What’s the Difference Between Lumineers and Traditional Porcelain Veneers?
Traditional veneers and Lumineers do the same basic thing. Both types of veneer are built with extremely thin porcelain, and they are designed to fit over your existing teeth, permanently covering them and providing you with a better smile.
The main difference is in that Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers. Lumineers are made of extremely strong porcelain, and they are about the same thickness as a contact lens. In contrast, traditional veneers are usually about 0.5 millimeters in thickness.
This means that traditional veneers require buffing, or the removal of some tooth enamel in order to ensure a seamless fit. During the traditional veneer placement process, enamel that is equal in thickness to the veneer is removed from the teeth in order to ensure a perfect fit. Some patients find this process to be uncomfortable.
Lumineers are so thin that no preparation is required for the teeth in most cases. This makes them ideal for patients with dental anxiety or those who do not like the idea of removing their natural tooth enamel.