If you are considering altering the appearance of your smile, you may be considering the difference between Lumineers and traditional veneers. Continue reading to learn the differences to help you decide between the two treatment methods.
What are Veneers?
Traditional veneers are usually made of porcelain or composite material. They are extremely durable and stain-resistant.
Once they have been placed, they can not be removed to reverse treatment. This is due to the nature of the preparation procedure, which requires a certain amount of tooth enamel to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
This can be beneficial, as it ensures the durability and permanence of the treatment, but there are instances in which this may be a drawback; if a patient decides to undergo dental veneer treatment, they can not change their mind and have the veneers removed.
Veneers can be used to correct gaps in the smile, discoloration or stains, minor misalignment issues, cracked or chipped teeth, or to completely change the look of the teeth.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are made up of a thin laminate material. They are not as durable or stain-resistant as traditional veneers, but they do have their own range of benefits that are strong attracting factors for many patients.
Unlike with traditional veneers, the patient has the ability to remove their Lumineers and reverse the treatment. This is thanks to the minimally invasive preparation procedure that does not require a considerable amount of tooth enamel to be removed.
Lumineers can be used to correct cracked or chipped teeth, gaps in the smile, and teeth that have become discolored. They can also be used to completely customize the look of the teeth.
Veneers Pros and Cons
- Extremely durable (permanently cemented)
- Long-lasting (can last decades when well-cared-for)
- Can be used for minor misalignment issues
- Not reversible
- Thicker than Lumineers
- Require more intensive preparation
- Lengthy preparation/application process
- May be more expensive than Lumineers
Lumineers Pros and Cons
- Thinner than traditional veneers
- Minimal to no prep required
- Easier to place
- Reversible treatment
- Quicker preparation and application time (usually only one or two visits needed)
- May be less expensive
- Not as durable as traditional veneers
- Do not typically last as long as veneers
- Not as stain-resistant
- A bit translucent (because of their thinness) and may not be an option for severely discolored or stained teeth
- Can not correct minor misalignment issues
To determine which option is best for you, it is best to consult your dentist, keeping your needs, wants, and budget in mind. Your trusted dental professional will be able to help you determine which treatment option is best for you.
Lumineers and Dental Veneers in Fairfax and Oakton
Here at Oakton Dental Center, we are proud to provide comprehensive cosmetic dental services in Oakton and the surrounding areas of Fairfax and Vienna. For more information about veneers and Lumineers in our Oakton dental office, feel free to contact us.
To get scheduled for cosmetic dental treatment in Fairfax, give us a call anytime at (703) 991-0029, or use our online appointment scheduler.