Traditional Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers : What’s the Difference?

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

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Posted: June 10, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered how to transform your smile into your dream smile, you've probably found that there are a lot of options. Two main options that can help brighten your smile are porcelain veneers or Lumineers®.

They are both an “overlay” dental procedure that covers your existing teeth to give you a more uniform and brighter smile.  Even though they both solve the same problem, there are distinct structural differences between porcelain veneers and Lumineers®. These differences are important to understand when deciding how they can help you achieve your dental goals. 

If you’re looking to find a Boston cosmetic dentist that can help you determine what’s right for you,  Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry can help.

Main Differences between Veneers and Lumineers®

Porcelain Veneers are slightly thicker than Lumineers® which means they are more durable and able to cover prominent teeth discoloring. Both options can help to cover up teeth that are chipped, cracked, missing, or smaller than their surrounding teeth.

Porcelain veneers are very thin and are bonded to existing teeth. They create a permanent solution to the dental issues you would like to aesthetic dental issues. Lumineers are a thinner option that porcelain veneers and, because of this, are often the preferred choice of cosmetic dentists.

Lumineers® require very little reshaping of your original teeth compared to porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers maintain their bright white color longer and are a long term solution compared to Lumineers®.

In order to determine if you'd be right for Lumineers® or porcelain veneers, our team would first evaluate your mouth's overall health and determine if you have anything that would need be addressed first like gum disease.

If you're ready to find out if you'd be a good candidate for porcelain veneers or Lumineers®, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry. We serve patients in Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding areas. Please call us at 781-396-8558.