You may be looking at cosmetic dental options if you are suffering from crooked, chipped, or discolored teeth. If this is true for you, then it is likely that you have discovered veneers and Lumineers as the most effective measures for correcting this issue. But, what exactly is the difference between these two similar products?
The main difference between veneers and Lumineers is the level of preparation that is required with each product. Both products are super thin porcelain shells that are affixed to your natural teeth, but only veneers require the removal of your natural enamel in order to be placed. Usually about a half a millimeter is the amount of enamel that needs to be shaved away in order to place the veneers. That amount is about the size of the veneer itself. If the enamel was not removed, they can make the teeth appear too bulky. Because Lumineers are made of a special kind of porcelain, they are actually slightly thinner than veneers. Due to their thinner nature, there is no need for enamel to be removed from your teeth in order to place Lumineers. Our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist usually advises patients that, if they are fit with veneers, then there is no turning back. Even if the veneers are removed, your enamel will still be shaved away and will then be in danger of damage. Placing new veneers will then become necessary. With Lumineers, you can have them removed at any time if you desire, with no lasting effects to your enamel.
If you are interested in learning whether Lumineers are the right option for you, contact our expert in Lumineers in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.