Your smile is a very important boost of confidence. It helps a lot in building relationships and making your day better. When you go to a cosmetic dentist hoping to restore your perfect smile, you may face a tough question—veneers or Lumineers?
Dental veneers and Lumineers are both custom-made layers used to cover the visible part of teeth. Their function is to correct the size, shape, and shading of the teeth to improve their aesthetics. However, many people do not know about the difference between the two and which procedure is more appropriate for them. Below is a comparison of how both procedures are done and which can achieve better effects.
How do they work?
Dental veneers are bonded permanently to the teeth. They are a minimum of 0.5 mm thick layers usually made of porcelain or hybrid ceramic-composite materials. Before they are placed on the teeth, they require preparation of the teeth involved to make room for the bulk which would be added to the teeth as they are attached.
On the other hand, Lumineers generally are a reversible process. It is sometimes referred to as ultra-thin or no-prep veneers with thickness ranging from 0.2 to 0.3 mm. Lumineers is originally a brand name of an ultra-thin prep-less veneer product. However, this procedure has developed into its own, separate technique. Many people have referred to all ultra-thin veneer products as Lumineers. Lumineers do not require preparing of the underlying tooth structure, so there is no need for anesthesia. It does not change the structure of the teeth and is considered non-invasive dentistry.
Are they natural looking?
When it comes to the smile quality, veneers are more natural-looking. Due to the preparation of the teeth, the veneers fit more snugly to the teeth with no extra bulk added in (unless that is part of the required result). The color is also more natural. What matters to the teeth is not just the whiteness but the translucency—which gives the teeth their lustrous look. Both veneers and Lumineers are made with translucency in mind. But comparing the two, Lumineers are sometimes slightly more opaque.
The no-prep, pain-less process of putting in Lumineers, comes with a certain price. A 0.3 mm size seems very thin, but when it is added to the teeth, it can look a little thick than natural teeth. Lumineers are also slightly more opaque. This is because they can not cover stains and discolorations properly if they are too translucent.
Both veneers and Lumineers are good choices of cosmetic dentistry techniques. Lumineers are more attractive for dental-phobic patients who are fearful of having dental work performed. Since no tooth structure is trimmed, it is relatively a more comfortable process with no post-operative pain or discomfort. Lumineers are best used to making minor changes and enhancements for your teeth such as closing spaces, minor alignments and shade changes.
The slightly thicker dental veneers offer more opportunity to incorporate characterization and shading qualities into the veneer itself to mimic the life-like characteristics of the teeth. Taking into account that anesthetic is required for treatment as the teeth will have to be prepared/shaped and thus this is an irreversible process.
When choosing between cosmetic dentistry options, you should make sure to explore your options and feel as comfortable with your choice as possible. To find out more about porcelain veneers versus Lumineers, please visit our Scottsdale office or give us a call at (480)991-2290.