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Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers: What's the Difference

Last updated 2 years ago


If you’re considering improving your smile with veneers, both porcelain veneers and Lumineers can be used to correct similar conditions. Keep reading to find out more about the differences between these two options.


Porcelain Veneers

Pressed porcelain veneers are wafer-thin porcelain overlays that are customized to fit over and are bonded permanently to your teeth by your dentist. They are made from layers of porcelain carefully built up to mimic the look and feel of real teeth. When you receive porcelain veneers, your teeth will need to be ground down or reshaped to facilitate the bonding of the veneers to your teeth, which often requires localized numbing to avoid pain during the procedure.


Lumineers are very similar to porcelain veneers, and can be used to correct similar cosmetic issues. They are thinner, however, and can be bonded to teeth with minimal—and often no—removal of the existing tooth enamel. This means no grinding down of healthy tooth structure and no numbing during the process, which is quick and easy and very seldom involves complications.


Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are designed to correct issues such as discoloration, gaps, and chipped or broken teeth. They are both stain proof, durable, and permanently bonded to your teeth. The differences lie in the fact that while Lumineers are thinner and require no removal of existing tooth enamel, they are not ideal for extreme cosmetic changes. Lumineers add thickness to the teeth, meaning they are great in cases of chipped or worn teeth, but may push your lips slightly outward if you choose to cover every tooth. Porcelain veneers require more time spent in the dentist’s chair, but are more lifelike and better-suited to correcting major issues and create a better overall improvement in your smile if you want a dramatic cosmetic overhaul.

Dr. Michael J. Wei is one of Manhattan’s top cosmetic dentists, improving smiles for better health and confidence. If you’re considering veneers for a brighter, straighter smile, check out your options on our website or call (212) 982-4080 today.


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