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/24-7PressRelease/ - MIAMI, BOCA RATON, PALM BEACH & FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 11, 2007 - www.smilesouthflorida.com - Do you remember a time when politicians and movie stars had less than perfect teeth? Nowadays it's jarring to see slightly crooked or yellow teeth on your television or movie screen.
If you've ever envied those perfect smiles, you may have done your own research and found the myriad of cosmetic dentistry options a bit bewildering. No doubt, you've heard many mentions of porcelain veneers and Lumineers .
"Ever since ABC-TV's 'Extreme Makeover,' we have noticed a marked increase in patients asking about veneers, and more recently, Lumineers," said Smile South Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Charles Nottingham. "Many people have some confusion about the differences and similarities between the two. Basically, a Lumineer is a type of veneer that requires less preparation and little or no removal of the tooth structure."
In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products:
• cover only the visible portions of teeth;
• repair minor tooth imperfections;
• straighten and lengthen teeth;
• conceal stained or discolored fillings; and
• are stain proof, natural in appearance and highly resilient.
Of course, as Dr. Nottingham noted, there are distinct differences between these two popular, cosmetic-dentistry procedures. Veneers, also known as "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer. Lumineers are thinner; roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. Typically, the original tooth structure need not be shaped for placement.
"Lumineers are ideal for minor cosmetic adjustments, but I would not recommend them for major extreme-makeover and instant-orthodontic work, "said Dr. Nottingham. "For example, I would suggest a patient add a couple Lumineers to extend small teeth, fix a minor chip, or change color. For patients who want to close a diastema (wide gap between teeth) without using metal braces, I would suggest traditional veneers because it allows me more flexibility in molding the veneer to create the best aesthetic look. One size does not fit all."
With practices in Boca Raton and Tamarac, Fla., Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to providing excellent dental care. The dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry and periodontics, with a focus in extreme dental makeovers, instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers and crowns, Lumineers, dental implants, Invisalign, and teeth whitening.
Call Smile South Florida today at 954.721.6950 (Broward County) or 561.347.7757 (Boca Raton) or visit our website to schedule an appointment and learn more about cosmetic dentistry.
About Smile South Florida
Smile South Florida is a cosmetic dental practice that provides the latest aesthetic services and finest dental education to Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. For further information, please contact us at (954)721-6950.
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