Veneers vs. Lumineers: How to Decide

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If you’re trying to make the decision between veneers vs. Lumineers, it makes sense to learn more about them. Both are designed to help you perfect your smile and hide imperfections like chipped teeth, missing teeth or discolored teeth. While the two are similar, there are some differences to consider when you choose between them. Working with your dentist is a good way to make the ideal choice for your smile. In the meantime, here’s what you should know about both options as you prepare to make your decision.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells or porcelain, which are placed over your existing teeth to hide stains, damaged and lost teeth. Before they can be applied, a thin layer of enamel is removed from your existing teeth and then the veneers are adhered to each tooth. Veneers are made individually for each of your teeth and are placed separately. The goal is to have a straight, white smile when you’re done.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are very similar to traditional veneers. They are both made from porcelain. They are designed to cover up dental imperfections, leaving you with an even, clean smile when they’re in place. The biggest difference between veneers and Lumineers is the thinness of the shell that’s attached to your teeth. They’re much thinner than traditional veneers, but are strong and durable, making them a permanent solution. But, since they’re so thin, they can usually be placed on your teeth without having to remove any enamel. This is ideal because it limits the risk of damaging your existing teeth during placement. Some patients can wear trial Lumineers to be sure they like the look of the finished product, which is a definite perk.

Pros and Cons

As you make your decision, it makes sense to weigh the pros and cons of each choice so you can make the right one for your smile. Veneers do a better job of hiding stains and discoloration than Lumineers because they’re just a bit thicker. However, Lumineers don’t require as much preparation time before they can be placed. The cost of veneers and Lumineers is similar, but Lumineers are often not covered by insurance since they’re a cosmetic treatment, though Lumineers tend to cost less than veneers. Traditional veneers tend to last longer than Lumineers, though both will need to be replaced if they’re cracked or otherwise damaged.

How to Choose

Budget, the current state of your teeth and your end goal are big factors in making the choice between veneers and Lumineers. Working with your dentist can really help you make the right decision. It’s not something you should decide on right away. Think about it so that you don’t regret the decision you make.

When it comes to veneers vs. Lumineers, there are many things to consider and either treatment will require a bit of time and effort to complete. Once done, you’ll love the beautiful white teeth you have, and it will be worth the effort.

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