I’m trying to learn if Lumineers are better than porcelain veneers. I’ve seen a lot of information on Lumineers and they all look really good. Also, it looks like they don’t have any tooth preparation. But, I want to know if Lumineers are better in the long run?
-Samantha in New Jersey
Thank you for your question. Lumineers is a heavily marketing brand of porcelain veneers. You are correct that they do not require any tooth preparation. However, there are some drawbacks. Here’s the scoop when considering a smile makeover.
You may not realize that Lumineers is simply a brand name. They come with trademark restrictions, which means they must be manufactured in their own laboratory. Also, the no-prep technique often leaves patients with teeth that feel bulky or too long. Many excellent cosmetic dentists don’t like Lumineers. So, it is better to find an excellent cosmetic dentist versus having a preconceived notion about the brand of veneers.
2. No Prep Technique – Porcelain veneers require tooth preparation in order to ensure a seamless transition from where your natural tooth starts and the veneer begins. When they are done by a skilled cosmetic dentist, they will be flawless. In regard to the no prep technique, there may be aesthetic issues. Sometimes the edges leave tiny ridges that are susceptible to plaque buildup and decay. Periodontal disease is also a risk when there is decay present.
3. Trust Your Cosmetic Dentist – We touched on it above. It’s all about finding a highly skilled cosmetic dentist. An expert cosmetic dentist is like an artist. They will take into consideration your desires and goals, your complexion, hair color, and personality. Porcelain veneers can be life-changing. But, you can ask almost any cosmetic dentist and they will not recommend Lumineers. So, schedule a consultation, get to know your cosmetic dentist, ask to see their portfolio and learn about what their recommendations are for your specific case.
You’ll be happier if you select the dentist without going in with your own plan.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.