The Difference Between Lumineers® and Veneers?

difference lumineers veneersVeneers and lumineers both work to give your mouth a bit of a makeover. In fact, Lumineers are a type of veneer. They work to fix a number of different flaws, such as yellowing of the teeth or an uneven smile. The two terms even sound similar! But there are real differences between them, and it’s easy to overpay for a product or procedure. Agape Dental wants you to have the information so you can make a better decision!

Lumineers Are for Small Flaws

Lumineers are made for those who have just a few minor imperfections that they want to see changed. They’re on the thin side and designed to give your smile a quick fix. Lumineers look like a contact lens and go over your teeth to give your teeth a better appearance. So maybe you have a tiny chip on your front tooth or a bottom tooth that’s a little shorter than its neighbor. If, for whatever reason, you think your smile needs more work, make an appointment at Agape Dental.

Veneers Are a Serious Solution

Veneers are thicker and provide your teeth with a sturdier coating. They can help with major gaps, serious discoloration, or even broken teeth. Veneers are typically made with either porcelain or resin. Porcelain is better at resisting stains and it’s also great at making your teeth look natural. When you smile, your teeth reflect the light. Porcelain has similar qualities so that no one will notice there’s any type of coating on your teeth. However, porcelain also costs about twice as much as composite resin.

Comfort Factors

For those in Woburn, MA area who choose either of these options will typically feel the coating on their teeth. With Lumineers, the discomfort or distraction of it will normally go away fairly quickly (if you feel it at all.) However, veneers may be harder to forget about. The thickness of the coating is still on the thin side, but the diameter is larger than Lumineers. Some people find it difficult to get used to, so keep this in mind before choosing veneers.

The Process

Veneers will be a more involved process than Lumineers. The dentist will need to prepare your mouth, which involves taking a slight amount of enamel off your teeth. They’ll need up to 4 weeks to complete the mold before bonding the veneers to your teeth. Lumineers will only involve taking a mold of your teeth before creating the Lumineers to fit your mouth. It only takes two visits before your Lumineers are ready to go, and the whole process is non-invasive.

Agape Dental in Woburn, MA prides itself on keeping up with all of the available advancements to keep your smile as healthy and attractive as possible. Contact us today if you want to learn more about the details of the procedure, or if you have questions about which one is the right choice for you!