When talking about having long-lasting means of cosmetic correction as veneers or lumineers, it is important to make the right choice. Is it correct to say one is better than the other? It depends on your goals and the state of your teeth, so each case has its best solution.
Actually, lumineers are veneers that are made from a special type of dentistry porcelain, which is the biggest difference between the two. However, there are other differences which are valuable enough to be an important factor in choice for people who need to cover their cosmetic dental defects.
How Do They Compare
Let us compare veneers and lumineers according to the most important characteristics to receive the answers in which case each of them seems like a more preferable option.
1. Aesthetic qualities
Lumineers have slightly better light transition qualities, so if your main goal is a smile no worse than of a Hollywood star, it can be an option for you. However, veneers also look very aesthetically pleasing and natural if the proper shade is chosen.
Lumineers are thinner than veneers. This is much more convenient but not in all situations. If you have significant teeth discoloration, big fillings or problems with size and the angle of your teeth, lumineers won’t work – the defects will be seen through the semi-transparent plate. Veneers do a better job of concealing these defects without any difficulties.
3. Tooth preparation
The advantage of lumineers is the fact they can be worn on your natural enamel without trimming. Veneers require trimming that damages your natural enamel. Still, if you want to take your lumineers off, this process will damage your enamel as well.
Not that long ago, veneers had a shorter lifespan compared to lumineers. But technologies keep evolving so today the lifespan of both are about the same.
Lumineers are more expensive because of the special material used. They have a reputation of “celebrity teeth”. Veneers are more affordable and available for most people.
As you can see, the differences are not that big. If you can afford lumineers than they can be a better choice for you. However, if your dental defects are very noticeable, no matter how much you are able to pay for them, this is not an option for you. Nevertheless, laminate veneers are no worse at all.
No matter what you choose, both veneers and lumineers require a careful attitude, because if you have to replace them, your enamel will be damaged. Take care of your teeth and they will serve you for a long time.