The Difference Between Veneers & Lumineers

Many dental patients and professionals have been discussing and debating the function and appearance of porcelain veneers versus Lumineers. By providing information about both services, Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care hopes to offer the best cosmetic dental services in Los Angeles and Burbank for all patients wishing to improve oral care.

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash provides patients with cosmetic dentistry services such as veneer consultations and installations.

What are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers, also known as ceramic veneers, are thin layers of customized porcelain shells that fit snuggly over existing teeth to provide a brighter, straighter smile, and fix discolored teeth. Traditional veneers require more preparation as less than half a millimeter of the original tooth enamel is filed away. The small layer of surface enamel filed away is not enough to compromise the tooth structure or the overall health of the mouth and allows for the stronger bonding of the veneer to the existing tooth. Minor forms of anesthesia may be used in order to keep the patient comfortable through any drilling or filling. Traditional porcelain veneers are often a permanent solution with natural, yet dramatic results that patients desire.

How are Lumineers different from Veneers?

Lumineers, like veneers, cap an existing tooth to create the appearance of a fuller, brighter smile. No surface enamel is removed prior to Lumineer installation, meaning that no topical anesthesia or shots are needed for the procedure. The Lumineer is thinner than a porcelain veneer and is fastened to the tooth. Often times Lumineers may fall out and need to be replaced after wear. Lumineers must be installed by a Lumineer provider and dentist due to the precision needed for installation. Although Lumineers may appear to be an option for patients who wish to avoid filling teeth, Lumineers provide only temporary solutions and often look unsatisfactory with a transparency to the tooth underneath.

Why are Veneers preferred over Lumineers by most dentists?

Most dentists prefer porcelain or traditional veneers over Lumineers, which are not as durable or natural in appearance. Although professional dentists have to remove minimal amounts of surface enamel in order to install veneers, the permanent solution helps patients regain strength and security, while having a natural, brighter, and straighter smile.

What are the disadvantages of Lumineers?

Lumineers, if not installed properly and with precision, need upkeep or re-installation, which may be pricey. In addition, the unnatural material of Lumineers may cause irritation and swelling of the gums when installed.

Do teeth rot under veneers?

While there are various types of veneers, they are in general not directly related to cavities or tooth root, but it remains important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Your teeth, even with veneers, can still be affected by plaque or tartar. For additional treatment or cleanings to help maintain your oral health, continue to schedule appointments with our cosmetic dentist and team.

Porcelain Veneers are the right choice for patients who wish to:

  • Secure durable veneers
  • Create a more natural and fuller smile
  • Straighten the appearance of teeth
  • Brighten a smile

For more information, please feel free to explore the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE for more information regarding cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Ash is the founder of Studio Dental Care. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, followed by two General Residencies at New York-Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Hospital and the UCLA Sepulveda VA Hospital.

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