How Do Lumineers and Veneers Differ?

lumineersBoth traditional veneers and Lumineers have been designed to correct minor imperfections and improve the aesthetics of the existing dentition. As the technology advances, new and enhanced methods of smile beautification have been developed including Lumineers.

Traditional veneers are often chosen by patients and recommended by dentists when multiple dental issues are of concern. Minor fractures, extensive staining, diastemas (spaces between teeth) all can be corrected with traditionally manufactured veneers. Although the process is irreversible, it is an excellent alternative to more expensive crowns and lengthy orthodontic therapies.

Benefits of Traditional Veneers

• This method has a proven history of great results and long-term success.
• They are less costly than new methods of veneer placement.
• Hard porcelain material of properly chosen thickness assures durability and sturdiness.
• The thickness of the porcelain hides minor imperfections.
• They can greatly improve the functionality of the mouth as well as add to the visual value of the smile line.

Disadvantages of Traditional Veneers

• Patient must be anesthetized.
• Several appointments may be required.
• A significant reduction of tooth structure may be applicable if the patient presents with multiple tooth discrepancies.
• Transient acrylic veneers may be necessary in between the visits.

The Lumineers are typically suggested for patients who express their desire for smile improvement. Because this type of covering is ultra-thin, it offers only minimal functional value. The procedure is considered strictly cosmetic. However, it can significantly impact the patient’s self-esteem in a positive way.


Benefits of Lumineers

• The technique allows for application of paper-thin laminates.
• Lumineers are digitally designed. There is no need for additional impressions taken in the patient’s mouth.
• There is only minimal reduction of tooth structure involved.
• Most patients do not need local anesthesia.
• They can be fabricated within a short period of time.
• There is no need for temporary exterior coverings.
• The patient can preview their new smile with digital technology.

Disadvantages of Lumineers

• The cost is higher than traditional veneers.
• They may fracture more easily.
• The thinness of the porcelain may not sufficiently cover the stains and discolorations underneath.

Both Lumineers and veneers are considered as more valuable alternatives to any composite restorations. They both offer color stability. The issue is especially important for patients who have experienced significant intrinsic and extrinsic staining for most of their lives. As the porcelain material does not absorb any staining from foods, beverages or smoking. Either of these two methods of smile enhancement is worth consideration. An experienced cosmetic dental provider will help you decide which is best for you.

Neither Lumineers nor traditional veneers are recommended for people with excessive spacing between their teeth or insufficient tooth structure. Large fractures will disqualify the patient from receiving a veneer but may qualify them for placement of a crown. In addition, patients who exhibit signs of parafunctional habits, such as grinding or clenching, will also not be considered as good candidates for veneers. Lastly, patients with severely crowded or mal-positioned dentition may be offered options other than a veneer application.

The patient’s oral habits will play a major role in the decision-making process. Impeccable care at home will be expected from all potential recipients of Lumineers or traditional veneers.