Having a beautiful smile can improve life on several different levels. While it may seem that some are lucky enough to have a beautiful smile naturally, this isn’t usually the case. Every smile needs a helping hand to bring it to its peak, and this is where dental veneers and dental Lumineers have found themselves at the heart of a lot of conversations.
While dental veneers have been around since the 1920s and are considered to be the original way for actors and actresses to have that “million-dollar smile,” Lumineers have recently come to the market and stirred up the dust on their own. This has left many of our patients wondering which one is the best when it comes to obtaining the smile that they can be proud of.
When our patients want answers, we deliver them, and this guide is our way of doing so in this case. We will provide you with a professional overview of each option. After giving it a read, you should be able to easily see what steps you need to take to get the smile only celebrities used to be able to embrace.
What are Lumineers?
Dental Lumineers are a thinner alternative to porcelain veneers, and they cover the surface of a tooth to help eliminate gaps between teeth, discoloration, and chips. They’ve been coined with the name “no-prep veneers” as they don’t require preparation like porcelain veneers.
They claim that dental Lumineers can last for up to 20 years, but we have noticed that in most cases they will last only up to 10 years. This means that you could be forced to replace them sooner than you would if you were to embrace traditional porcelain veneers.
What to Expect When Getting Lumineers
Below you’ll see the process of getting Lumineers so that you can know what to expect should you decide to go this route for tooth restoration.
- During the first appointment, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth receiving a Lumineer and it will be sent to a DenMat laboratory to be made.
- Once the dental Lumineer makes its way back to your local dental office, your dentist will place it and make sure that it is bonded securely.
The whole process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks in all and there is no temporary dental Lumineer that can be placed while you wait on the lab to make yours.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain designed to fit over your tooth to hide any cosmetic flaws that may have come to the surface over time. It’s the original way to restore your teeth without having to undergo more invasive tooth restoration methods.
When you only have minor cosmetic flaws, this is a great option but it also one that comes with a significant cost. Don’t let that sway your opinion though, as it could produce results that end up saving you a lot of money and disappointment in the long run.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Veneers
The process is simple, and it’s also one that has been made even more comfortable over the years. Here is a look at what to expect when getting dental veneers.
- During the first appointment, your dentist will carefully remove the needed amount of enamel to ensure that your dental veneers have a chance to bond properly for the long-term. An impression of the tooth (or teeth) is made and sent off to the lab that will be making it.
- If a temporary dental veneer is needed, your dentist will place it so that you can embrace a better smile while you wait on your permanent dental veneer to be made and make its way back to the office of your local dentist.
- Upon arrival, your dentist will remove the temporary veneer and secure the permanent one with a special adhesive that is hardened through the use of ultraviolet light. This is when your dentist will also make sure that it’s just the right fit that will last you for many years to come.
Dental Lumineers Cost VS Dental Veneers Cost
Dental Lumineers used to be a lot more expensive than dental veneers, but they have gotten to a point where the price is just about the same. You can get dental veneers for $800-$1,000 and Lumineers are also within that price range as well.
As far as quality is concerned, traditional dental veneers can cover up a lot more when it comes to stains/discoloration that may have plagued your teeth. Not to mention, being thicker also provides it with more versatility than Lumineers. If you want the soundest solution, it only makes sense to go the traditional route unless you don’t want to undergo the prep process that veneers come with.
Which lasts longer, Veneers or Lumineers?
Through our experience (and the experience of other dentists), it has become quite clear that even though dental lumineers CLAIM to last upwards of 20 years, this is not the case. Traditional porcelain veneers have proven time and time again that they can outlast Lumineers.
Veneers VS Lumineers – The Ultimate Dental Showdown
These are the two most popular ways to cosmetically restore teeth today, and it’s only right to see which one prevails as the best of them all. First, let’s look at Lumineers, they are reversible but at the same time, it is not the best option if you want a solution that will last for many years to come. Expect to have them replaced after 10 years even though you paid the same price that you would have paid for veneers.
However, dental veneers are very durable and great for those who need to correct minor cosmetic flaws. We have also seen a lot of success with patients who decided to use this as their way to restore their beautiful smile. The price is costly, but at the same time, you do pay for a premium product and can expect to get what you pay for.
Dental veneers are also a more fitting cosmetic option for most patients as they tend to look a lot more natural than lumineers do. However, if reducing natural tooth structure is not a fitting option for you, then lumineers are a wonderful second option.