Veneers Vs. Lumineers: Which Option Should I Choose?

Luckily for most people, there are several different ways to change and improve the appearance of teeth and get a picture-perfect smile. Two very popular options are veneers and Lumineers, which can improve your look almost instantly.

But what are the major differences between these two procedures? And, most importantly, which one is the better choice for you?

Find out the answer in our short blog post!

What Are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin shells made to bond with the front surface of the teeth and completely change your appearance. They are custom-made for you, usually from composite or dental porcelain, and look and feel just like natural teeth.

Veneers are a very popular option for people dealing with misshapen teeth or gen chips that cannot be corrected with other procedures. To get veneers, your Tacoma dentist will gently roughen the surface layer of your teeth to make sure the veneer can properly bond.

What Are Lumineers? 

Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers made from ultra-thin laminate. Lumineers are thinner than the average veneers, which makes them a lot easier to place on the teeth, a benefit that also got them the ‘no-prep veneer’ label.

However, the dentist might still have to shave the surface area of the teeth to apply them in some cases, just as much as with traditional veneers.

Which Option Is Best For Me Is Best for Me?

Both Veneers and Lumineers set out to help you get a better, brighter smile. They can be used to address a variety of different concerns:

  • Tooth discoloration or severe staining
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Differences in tooth sizes
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth, etc.

And in terms of quality, they will also offer the same results:

  • Natural-looking
  • Custom-made to suit you
  • Durable
  • Stay fixed in place, with no risks of falling out like dentures
  • Stain-resistant

Ultimately, the choice between Lumineers and Veneers boils down to the application process. As veneers require shaving the natural enamel, it is considered a permanent procedure, as if you take the veneers off down the line you will need a different procedure or new veneers to protect the natural tooth.

With Lumineers, on the other hand, your natural enamel stays virtually intact, which means you can take off your Lumineers later on if you want to opt for other procedures or simply want to show your permanent teeth.

Contact Rainier Smiles Dentistry For Your Veneers Or Lumineers Consultation!

Still don’t know if veneers or Lumineers are the right choices for you? Rainier Smiles Dentistry is here to help guide you through the different corners of cosmetic dentistry and help you make the best decisions for your long-term dental health and appearance. 

Book an appointment with Dr. Steve Hong now or call us at (253) 565-1695 to find out more about our services and how they can help you unlock the smile of your dreams!

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