O’Fallon LUMINEERS Dentist Explains How LUMINEERS and Veneers Compare

Written by Dr. Brace on May 15, 2013

Both LUMINEERS and traditional porcelain veneers make it possible for patients to improve their smiles in with one comprehensive cosmetic treatment. Many patients wonder how LUMINEERS and veneers compare, so our O’Fallon LUMINEERS dentists have put together this overview for you. Read on to learn more about how you can transform your smile!

How they’re the same…

LUMINEERS and veneers are both porcelain cosmetic restorations. They are essentially thin layers of porcelain that go over your existing teeth in order to make them look flawless. LUMINEERS and veneers are used to a wide number of common cosmetic complaints, including:

· Misaligned teeth

· Gaps in your smile

· Damaged dental enamel

· Dark or stained teeth

How they differ…

The primary difference between LUMINEERS and veneers is that LUMINEERS are thinner than veneers. This one difference may not seem that important, but it is actually quite important when you’re comparing LUMINEERS and veneers.

Because LUMINEERS are so thin, it is easy to attach them to your natural teeth without them appearing bulky on the teeth. Traditional veneers are thicker, and thus require your dentist to shave down your teeth before he or she applies the veneers. LUMINEERS do not require your teeth to be shaved down as much. This means that…

1. Most of the time the LUMINEERS process is reversible. Your teeth will still be healthy and intact under your LUMINEERS, so if, in the future, you choose to have your LUMINEERS removed, this is an option.

2. The LUMINEERS placement process is pretty much painless. Because the LUMINEERS process does not require significant tooth destruction, most patients do not need to use extensive sedation treatments.

If you’re thinking about improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, feel free to give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call today to get started! We’re here to help you find the cosmetic treatment that’s right for you.