Difference between Lumineers and Veneers

Updated on February 15, 2018

With the right amount of cash (or a good dental plan), it’s easy to flash those pearly whites just like Hollywood celebrities do. Veneers and Lumineers can help the common folks achieve such ends. This article aims to highlight the differences between the two.


A Lumineers porcelain veneer is bonded to the tooth’s surface

Lumineers is a popular brand of porcelain veneer used to aesthetically improve a person’s smile as well to protect the tooth’s surface. It is a thin layer of material made of porcelain applied on the surface of the tooth, hiding its imperfections and providing a layer of protection.

Lumineers are ultra-thin and can be made no thicker than a wafer. Despite being thin, Lumineers are known for being very durable. The porcelain veneer can be bonded to the surface of the tooth without significantly increasing its size. This unique feature makes Lumineers a convenient choice for many people. The procedure is typically painless as anesthetics are not required. The pre-operation work is minimal – no drills are needed and no temporaries are required. However, dentists do not recommend Lumineers in all cases. Most dentists agree that Lumineers are best used as a simple dental upgrade or enhancement.

Veneers work best on teeth gaps

Veneers are dental enhancements placed on a tooth’s surface to improve its appearance and serve as a protective shield against surface damage. Veneers can either be made of dental composite resins or dental porcelain. Composite veneer is usually built-up in the mouth or it may be fabricated then bonded to the tooth with resin cement. Porcelain veneer can only be fabricated then bonded to the tooth.

Veneers can be obtained only by prescription from a dentist. Dentists usually use veneer to correct tooth imperfections caused by fractures, chipping, and discoloration. In most cases, veneers can hide multiple tooth occurrences. Veneers are used in cases where teeth have been worn away at the edges. It is applied to crooked or malpositioned teeth. Orthodontic procedures can correct gaps in between teeth and discolored fillings but applying veneer is often a faster option. Veneers offer a natural look and high level of resistance to wear and discoloration.

Using conventional veneers requires reshaping the tooth. A dentist will need to remove approximately 5 mm off the surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer. This is done to avoid an awkward and bulky look when the veneer is applied. The procedure also removes the tooth’s natural enamel and leaves the tooth without protection should the veneer be removed.

Lumineers vs Veneers

So, what’s the difference between Lumineers and veneers? Lumineers is popular dental veneer. It is an ultra-thin (.3 mm to .5 mm) veneer made of porcelain. A veneer is a dental enhancer often associated with conventional dental veneer procedures. Veneers can either be made of composite dental resin or porcelain. Lumineers are usually bonded to the tooth; thus, little to no pre-operation procedures are required. Conventional veneers usually require pre-operation works such as removing 5 mm off the tooth’s surface. Lumineers are often used in simple enhancements and dental upgrades.

Comparison Chart

A popular veneer brand made of porcelainA dental enhancer made of composite dental resin or porcelain
.3 mm to .5 mm thin.5 mm or thicker
No pre-operation procedure requiredDentists will need to remove about 5 mm off the tooth’s surface.
$800 to $2,000 per tooth$500 to $1,900 per tooth
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