Both Lumineers and Veneers Explained By Our Orland Park Cosmetic Dentists

Written by Dr. Zaibak on Sep 22, 2015

Lumineers and veneers are two of the most popular cosmetic options available today. Although these two treatments are quite similar, there are some key differences between veneers and Lumineers. So, today, our Orland Park cosmetic dentists are going to be reviewing how Lumineers are veneers are distinguished from each other. Keep reading for more information!

Both Lumineers and veneers are individual cosmetic dental restorations. They are also both made of porcelain. Basically, our dentist can recover individual teeth with a Lumineer or veneers, so as to change the size, shape, luminosity and/or color of the patient’s tooth. Another similarity between Lumineers and veneers: they are both applied to the tooth and then remain in place 24/7.

Here are some key ways in which Lumineers and veneers differ:

1. Lumineers and veneers are made of slightly different kinds of porcelain. Specifically, Lumineers are crafted from Cerinate porcelain, which is known for its strength and stability.

2. Due to this slight difference in porcelain, Lumineers are made to be thinner than traditional veneers.

3. Consequently, when our dental team places Lumineers, we do not need to remove or thin out very much dental enamel. Due to the extra bulk of veneers, our dentist will need to shave away some dental enamel in order to make room for the veneer.

4. Because Lumineers require less enamel thinning, they are somewhat reversible. That is, the tooth under the Lumineer is healthy and intact enough to stand alone, if you ever choose to have your Lumineers removed. This is not the case for veneers.

These are some of the key factors that set Lumineers and veneers apart. Our dental team will be able to help you determine which of these treatments best suits your specific needs. So, give our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists a call when you are ready to schedule your cosmetic consultation!