QUESTION: Are Lumineers Better Than Veneers?
Lumineers are a type of veneers. They are only 0.2 m thick making lumineers very translucent. This is a good thing as it mimics the look your natural tooth enamel. Traditional veneers find this hard to do.
Because lumineers are so thin and so strong, your dentist won’t need to remove much of your natural tooth — and in some case none of your natural tooth will be removed. If cared for properly, lumineers can last 20 years. Many people love lumineers because they not only do not damage their natural teeth, but they are a non-invasive way of having the perfect smile. Not damaging your natural teeth with lumineers opens up the opportunity to returning back to your natural teeth if you ever need to — or want to for some reason.
LUMINEERS VERSUS TRADITIONAL VENEERS
Traditional veneers require your Houston cosmetic dentist to drill and remove at least 0.5mm of your tooth so that the veneer could be placed on top of it without looking bulky or feeling heavy and clunky. Traditional veneers also required the patient to wear temporary veneers for a few weeks while your dentist custom-made you permanent veneers.
One other issue is that once your dentist removed your natural tooth, you would be forced to always have veneers. This doesn’t sound like a big problem, but as traditional ceramic veneers only last about 10 years (rather than the 20 years that lumineers do), you could be paying for the same service twice rather than just once every 20 years.
Plus, every time your veneers would be replaced, your dentist may need to grind down even more of your tooth — which could result in you eventually needing crowns to protect the remaining natural tooth structure.
So are lumineers better than veneers? The choice is yours, but choosing Lumineers over ordinary veneers could be a better cost-effect and tooth saving decision in the long run. You will preserve your tooth structure, have to option to back to your regular teeth if you choose, and save money as lumineers last twice as long as veneers.