Dental Lumineers vs. Traditional Veneers
In the world of cosmetic dentistry, there is some confusion regarding Lumineers vs. porcelain veneers. And while the confusion is warranted, this comparison is like asking the difference between an S600 and a Mercedes-Benz–An S600 is simply a model by Mercedes. Still confused? Let me explain.
Before you can appreciate the difference between Lumineers and traditional veneer teeth, it is important to recognize what veneers are and what they are for. Also called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain laminate veneers, are used for a variety of purposes.
Usually, veneers are identified as a permanent solution to minor teeth imperfections such as teeth discoloration, cracks, chipped teeth, and even heavily stained or discolored teeth or dental fillings.
Think of them as a mask worn by the visible portion of the teeth to hide whatever imperfections there are on the surface. In some instances, veneers have also been used to manage diastema–the condition where there is a sizable gap between teeth.
In order for the veneer to be bonded onto the surface of existing teeth, the tooth will have to be prepared by reducing the tooth surface area. This means that the surface of each tooth where veneers will be bonded will have to be shaved by as much as 0.5 millimeters deep to accommodate the thickness of the new laminate.=
The goal is to see the veneer flush to the gum line. So, extensive prep work is a big part of getting veneers to look good– this is also where most of the differences between the two occur.
As mentioned earlier–Lumineers are a special type of veneer just as the S600 is one example of a Mercedes. The main advantage to getting laminates is that they do not require the same degree of preparations on the surface of the teeth as traditional veneers because they are super thin and quickly bonded onto the surface of the teeth. It sounds like a win-win, however, if not shaped by an expert, Lumineers can provide less than perfect results which is never the goal for any patient.
It is not uncommon for Beverly Hills cosmetic dentists to have to fix bad Lumineer applications on patients because of an inexperienced provider and ill fit.
When fitted wrong, known to dentists as improper emergence profile, Lumineers can scrape against the gum line. This produces irritation and inflammation and can subsequently lead to periodontal diseases. There have also been issues with these being too bulky and brittle, further increasing the risk of gum tissue injury.
Conclusion: Similarities and Differences
Lumineers are excellent if done correctly but only for very minor teeth imperfections. They offer almost all the benefits of traditional veneers with the only difference being the preparation and possibly the outcome, if not done correctly.
For most problems such as diastema and severe discoloration or even chipped and cracked teeth, porcelain veneers are still the way to go. For more information or if you have questions about Veneers vs. Lumineers and are in the Los Angeles area, please contact us.