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What is the difference between having veneers and lumineers?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Thickness: Lumineers are made from very strong materials that allow the thickness to be very thin compared to a traditional veneer. As a result the is very little tooth reduction necessary often without needing anesthetics. They are much stronger and a much better choice today than veneers.
Dr. Steven Alper
Dentistry 21 years experience
Esthetics: Lumineers are porcelain veneers. The benefits of lumineers are that the often require less or no drilling. The disadvantage is that lumineers are monochromatic, meaning one shade, without variation. This gives them the 'chicklet teeth' look. They also look bulky because they are placed on top of the existing teeth. So although lumineers are often easier, they unfortunately often look fake.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Both are veneers: Lumineers are veneers made with a manufacturers special material. They are veneers. They have been around since the late 80's and were remarketed heavily as "lumineers". Advertised as contact lens thin. Veneers are a broad category of treatment now, due to the different materials and techniques for making them. I began in 1987 and still prefer the laboratory custom layering technique.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Hype: Lumineers took an old fashioned concept and poured millions of dollars in advertising in to it. Initially all veneers used to be done without preparing or shaping the teeth. The results were terrible. Since 2 things cannot occupy the same space at the same time(law of physics) original veneers were simply porcelain facings glued on teeth. This made bulky unattractive teeth.
Dr. April Ziegele
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
A LOT: A veneer is custom designed to replace the tooth structure removed and to give a pretty smile. Lumineers are semi-custom and bonded over your teeth. They often make your teeth appear big, bulky, and opaque.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 20 years experience
See below : Lumineers are like press on nails, they are extremely tin and are made specifically for your tooth . These veneers require none or in some cases minimal tooth reduction and are normally done without anesthesia. Regular veneers on the other hand normally require anesthesia, more reduction of your tooth but are much more aesthetic.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Lumineers: Lumineers are a 'brand name from a certain company(denmat) that require the dentist to use a denmat laboratory for the veneers. Other dental labs can make veneers but with different porcelain formulations. Lumineers are (supposed) to be ultra thin, and strong, when used with a certain denmat cement.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
Many labs now make thin, conservative veneers that are extremely natural.
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Huanswered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Brand: Lumineers, macveneers, durathinveneers, feldspathic veneers, all veneers types can carry a brand type. Just make sure your dentist goes over materials, the expectations, and durability with you. Materials range from lithium disilicate, leucite reinforced, to porcelain. Communication is key.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Not much: Lumineers are a brand name, like Nike. There are many brands of materials to use for veneers. Just because Lumineers has decided to market to the general public does not mean that it is the best veneer. Moreover, a relatively small percentage of dentists have decided to limit their experience to Lumineers. There are many quality-oriented dentists who have not opted to pursue the Lumineer brand.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Lumineers vs. veneer: Lumineers or non-prep veneers do not alter the structure of the tooth and therefore might be a better long term solution. See your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate.

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