From the desk of Dr. Cruz: Veneers
Patient presents with dissatisfaction with existing ceramic veneers and unhappy about smile.(before treatment)
Patient happy with smile after replacement of old veneers with new smile design & veneers
Lack of lip support from profile view with old veneers.
Natural lip support with new veneers.
Lack of lip support from old veneers (frontal view) causing aged appearance.
Patient happy with youthful lip support with new veneers profile view.
More youthful lip support with new veneers.
Inadequate display of lower teeth with half smile due to improper smile design with old veneers.
Attractive lip support during half smile with new veneers.
Veneers on stone cast prior to delivery.
A Veneers Case Study
Q: Tell us about the differences between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers
The difference is that one is made of ceramic or porcelain and the other out of a composite resin material. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain veneers look natural and the visual allure is typically better than with composite. It also entails more effort and removal of tooth structure. A composite veneer requires less removal of tooth structure and typically does not look as good as porcelain over time. The cost of a composite bonding is typically lower when compared to porcelain.
However, correct diagnosis and effective conversation with the patient helps in considering the benefits of both procedures.
Q: Do you offer Lumineers? What are the differences between Veneers and Lumineers? Is one better than the other?
A Lumineer is, in truth, just a marketing tool of a very conservative preparation for veneers and has been successful in arousing patients' awareness of veneers. Lumineers have been trademarked, but it is no different from veneers, although such claims have been made. In fact, "Lumineers" had already been in the market when Veneers were first introduced in the early to mid 1980s with minimum preparation. Lumineers have both advantages and disadvantages aesthetically.
Lumineers are just a marketing tool for a thinner Veneer. It is therefore a general trade name for a general procedure.
Q: Who would be a good candidate for Veneers?
Veneers are mostly done in conservative approaches, and getting the procedure done depends on proper diagnosis. Sometimes orthodontics or tooth whitening could be more suitable than veneers. The patient should be well aware of the correct diagnosis and proper action required before a final decision is made.