Veneers have been a key treatment in cosmetic dentistry for decades, but many patients are now opting for the new option with Lumineers. This latter option offers certain benefits over traditional veneers, but they also can be less desirable for some purposes. Understanding the differences between the two treatments can help patients make the right choice for their goals.
Veneers are thin tooth-colored shells made of porcelain or composite. While they are useful for covering imperfections involving color, structure or spacing, veneers do require removal of some enamel, making them irreversible. Whereas porcelain veneers cost more, require multiple visits and last longer, composite veneers are usually more affordable and faster to place.
Although they are similar to traditional veneers in their color, basic design and placement, Lumineers are thinner and are always made of porcelain. The lower profile of Lumineers means that little or no enamel needs to be filed away, so removal can be performed later on without problems. Although the increased translucency of Lumineers can make them more natural looking, they may be less effective for hiding very heavy discolorations.
With proper care, porcelain veneers and Lumineers can last longer than 20 years, while composite veneers may last for up to eight years. Patients can visit our porcelain veneers dentist in Beverly Hills for a consultation to learn more about how these treatments compare with each other.