Differences Between Veneers and Lumineers
There are some significant distinctions between veneers and Lumineers, despite the fact that they are both used to treat the same issues. To begin with, Lumineers are much thinner than porcelain veneers. Lumineers are about half the thickness of porcelain veneers, which are about 0.5 mm thick. That may not seem like much, but it makes a significant difference when it comes to putting them into practice.
Due to the thickness of porcelain veneers, your dentist would need to extract some of your natural tooth material to make space for the veneer so that its surface is level with the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. The tooth material is gone for good until it’s removed, so you will always need a cover for that tooth (either a veneer or a composite covering). In a summary, veneers cannot be reversed.
Our dentists, on the other hand, do not need to remove tooth material to fit Lumineers to your teeth because they are so small. That means that if you change your mind later and want the Lumineer removed, you can do so. Lumineers are “reversible” since no tooth material is extracted.
What Do Patients Choose Between Lumineers and Veneers?
Many patients prefer Lumineers because they are smaller and seem more natural. Since the thin ceramic used in Lumineers is more transparent than the porcelain used in traditional veneers, it reflects light more like your natural teeth.
And that extra thinness has another benefit. You will not need anesthetic during your fitting because your dentist will not need to extract tooth content. To prevent pain and sensitivity, he/she typically numbs the tooth before scraping tooth material for porcelain veneers. To protect your tooth while you wait for your veneer to be prepared, you will need to wear a tooth-colored composite covering.
Which Last Longer Veneers or Lumineers?
Of course, just because Lumineers are lightweight does not mean they are not tough. Indeed, the material used in Lumineers is so durable that you can expect them to last up to 20 years. This is about twice as long as a typical porcelain veneer, and will most likely need to be replaced in a decade or so. Lumineers are more costly than conventional porcelain veneers, although the price gap has narrowed in recent years, so the difference is not as important as it once was.
Getting both Lumineers and porcelain veneers will help you appreciate a more beautiful smile by effectively fixing a variety of cosmetic issues and increased self-confidence too.