To understand Lumineers better, let’s compare them with Veneers.
Lumineers are a thinner version of veneers, and they run approximately .3 millimeters (Veneers are 0.5 mm). They are used to help correct the look of chipped or damaged teeth, including discolored or misshapen teeth. Since it’s thin, it’s less uncomfortable for the patient too.
When placing porcelain veneers, the teeth are prepared by removing a very thin layer of enamel. It helps veneers to fit perfectly and look very natural, but it doesn’t necessarily make it a good candidate for every patient. If we want to do the minimum to zero preparation on the teeth, we go by Lumineers.
Now let’s talk about some disadvantage of lumineers: since they are thinner than veneers, it might be harder to cover discolored teeth, and for people with heavily stained teeth we recommend veneers as it provides enough material to hide the discoloration. Also, since it covers the existing tooth surface, you may find it harder to clean your gum line which put you in a higher risk of gum disease, in that case, we recommend traditional veneers as we smooth the tooth for a better fit.
Lumineer procedure often requires 1-2 visits.
Esthetic problems fixed by Veneers or Lumineers :
Veneers or Lumineers can be expensive if a patient decides to get a full set, so what we recommend is only for the visible front teeth that will lower the cost drastically.
Here are few esthetic problems that can be masked using veneers and Lumineers:
- Diastema or gaps between teeth
- Teeth Stain
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked or Misaligned teeth
- Shortened crowns
- Excessive gingival display or gummy smile