Traditional Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

At Red Bank Smiles, we offer several cosmetic dental procedures that can enhance your smile and keep it bright, beautiful and healthy. Dental veneers are thin shells of composite or ceramic material that are bonded to front teeth to cover imperfections such as stains, cracks, chips or gaps and give misshapen or misaligned teeth a straighter appearance.

Veneers vs. Lumineers—What’s the difference?

Although both traditional veneers and Lumineers are both used for the same purpose, Lumineers are thinner (about 0.2 mm vs. 0.5), and typically require less removal of tooth structure and no local anesthesia. Because Lumineers are highly translucent and thinner than traditional ceramic veneers, they are not appropriate for everyone. Lumineers will not mask darkly stained or discolored teeth. If you have crowded teeth, existing restorations or deep staining, traditional veneers may work better for you.

Both traditional veneers and Lumineers can:
  • Improve the appearance of crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Give you a whiter, brighter smile
  • Hide cracks, chips and discolorations
  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Create a straight, seamless, beautiful smile

Veneers vs. Lumineers Procedure

Both options are made of a thin layer of porcelain, have a natural appearance and are strong, durable, stain-resistant and easy to maintain. However, the procedure for placing each type of veneer is different. Traditional porcelain veneers may require local anesthesia, removal of tooth structure and reshaping of the original tooth or teeth. Traditional veneers are not reversible.

The process for placing Lumineers is not as invasive. Lumineers can be bonded with taking away very little to no tooth enamel. Although Lumineers are much thinner, they may look and feel slightly bulkier when compared to traditional veneers. It also takes less time to place Lumineers, as the teeth do not need much preparation beforehand. Lumineers also are easier to remove if no enamel was removed during the original procedure.

When you come in for your initial consultation, our cosmetic dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, discuss your options and determine which cosmetic dental procedure will best meet your specific needs and the desired look you wish to achieve.

Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist In Red Bank, NJ

To learn more about traditional porcelain veneers vs. Lumineers or enhancing your smile with other cosmetic dental procedures we offer, contact us at Red Bank Smiles to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist today!

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