Many patients want to know how exactly porcelain veneers and Lumineers differ. They seem to serve the same purpose, after all. However, there are significant differences between these two procedures. While on the surface they appear similar, they differ in terms of candidacy, what types of dental problems they can solve, durability, and more.
Dr. Ryan Clancy has over a decade of experience in cosmetic dentistry, and has an eye for quality. Patient satisfaction is his top concern, and as such, he will honestly assess what type of treatment you need and work with you to create a custom treatment plan to get you the best results. If you are interested in porcelain veneers or Lumineers, call Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today at (781) 396-8558 to schedule your consultation.
What Is a Cosmetic Veneer?
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both thin sheets of dental porcelain placed on the front of a tooth in order to disguise imperfections and create a more beautiful smile. Veneers are a good choice for patients who have generally healthy teeth but want to correct concerns such as:
- Severe discoloration
- Chips or cracks
- Mild to moderate crookedness or gapping
- Uneven teeth
Porcelain veneers are thicker and more durable, and in some cases can restore strength and functionality to a tooth. Lumineers, on the other hand, are a little thinner. This provides a benefit in that they can be placed with minimal preparation of the tooth beforehand, but the trade-off is that they are not as durable and cannot correct as wide a range of concerns.
In addition, while Lumineers are thin, they still take up space in the mouth and might feel bulky since less natural tooth enamel is removed. Porcelain veneers are custom-fit to your teeth for a seamless and comfortable feel.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers
In general, Dr. Clancy recommends porcelain veneers over Lumineers. The cost of both procedures is approximately the same, but Dr. Clancy prefers porcelain veneers because they:
- Are more durable
- Feel better in the mouth
- Can be custom-fit
- Look more natural
- Are longer-lasting
While many patients have a positive experience with Lumineers, many also complain of their teeth looking much more prominent and an uncomfortable bulky feeling in the mouth. In addition, Lumineers are more prone to falling off or cracking. Plus, if you have a strong or heavy bite, Lumineers will likely not work for you.
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both completed over the course of multiple visits. Porcelain veneers do require some of your natural tooth enamel to be removed, while Lumineers do not always require this. However, unless you have naturally short teeth, it is likely that your natural teeth will need to be shortened for Lumineers.
In the end, when you are choosing between porcelain veneers or Lumineers, you should always make sure to visit an experienced and compassionate cosmetic dentist who will treat you as an individual and give you honest recommendations. Your dentist should also be willing to stick with you through the long run and address any concerns you may have.
Dr. Clancy understands that life happens, and he offers a 5-year guarantee on porcelain veneers. If your veneers are damaged through no fault of your own within 5 years, he will replace them for free.