Veneers vs. LumineersBarotz Dental | January 18, 2018
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. There are many ways in which teeth can be changed to achieve greater attractiveness, and with some procedures sounding incredibly similar, it is not always easy to identify the crucial differences between them.
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are often two of the most confused solutions in cosmetic dentistry, largely because they have many similarities, both in their design and in their function. Nevertheless, there are differences between them that may affect which is right for you.
The similarities between veneers and Lumineers
Both veneers and Lumineers have been designed with the purpose of correcting cosmetic imperfections on the outer enamel of the teeth. In addition to this, they are also used to address minor problems with the height and alignment of your natural teeth, as they can lengthen teeth that appear too short, and close small gaps between teeth.
Veneers and Lumineers can also reinforce the strength of the teeth, are resistant to staining and discoloration and are very natural in appearance, making your smile transformation extremely discreet.
The differences between veneers and Lumineers
Understanding the differences between veneers and Lumineers will make it easier for you to decide which of them is the most suitable for you.
Here are the key variations between these two, popular cosmetic dentistry solution.
The material used Regular dental veneers are available in two different materials. These are composite resin and porcelain. There is very little difference between the materials except that porcelain is considered to be more durable. However, Lumineers are only available in an ultra-thin porcelain.
Thickness At around just 0.2mm thick, Lumineers are about the same width as a contact lens - substantially thinner than conventional veneers. It is this thinness which contributes towards their incomparably natural appearance.
Convenience of fitting Unlike regular veneers, Lumineers are so thin that they do not require the existing enamel on the outside of your teeth to be filed down in order for them to look natural. This means that the process of fitting them is much shorter, and no anesthetic is required. The Lumineers are just bonded directly onto the outside of your teeth.
Reversible As there is no need to file down any of the natural enamel on the teeth, Lumineers are a completely reversible treatment. If you choose to, you can have them removed and be reassured that your teeth underneath are exactly as you left them.
Durability While with proper care and attention, regular veneers can last a patient for between 10 and 15 years, several studies have shown that Lumineers could have a longer lifespan, of up to 20 years. However, the longevity of any dental restoration will be largely dependent on maintaining a great oral hygiene routine and following the care instructions provided by your cosmetic dental surgeon.
Price point Most patients will agree that both veneers and Lumineers represent a great investment in your confidence and the appearance of your smile. Nevertheless, the cost of traditional veneers is usually slightly less, falling between $500 and $2000 per tooth. By comparison, you can expect to pay between $800 and $2500 per tooth for Lumineers.
If you have cosmetic issues with your teeth that are affecting your confidence, veneers or Lumineers could provide the perfect solution. Contact us and make an appointment with our preferred cosmetic dental surgeon to discuss your requirements and get started on your journey to a new and improved smile.