the removal of the tooth’s enamel, in addition to filing down the surface of the teeth. While this is necessary for the veneers to be successfully applied to your teeth, if the device is removed, your teeth will be unprotected against outside elements.

Veneers vs. Lumineers: The Difference

As something of an upgraded version of the dental veneers, Lumineers are very similar to veneers in both design and general functionality. Much like veneers, Lumineers are designed to fit over both upper and lower rows of teeth, thereby shielding them from troublesome food particles while shrouding it in a whiter but seemingly natural color tint that greatly improves the smile’s overall appearance. However, what truly gives Lumineers a distinct advantage over their predecessor, is that due to their much thinner nature. Lumineers can be applied to your teeth as they are without reshaping or removing the tooth’s enamel! By eliminating the invasive reshaping process, Lumineers not only provide a quicker, easier solution, but also succeed in preventing any issues in the long run.

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A Flawless Smile Awaits!  

As mentioned earlier, although they were once only able to create the temporary illusion of a picturesque smile, thanks to modern dental technology dental veneers can actually deliver a smile that is both beautiful and permanent, and with the recent arrival of Lumineers, the process of receiving the smile of your dreams is now easier than ever!

If you are interested in receiving Lumineers, or have any questions about the procedure, please contact our offices at Overland Park Dentistry to schedule your consultation.

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Keep Smiling!

Local dentist, Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS, and his team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with preventativerestorative or cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Dental Lumineers

porcelain-veneersEveryone wants a beautiful smile.

We all want to have the confidence a beautiful smile helps us achieve.

However, some of us struggle with that confidence and hide our smiles because they’re flawed.

Have you heard of porcelain veneers? The goal of this article is to explain this procedure that can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. And it will also explain two different types of porcelain veneers, including dental Lumineers.

Achieve a flawless smile with Porcelain Veneers

Originally popularized in the 1980s, porcelain veneers have been used for many years and have been considered by a large number of dentists to be one of the most effective ways to create a seeming flawless smile for their patients. However in recent years, dentistry has undergone significant changes thanks to advancements in technology that have in many ways revolutionized the profession.  Porcelain veneers, called Dental Lumineers, are one of the numerous advancements to come out of this dental revolution, and since their inception, have certainly given the traditional veneers a run for their money.

Porcelain veneers… What are they?

As mentioned previously, due to their ability to create a picture perfect smile, porcelain veneers have been a powerful ally for not only dentists but for actors and models too! Porcelain veneers are a thin, shell like device that are designed to be fitted directly over your teeth; protecting your teeth from outside elements, while simultaneously covering up any gaps, cracks, or chips in your teeth.  While this aspect has made the porcelain veneers a popular and sought after procedure within the realm of cosmetic dentistry, the process of getting these small porcelain devices present a few issues as well.

Porcelain Veneers… What is the process?

To receive your porcelain veneers, your dentist will be required to make a certain amount of alterations to your teeth, including the shaving down and reshaping of some of your teeth, as well as the removal of the enamel of your teeth. Although these procedures are all relatively minor, the alterations of ones teeth can potentially result in long-term dental issues, particularly if the procedures are performed on young or healthy teeth, in which porcelain veneers would not be needed.

A New Era for Porcelain Veneers!

Although dental Lumineers have been around for quite a few years, due to modern advancements in technology, dental Lumineers are now available to a much wider audience, and have been improving the smiles of people nationwide. While much like the porcelain veneers, dental Lumineers are thin porcelain devices that encase your teeth like a protective shell. Lumineers are much thinner and have a clearer appearance. However what makes Lumineers truly unique is the fact that they do not require any reshaping or alterations to your teeth; that means no drilling and no pain. In addition to leaving your enamel completely intact, it ends up being a much less invasive procedure. Ultimately this is a much more desirable experience for the patient. This quick and painless process requires only two simple appointments, and the resulting set of dental Lumineers, if maintained properly, can last decades.

Related Article: Lumineers: the Noninvasive Veneer for Teeth

Watch these stories, captured by video, featuring people of all ages who have gotten dental Lumineers.

Click here, if you are interested in seeing Before and After photos of actual dental Lumineers patients?

If you want Dental Lumineers… Talk to your dentist!

Many dentists consider the increasingly popular Lumineers to be a superior product to classic porcelain veneers; however, if you have questions about either or are curious if one might be right for you, consult your dentist and ask if they feel dental Lumineers or porcelain veneers would right for you.

If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or dental Lumineers, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Charles R. Kimes at Overland Park Dentistry. As a Lumineers dentist, Dr. Kimes will help you explore your options for a personalized Hollywood smile, so you can make and educated decision to whether dental veneers or dental Lumineers is the best option for you. Our south office can be reached at (913) 647-8700 and our north office at (913) 341-2380. We look forward to meeting you.