Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers®: Here’s What You Need To Know

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Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are two outstanding solutions you can use when fixing your smile. You can use these covers to conceal any cracks, chips, discolored spots, or any other problems you might have on your teeth. Our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 of Houston, TX provide both of these solutions to our patients.

These two treatments are similar for how they go in front of your teeth, but there are some noticeable differences to spot. Here’s a closer look at how these two veneer choices work.

About porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are covers that go over your teeth. A veneer features a sturdy material similar to the natural enamel in your teeth. It will be shaped to go over the tooth, as a dentist can complete an impression of your smile and find a suitable shape for the veneer.

A dentist can apply a veneer over a tooth by first trimming a small portion of the enamel from the front of the tooth. The dentist will then apply dental adhesive and cement to the area, creating a space where the veneer will appear. The veneer affixes to this part of the tooth at the end.

About Lumineers

Lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers, but the main difference is that a Lumineer requires no preparation. A Lumineer features a thin laminate material that is shaped and colored to fit your smile. A dentist can prepare an impression of your mouth and then create a Lumineer that fits well.

The Lumineer can go over the tooth with no grinding necessary. The natural enamel on your tooth will remain preserved, meaning the Lumineer can safely go over the tooth and be removed if necessary.

The main differences between the two

Our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 of Houston, TX provide both these veneer options, although there are some essential differences to spot with these two treatments. First, a porcelain veneer can last longer than a Lumineer. A porcelain veneer can last for about ten to twenty years on average, while a Lumineer can work for up to ten years in most situations.

Both of these veneers will feel natural in your mouth. But the added trimming necessary for a porcelain veneer makes it easier for you to get used to in less time.

Veneers are opaque and do well in covering your natural tooth surface. The thicker design of the veneer ensures imperfection on your tooth can be covered well. Lumineers are slightly translucent, so some parts of the underlying tooth may still be visible.

Lumineers do not require trimming, as they can be removed if necessary. The process of getting them ready is easier than that of veneers, which require extensive precision. Veneers are also permanent and are hard to remove without potentially trimming even more enamel from the teeth.

Let us help you find the right choice for you

Every patient in the Houston area will have unique needs for veneers. You can trust us at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 of Houston, TX when you’re looking for porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Our team approach can help you find the right solution while accurately preparing sturdy veneers that will last for years. Visit our office on the West Sam Houston Parkway in Houston today to learn more about our work and how we can help.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.

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