What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers are actually a specific brand of veneers.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you may already be aware that veneers can help. When applied by a skilled cosmetic dentist, veneers can cover up a variety of imperfections, such as:
- Worn or uneven teeth
- Oddly sized teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
However, you may not realize that deciding to get veneers is actually just the first decision you will need to make. You will also need to choose a brand of veneers, as well as the material the veneers are made from and the size, shape, and color of veneer that will look most natural in your smile.
This is where Lumineers come in.
What Are Lumineers?
Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers that is actually very popular among individuals who want to perfect their smiles. The main difference between a Lumineer and a traditional veneer is the thickness of the veneer. With most veneers, a bit of the tooth structure must be removed in order to accommodate the thickness of the veneer and avoid having the veneer stick out too much. Because Lumineers are very thin, most people do not actually need to have any tooth structure removed. This lowers the cost of the procedure and makes it less invasive.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Choose Lumineers?
Given the advantages of Lumineers, you might wonder why anyone ever chooses other products. The answer is that Lumineers are not appropriate for every patient. One thing that Lumineers often cannot correct is significant staining of the teeth. In this situation the very thinness that normally makes Lumineers appealing actually becomes a liability, as the stain may show through the veneer to some degree, resulting in a dingy look for your smile.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Getting Veneers?
Whether you choose Lumineers or a different product, you can expect your veneers to last for up to 20 years. Of course the actual life of your veneers will depend on how well you take care of your teeth.
Though the veneers themselves are typically made of porcelain and are therefore impervious to stains and decay, the teeth behind them are not. You still need to brush and floss regularly in order to prevent tooth decay from attacking the backs and sides of your teeth. If cavities are found and corrected quickly, it should be possible to avoid compromising the integrity of the veneer. But if decay is allowed to spread, your entire tooth including the veneer could break.
If you would like to learn more about veneers, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our skilled cosmetic dentists today.