Dental Veneers vs. Lumineers: What’s the Difference?


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These are two commonly confused dental treatments, and understandably so. Veneers and lumineers do have a few similarities, and are used for the same purpose. However, it is important to know the difference in order to make an informed decision about which one is better for your situation. We will consider the uses as well as the benefits of each treatment.

Who Should Get Lumineers or Veneers?

These products are both used for the same purpose: correcting imperfections in a person’s teeth. If teeth are damaged, crooked, short, or in another way do not match the teeth around them, veneers and lumineers are ways to make a smile symmetrical and more visually appealing. So which one is right for you?

Benfits of Veneers

Some refer to veneers as porcelain veneers, but this is merely one type and composite veneers are also available.

Veneer Pros:

– Aesthetic Appeal – This is a great way to even out your smile and create a more aesthetic appearance.

– Natural Coloration – Veneers can be color matched to the rest of your teeth providing a natural appearance without the need to cover every single tooth.

– Strength – Composite veneers are extremely strong and can last for 20 years if cared for well.

Stain Resistant – Porcelain veneers will actually resist stains better than your natural tooth

enamel, so you can drink your coffee, tea, and wine without regrets.

Who Should Get Veneers?

– If you grind your teeth composite veneers are the right choice for you.

– Veneers are the right option for those seeking a permanent cosmetic solution.

– If a tooth is misshapen or discolored and you want all of your teeth to match.

Benefits of Lumineers

Lumineers are another way to instantly improve your smile. Consider the following benefits.

Lumineer Pros:

– Reversible Procedure – If you ever decide that you no longer want lumineers, you can go back to your regular teeth. This is the primary advantage of lumineers over veneers.

– A Perfect Fit – There is no need for any drilling or numbing. Lumineers are painless.

Who Should Get Lumineers?

– Those who do not want their cosmetic dentistry to be irreversible.

– Individuals with slightly extra space between their teeth since lumineers add a very thin layer to the teeth.

Veneers and Lumineers are two great ways to spruce up a smile. Your dentist can help you determine which is better suited to your needs.

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Veneers and lumineers do have a few similarities, and are used for the same purpose. However, it is important to know the difference in order to make an informed decision about which one is better for your situation.

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Dan Kelliher
Dan Kelliher

Dr. Dan Kelliher is an award winning cosmetic, dental implant and smile makeover dentist in Fairfax Virginia. For more information on Dr. Kelliher, visit www.fairfaxvirginiacosmeticdentist.com.

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