If you have stained, broken, pitted, or chipped teeth, lumineers and veneers are two great options that can help you achieve a beautiful smile. Veneers and lumineers are considered cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to help permanently whiten and align the teeth.
Veneers and lumineers are made of thin shells bonded to the teeth to cover imperfections or discolorations. Lumineers are made from Cerinate (a patented ceramic material). On the other hand, veneers are made from porcelain.
Since both materials are not porous, it makes them resistant to staining. However, since lumineers are ultra-thin, they are not good at hiding extremely discolored or significantly damaged teeth. Veneers are thicker so they can effectively cover up any damage or stains.
Veneers: Veneers will require more preparation before it is applied. During the initial examination, the affected teeth will be examined to ensure correct information will be provided to the dental laboratory. 3-D imaging, X-rays, and molds or teeth impressions may also be required to ensure accuracy. After all the needed information is sent to the dental laboratory, the veneers are created and will be ready in a week or two.
Lumineers: On your initial appointment, a mold or impression will be taken and sent to the laboratory where the lumineers will be created. In both options, the dentist will determine the right shade that will help you achieve a bright and natural-looking smile.
Veneers: Veneers will require the teeth to be thinner so it fits in without any noticeable difference. Local anesthesia will be used when filing away some of the enamel.
Lumineers: Unlike veneers, lumineers will not require filing the enamel since the shells are very thin.
In both veneers and lumineers, the shells will be checked for shade and fit before they are cemented using a bonding solution. One distinct difference between the two is that lumineers are semi-permanent, while veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth. This means lumineers can be removed without causing significant damage to the teeth.
Veneers: Below are some of the enticing benefits veneers offer:
- Efficacy. Veneers can leave the teeth looking whiter and brighter. It also has a very high success rate.
- Stain resistance. Veneers can prevent tooth staining for up to five years.
- Durability. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.
Lumineers: Below are some of the benefits of lumineers:
- Less invasive. Lumineers will require little to no preparation. There is no need to file, shape, or grind the teeth. The procedure won’t require the use of anesthesia and is pain-free.
- Faster results. One thing that makes lumineers popular is they are easy to put into place. The procedure is quicker and will only require a few visits to the dentist. They can also be replaced or taken off.
- Cost-effective. Lumineers are cheaper compared to veneers.
Veneers vs. Lumineers: Which Option is Right for You?
Both options are considered highly effective in correcting most cosmetic issues. It is recommended that you do your research and talk to your dentist to help you decide on the option that will suit your needs and budget best.
Dr. Gary Salwin leads the Glendale Dental Group, Arizona. He and his team treat dental emergencies and perform a whole range of dental services. He has been practicing dentistry for more than 36 years.