Veneers, also known as “dental porcelain laminates,” are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.Lumineers are thinner; roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure doesn’t require re-shaping for placement and, if desired, veneers can be removed.While Lumineers are suitable for minor cosmetic adjustments, they may not be adequate for major cosmetic makeovers and instant-orthodontic work.
A few Lumineers may be used to extend small teeth, fix a minor chip, or change color. For patients who want to close a wide gap between teeth without using metal braces, traditional veneers provide more flexibility. Basically, a Lumineer is a type of veneer that requires less preparation and little or no removal of the tooth structure.”In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products:
• cover only the visible portions of teeth;
• repair minor tooth imperfections;
• straighten and lengthen teeth;
• conceal stained or discolored fillings; and
• are stain proof, natural in appearance and highly resilient.