Understanding Porcelain Veneers And Lumineers

A smile that has dark stains, spattered or corroded and yellow teeth can be an imposition to some and these aesthetic imperfections may need to be helped by a dentist with teeth bonding procedures such as porcelain bonding, veneers or complete crowns to provide a more attractive look. Although not as easy as bleaching, the procedures may assist in giving you a more wholesome facial look.

The Basics

Basically, dental bonding is actually a process where a material is bonded onto the surface of the teeth. It is commonly known as veneers. Veneers are shell-like facings, usually made of composite resins or porcelain that is bonded onto the area of your teeth.

When will you require dental bonding?


1. Intrinsic discoloration or tooth area mis-formation that comes from:

Getting older




Genetic tooth defects

Erosion and sore

2. Other hard-to-remove staining not amendable by bleaching procedures

3. Discolored non-vital teeth that otherwise might need post crowns can be veneered

4. To fix peg-shaped lateral incisors

5. In order to close proximal gaps and diastemas

6. In order to repair (some) fractured tooth edges

7. Particularly useful in adolescents where more extensive tooth preparation may have an increased risk exposure of the tooth pulp

When would you be inappropriate for dental bonding?

Contraindications for dental bonding

Poorly motivated individual with a significant tooth decay rate and appreciable amount of gum attachment destruction

Gum recession, exposure of the root of tooth, a higher lip line

Teeth that is located too close to the lips of the person, severely twisted or overlapped tooth

When lower front teeth meet in close approximation to the inside area of opposing upper front teeth

Teeth are severely discolored

Large existing restorations

What are the types of aesthetic dental bonding?

Direct Bonding – With direct bonding, the veneers use bonded composites. Direct veneers may not involve the elimination of significant tooth matter. If tooth matter is not purged, such veneers are considered to be a reversible procedure.

Indirect bonding (Traditional veneers) – Indirect veneers use a ceramic ingredient, such as porcelain. The primary area of the tooth is prepared to provide room for the veneering material. So, indirect veneers are not a reversible treatment.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers can be made directly or more commonly indirectly. Indirect composite veneers are created in a dental laboratory from a photocopy of your teeth. A limited amount of tooth structure must be purged for this indirect composite restoration.

A direct technique for composite bonding does not resort to as much getting rid of tooth structure. Tooth acquiesced for composite bonding are confined, burnished with pumice and acid-etched. A dental bonding agent and an optional nontransparent can be added before the composite is forged onto the tooth area. This operation can alter the guise and shape of the tooth.

This operation is painless and needs only one visit. It is somewhat real steal and is great for young teeth with large pulps. However it can appear big and has the capability to condense, chop and stain over time.

Traditional Porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer is great for older tooth. Fabrication of a porcelain veneer uses an indirect technique and involves preparation of the tooth by abolishing a thin layer of tooth structure, making an impression and mailing the an impression to the laboratory for assembling of the porcelain veneer. A temporary veneer is molded and worn until the second visit. On the next visit, the temporary veneer is purged and the permanent veneer is placed and bonded to the tooth area with composite.

Porcelain veneer can be big and if they are not done properly, can stain the margins and can chop. They are overpriced but have good attractive properties and are more long-lasting than composite veneers.


LUMINEERS are very thin (about 0.2 mm) and highly translucent dental bonding veneers made out of porcelain, letting them to seem like the natural look of teeth. Although traditional veneers are much thicker, needing the grinding down of the original tooth enamel, little to no tooth reduction is necessary for the bonding of LUMINEERS due to its thin condition. The LUMINEERS are bonded to normal teeth in a similar way like composite veneers therefore requiring no anesthesia which is different from traditional porcelain veneers that do.

Pricing of Bonding

Dental bonding prices vary according to the kind of veneers used.

Porcelain veneers are more overpriced than their composite-material cousins. In fact, traditional porcelain veneers are around 0.5 millimeters thick, and can possibly cost from $500 to $2,500 per tooth.Porcelain veneers can be kept up to 10 to 15 years in many cases.

Composite veneers are typically priced at about $250 to $1500 per tooth and are expected to last anywhere from 5 to 7 years.

The Lumineers brand may cost around $700-$1,300 per bonded tooth. Lumineers claims to last for over 20 years.

Sometimes there is a cost for the first consultation ($65-$102) and X-rays ($13-$135). Dental bonding are very rarely covered by dental coverage.