Everyone deserves to have a confident, beautiful smile, and now you can, with the help of your cosmetic dentist. Although you have more options than ever to revamp your teeth, porcelain veneers continue to rank among the most popular elective procedures; however, Lumineers are close behind. While they may produce identical results, there’s one big difference between them. One method requires your enamel to be removed, and the other doesn’t involve any prep work. Here’s how to choose the best method to achieve your dream smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is a custom-made shell that’s bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. When applied to the teeth most visible when smiling, veneers can correct various issues using just one procedure, like chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth. Contrary to common belief, not all veneers are the same.
Porcelain Veneers VS Lumineers
Porcelain is the standard material for veneers because it mimics enamel and allows the restorations to be very thin. As a result, less of your tooth structure is removed during the bonding process. By keeping more of your tooth intact, the procedure is less invasive. You can enjoy results that last for a decade or longer after just 2 appointments; however, your dentist will have to remove some enamel to ensure the veneers sit flush for smooth, sleek results. While etching your teeth is necessary, your enamel won’t grow back. Therefore, your teeth will always have to be covered by restorations, whether veneers or crowns.
Lumineers differ because little to no enamel is removed. Minimal prep veneers are thinner than those made of porcelain but offer many of the same advantages. You won’t have to alter your teeth, making the procedure reversible if you change your mind later. You’ll preserve your natural smile, but Lumineers don’t have the same lifespan as traditional veneers.
Which is Right for Me?
Your cosmetic dentist will examine your smile and learn more about your preferences to determine which method is right for you. They’ll also explain the pros and cons of each option, such as:
Shared Benefits of Veneers and Lumineers
- Fix minor alignment concerns.
- Cover dark tooth discoloration and stains.
- Fix chips and cracks.
- Close gaps between teeth.
- Natural-looking results.
- Added layer of protection.
- Similar in cost.
Differences Between Veneers and Lumineers
- Veneers require enamel removal.
- Veneers last longer than Lumineers.
- Veneers are placed in 2 visits.
- Lumineers don’t require enamel removal.
- Lumineers may feel bulkier than veneers.
- Lumineers are reversible.
- Lumineers can be placed in 1 appointment.
Don’t worry, your cosmetic dentist will help you make the best choice for a long-term investment. Schedule your consultation today to begin your journey to a confident smile.
About Dr. Jeffrey Sprout
Dr. Sprout earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry before completing continuing education in advanced services, like dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.