Porcelain Veneers Vs Lumineers

What is the difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers?

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Lumineers are prepless porcelain veneers.

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Prepless means that the dentist does not drill on your teeth at all. You have to qualify for that type of treatment and not all patients can get them. Conventional veneers are used more widely within the profession because we can make slight adjustments to the teeth to make the veneers look better. Lumineers are a nice treatment but your teeth will certainly be THICKER when you are done..Not good for some smiles...

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What is the difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers?

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Huge! Not to get into technical data, Lumineers can be as thin as 0.3mm, where as "standard" veneers need to be usually 0.5 mm thick for strength. Lumineers can be a more conservative option in a sense of reducing tooth structure. It is a great choice if you want to inhance your smile and your teeth are on smaller size, have spaces in between them , and are set  . In an experienced hands they can look very natural, if properly done. Lumineers can be considered a reversable procedure, because in most case teeth are NOT reduced.

If you are looking for perfection though, standard veneers are still a "standard of care" and get you the best visual results. They will be a most predictable and aesthetically pleasing solution . Especially if  you order an optional wax-up procedure, which will show you in wax what to expect BEFORE veneers are actualy made.

LumineersĀ® is a brand of porcelain veneers

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It would be similar if someone was choosing between a small hybrid car or a Toyota Prius.  A Prius IS a small hybrid car, it's just not the only one.

Lumineers® are marketed to consumers as a "no drill, no shot" smile makeover, and marketed to unskilled dentists as a simple way to add cosmetics to their practice.  

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