Lumineers® and dental crowns are both great options for restoring or perfecting your smile. Each of these cosmetic and restorative dentistry options offers unique benefits. There is one distinct difference between the two: Lumineers are best for aesthetic issues, while crowns restore function.
The best way to know which of these dentistry options is right for you is by scheduling a dental exam with Dr. Konig in Houston. If you're unhappy with your smile, call our office to schedule your exam today at (713) 668-2289. Dr. Konig serves clients in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.
Lumineers are a minimally invasive way to correct aesthetic problems. Traditionally, porcelain veneers require your teeth to be reduced or shaved down to accommodate the porcelain shells, but Lumineers are so thin that little to no reduction is required. This means they may be removable in some instances.
There are many benefits to Lumineers, including:
- They can last up to 20 years.
- The implementation process is generally quick and pain free.
- They don't require any special care besides flossing and brushing.
- Lumineers are created specifically for you using an impression of your teeth and bite.
- They can correct cosmetic problems including cracked, discolored, crooked or chipped teeth.
Dr. Konig will help you decide if Lumineers are the best option for you during your initial dental exam. The first step is to take an impression of your teeth and bite. Our cosmetic dentist will then send his notes and directions along with the mold of your teeth to Cerinate Smile Design Studio where your Lumineers will be custom made for you to match the shade, shape and size of your teeth. Once the shells have been created, Dr. Konig will place them on the front of your teeth during your second appointment.
Dental crowns are best for restoring dental issues which impact the appearance and function of your teeth. Much like Lumineers, dental crowns are custom made and match the size, shape and shade of your adjacent teeth, but rather than a shell placed on the front of your teeth, crowns involve a durable porcelain cap. If you've had a root canal in the past or plan to have one in the future, then dental crowns are most likely the right option for you.
Dental crowns offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits including:
- The ability to eliminate decay and visible tooth damage.
- Crowns can strengthen one or more of your teeth.
- They can restore your chewing capabilities.
- Crowns are made of durable, long-lasting porcelain material.
- They can give you confidence in your smile again.
The application process of dental crowns is similar to that of Lumineers. During your first visit, Dr. Konig will make an impression of your teeth and send it to our dental lab. Once your crown has been created, you will come back for a second appointment to apply the porcelain cap to your tooth.
If you're suffering from severe tooth decay or are tired of cracked, discolored teeth, please contact Dr. Konig in Houston today at (713) 668-2289 to schedule your initial dental exam. Our cosmetic and restorative dentistry office serves patients in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.