Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that our dentist at Dieterlen Dental attaches to the front of your teeth. They’re often placed to cover gaps in your smile or to correct the appearance of crooked, discolored, or otherwise visually marred teeth.
Lumineers, on the other hand, are a popular brand of veneers that are thinner than other types of veneers. They are often made of porcelain and can offer a quick solution when it comes to improving the appearance of your smile. Lumineers don’t require any tooth reduction. This means that Lumineers offer a permanent, yet minimally invasive, solution to a variety of dental problems.
When Should You Get Veneers or Lumineers?
Veneers are most often used for larger cosmetic concerns like cracks, chips, gaps, and stains. They’re also ideal for those who have enamel loss due to teeth grinding or acid reflux. In these cases, veneers are the best choice since they restore the full tooth front structure.
Lumineers, on the other hand, are better for minor cosmetic changes like minor crowding, misalignment, small chips, and stains. These issues don’t usually require full tooth structure restoration.
Which Is Better: Veneers or Lumineers?
Veneers and Lumineers are highly effective cosmetic treatments. They address cosmetic and minor structural issues such as chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. However, there are some significant distinctions between these two options.
Veneers typically require at least two dental appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Then, impressions will be made that will be used to create your veneers. This usually takes the dental lab about a week to complete.
For Lumineers, the dentist will clean your teeth and then take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where your Lumineers will be custom-made. Once your Lumineers are complete, you’ll return for a second appointment. During that appointment, your dentist will place the Lumineers over your teeth and you will have a brand-new smile!
Lumineers and veneers are both made from high-quality dental porcelain. This material is highly stain-resistant, durable, and strong. It can resist chipping and cracking, and your dental veneers will last for many years.
Veneers are custom-designed to perfectly match your natural teeth. This means the color, shape, and size of the veneers are all made specifically to match your teeth. Lumineers are a bit more limited in their customization. They are available in a few set sizes and can’t be adjusted to be smaller. They also only come in one shade of white.
Advantages of Lumineers and Veneers
Patients who get traditional dentures usually complain of discomfort, slippage, and an unnatural look. They also struggle with eating and speaking due to the dentures moving around in their mouth.
Lumineers and veneers are placed over the front surface of the teeth and can address aesthetic flaws, gaps, and misalignment without surgery. Patients don’t have to experience any discomfort or pain that comes with grinding off significant portions of the enamel or other invasive procedures.
Many of the same dental problems can be treated with veneers and Lumineers. They are, however, slightly different. To learn more, visit Dieterlen Dental at 3015 E. 91st Street, Tulsa, OK 74137, or call (918) 299-2400.