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Lumineers versus Dental Veneer: Which one is better?

Dental veneers can rejuvenate your smile by covering and concealing a wide array of cosmetic concerns. Whether you have cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or mild tooth misalignment, dentists offer a variety of dental veneer options that can give you a more vibrant and youthful smile.

Veneers are a treatment option dentists use to cover discolored or broken teeth so they appear glossy and white.Traditionally, veneers are made of porcelain material and require significant preparation to get your teeth ready for application. A different type of veneer, called Lumineers, are a brand of veneer only offered by some dentists. Since there are so many types of veneers to choose from, dentists use the initial consultation process as a time to help you explore your options and make a well-informed decision. this article will review the differences between traditional porcelain veneers and “no prep” veneers like Lumineers, so you can better understand the pros and cons of each.

All about veneers

All about veneers

Veneers are cosmetic coatings for your natural teeth. Standard porcelain veneers are a durable tooth restoration that can conceal tooth imperfections while simultaneously giving you a natural-looking smile. Composed of a high-quality ceramic and hand-layered porcelain, each veneer is custom-made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers often require only minimal preparation for the tooth so that the majority of your tooth’s natural structure can be preserved.

Resistant to staining

They’re what you might imagine “perfect” teeth to look like: bright, white, and glossy. Since they’re not porous like tooth enamel, they’re more resistant to staining. However, the edges of the veneer, where it meets the tooth, may stain after 5 or more years.

Well suited to broken or severely stained teeth

Veneers are most appropriate in cases where teeth appear to be yellowed or brown, or showing signs of decay or staining, that are hard to cover up. Broken or chipped teeth, smaller than average teeth, and unusually shaped teeth become invisible behind traditional veneers.

Lengthy prep and application process

Lengthy prep and application process

Veneers are applied in a multistep process that’s customized to the treatment you need.

After a consultation, your dentist will grind down the surface of your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. The teeth need to be made thinner so the veneers will fit in your mouth.

Your dentist will then make a mold of your prepared teeth and make you temporary acrylic veneers. A dental laboratory will fabricate a custom set of porcelain veneers from the mold.

Veneers take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be made and sent back to the dentist. This initial appointment may take several hours, depending on how many teeth are being treated. Once the veneers are back from the lab, your dentist will then cement the veneers to your prepared teeth using a special bonding solution.

They’re permanent

After you get veneers, your natural tooth enamel is compromised, which is why some people say there’s “no turning back” after getting traditional veneers.

Veneers can also make it harder to reach your gum line when you clean your teeth. That could put you at higher risk for gum disease.

Last approximately 8 to 10 years

Traditional veneers can last 8 to 10 years on average, with high success rates up to 20 years. They may last longer if well taken care of.

All about Lumineers

All about Lumineers

you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in less time and with far more comfort than you ever imagined. Lumineers are digitally designed to be ultra-thin (about as thin as a contact lens), so they can be applied seamlessly over your teeth to deliver a natural looking smile. That’s why Lumineers is the #1 patient-requested veneer system in the world.

A Lumineer is a particular brand of porcelain veneer that has a couple of unique advantages. With all the same benefits as standard porcelain veneers, Lumineers often require zero tooth preparation, preserving the entirety of your natural tooth. In addition, Lumineers are composed of Cerinate ceramic, which is an even thinner material that can eliminate the need for drilling or injections – all without compromising the durability of your restoration.

More translucent than veneers

Like traditional veneers, dentists use Lumineers to treat discolored and unusually shaped teeth. They’re smooth and slick to the touch.

Lumineers are thinner and a bit more translucent than traditional porcelain veneers. For this reason, they’re not a good option for people with severely discolored teeth.

No teeth grinding needed

Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers, so you don’t have to grind your teeth to thin them before application. Your dentist will have a customized set of Lumineers made for your specific treatment needs.

Shorter prep and application process

Shorter prep and application process

You’ll still require at least two appointments after your initial consult. The first appointment will be shorter because your dentist doesn’t need to trim or “prep” your teeth. They only need to take an impression or mold.

The mold is then sent to a DenMat dental laboratory. Your customized Lumineers will be ready in about 2 to 4 weeks.

Unlike traditional veneers, you don’t need temporary veneers to be put on while you’re waiting for your custom Lumineers. Once they’re ready, you’ll set up a second appointment where your dentist will bond them to your teeth.

They’re semipermanent

Unlike veneers, Lumineers are semipermanent. After application, they can be removed with minimal damage to your teeth.

Similar to veneers, Lumineers can make it harder to clean around your gum line. This can increase your risk for gum disease.

Last between 10 and 20 years

The manufacturers of Lumineers claim they last for up to 20 years. Other sources report these types of veneers only last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Less long-term studies have been conducted on the life span of Lumineers.

What Are the Main Differences Between Lumineers and Veneers?

Although Lumineers and veneers can both improve your smile by hiding dental flaws, they differ in procedure and how they affect the state of the original tooth. Before you sign up for either procedure, you should review your options. This part provided some basic similarities and differences below, but if you’re interested in veneers or Lumineers, be sure to consult with a dental professional before you decide which option is right for you. Every person’s teeth are different, and you need to have a personalized consultation before you undergo a drastic procedure.



Both Lumineers and porcelain veneers can be really effective in correcting a lot of cosmetic issues, and both can help you enjoy a more beautiful smile (and increased confidence too).

  • Both options can improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth.
  • Both options can give you a whiter, brighter smile.
  • Both options can hide a cracked or chipped tooth.
  • Both options can cover gaps between teeth.
  • Both options are comfortable and have a natural appearance.
  • Both options are formed from a thin layer of porcelain.
  • Both options are strong, durable, and easy to maintain.
  • Both options will not stain or change color with time.
  • Both options are custom-made to create a seamless smile.



Although both veneers and Lumineers are used to treat the same issues, there are some big differences.

  • Veneersrequire some removal and reshaping of the original tooth (or teeth). To create a natural appearance that isn’t bulky or overly large, the dentist will remove about 5mm from the tooth’s surface. Enamel is removed, leaving the tooth unprotected until the veneer is applied. So if the veneer needs to be removed in the future, the tooth will be unprotected once more. As a long-term solution, this permanent removal of enamel may be concerning to some patients. Veneers can be placed in about two visits.
  • Lumineersprovide the same function as porcelain veneers, but they are not as invasive. The original tooth is left unchanged and the enamel is not damaged, which some patients prefer as a long-term solution. To achieve this, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers (they’re about as thick as a contact lens), but they’re still strong and durable. However, they may look and feel slightly bulkier when compared to veneers. Because of this, it is important that you choose an experienced dentist if you want a flawless, natural smile with Lumineers. Finally, Lumineers are quicker to apply than veneers because the teeth are not shaved down beforehand.

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