What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?

When you’re doing research for a dental makeover, you’ll likely come across veneers and lumineers. They seem like they perform the same function, but what are the actual differences? You’re not alone in asking this question. The truth is they both serve similar purposes, but at different levels. Here is everything you need to know about porcelain veneers versus lumineers.

Use Veneers for Major Dental Makeovers

Porcelain veneers are a thin  shell of porcelain  designed to bond to existing teeth. They can be customized to make your teeth look exactly how you want them to. These type of veneers can correct minor crowding that you have always hated.   Some removal of the tooth’s enamel may be required to give the dentist room to adhere the veneer to the tooth.

Veneers are a permanent dental makeover solution. With porcelain veneers, you can not only repair or replace chipped or broken teeth, but you can also fill in gaps between your teeth. You may be required to visit the dentist a few l times to get the look you want.

Use Lumineers for Minor Dental Makeovers

Lumineers can be contact lens thin  and are designed for making minor cosmetic changes to your teeth. If your teeth are stained or have very minor defects to them, lumineers could be an option for you.  Many times you don’t need any tooth preparation  so there is less sensitivity to hot and cold .  Because there is no tooth preparation you may feel like your teeth stick out further .   Lumineers  may require shorter  dental appointments than a traditional veneer.  

Cosmetic veneers are gaining popularity, so it’s important to educate yourself about the different options before going through a procedure. If you have any questions about the differences between veneers and lumineers, or what may be best for you, be sure to contact us. Our friendly dentists will make recommendations based on your teeth after an oral examination.