What are the Differences between Veneer and Lumineer?

There is a lot more to your teeth than just helping you dive into your favorite pizza or bowl of ice cream. Your teeth are possibly the biggest part of your smile. These pearly whites are front and center in many family photos, vacation shots, and even your drivers’ license. Yet, after years of hard work, teeth can become discolored, chipped, and less than photogenic. Don’t worry though; there are two solutions to bringing back that pristine smile of yore.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. This process usually occurs over a few visits to the dentist, so if you have a fear of the dentist, you will overcome this fear quickly. The first visit consists of a consultation and analysis. The second visit will prep your teeth and take a mold of your mouth. The last visit is the big day, as this is the visit your new smile is cemented to your teeth.

Lumineers are a type of veneer in that they are usually made of porcelain, and they are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. The difference here is that lumineers are stronger than traditional veneers. This difference means that lumineers are thinner than their older predecessors are. It also means that lumineers have a longer lifespan than veneers. Where veneers last roughly five years, lumineers can last upwards of twenty years.

There are a few downsides to these treatments. The bonding process requires some tooth scraping. This removal of enamel can lead to higher sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Lumineers require less tooth scrapping thanks to their thinness, but there is still a risk of increased sensitivity. The other big issue is that neither solution is actually permanent. While five to twenty years is a decent amount of time, you will still be back in the dentist chair having this process repeated.

Both of these treatments are great ways to bring back a bright and beautiful smile you will be proud to sport in family photos. Be sure you chat with your dentist about the pros and cons of both treatments, and which maybe best for you. Keep smiling!


  1. About a year ago I had 2 porcelain veneers attached to my two front teeth because of chips in both teeth caused by a car accident 15 years ago. My teeth are smaller than average so there is very little surface to attach the veneer. As a result, they have fallen off every 2 months. My dentist has no problem reattaching the veneers but it is becoming a waste of his and my time. I’m very frustrated! A week a go I was eating a brownie and swallowed one of the veneers. I have yet to find it and believe I might have missed it looking through you know what (stool). I do not have the $800 to replace the veneer and need to find the best option and change dentists. After thoroughly researching veneers and crowns it appears a crown is my best option. Why didn’t he recommend a crown? I think i have a bite which could interfere with a crown. Can your bite prevent a crown from working? I need help!

    • Without an exam it is always hard to diagnose. However, based on you the information it sounds like you need more retention, and a crown would certainly give that to you. Your bite can effect how you make a crown, but in general if a veneer will work with a certain bite so will a crown. As for why you dentist did not recommend a crown to start with, that would have to be a question for him/her.

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