Differences between Veneers and Lumineers dental veneers

Faccette dentali Lumineers e Veneers

Veneers: What are they?

Veneers are ceramic veneers that are applied to the outer surface of natural teeth in order to improve the aesthetics of the smile, hiding defects in shape, color or even small misalignments. Aesthetic veneers consist of small plates made of ceramic or porcelain very thin that, are cemented on teeth with imperfections, or to which you want to give a more regular appearance.

Once dental veneers are applied, the result is blemish-free and bright teeth.

When to use Veneers

Dentists recommend dental veneers when the patient has teeth with obvious defects or has suffered trauma that has compromised some dental elements.

In addition to solving aesthetic problems, in fact, dental veneers help to correct some dental functions. One of the functions that can be corrected by applying ceramic veneers is the masticatory one, in fact, in the presence of crooked teeth, the insertion of dental veneers helps to solve the problem of malocclusion.

Some of the defects that can be hidden with the placement of dental veneers include:

  • – Diastemas: the veneer fills the space between the affected teeth;
  • – Permanent discoloration: the veneer covers the stains on the enamel;
  • – Large teeth or small teeth compared to the rest of the dentition;
  • – Broken or malformed teeth.

Advantages of Veneers

  • – They hide cosmetic defects in the teeth;
  • – The material used is not exposed to external influences;
  • – There is no discoloration;
  • – The color of the plates is selected based on the color of the natural teeth.
  • – Installation is completely painless.

Disadvantages of Veneers

One of the disadvantages of such plates is their increased fragility, in fact in case of mechanical impact the dental veneer will detach from the tooth.


  • – The presence of cavities on the teeth;
  • – Thin tooth enamel is not suitable.
  • – Bite abnormality.
  • – Incomplete dentition.

Lumineers veneers

What they are and when they are used

Lumineers veneers, unlike traditional ceramic or porcelain veneers, are veneers that are much thinner in thickness, between 0.2 and 0.3 mm.

The use of Lumineers veneers are recommended when the patient does not want to undergo invasive treatment. Lumineers veneers are also suitable for those who require reversible treatment.

Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers appear brighter, but do not have the same shade as other natural teeth.

In fact the Lumineers are made with die-cast ceramic, which determines a lower aesthetic yield, instead it is possible to characterize the veneers and give them naturalness, thanks to the layering. In fact, the technique of die-casting provides that it is used a single block of ceramic and consequently a single color. With the layering method instead the vaneers are made by adding several layers of ceramics of different colors, giving a more natural result.

It is normal that particularly white colors need less characterization and color shading. Let’s say that the technique of die-casting is usually associated with a more striking and decidedly less natural result than the layering technique used for veneers.

Veneers and Lumineers what are the differences?

Let’s list the main features that distinguish these two types of dental veneers from each other:

  • – Product thickness Lumineers are much thinner than Veneers, in fact they have only 0.3 mm, like contact lenses. Veneers have a thickness of 0.5-0.8 mm, which is twice as thick.
  • – To install Veneers, it is necessary to file the surface of the enamel to make sure that the final result is not too massive. Therefore, this technique is considered irreversible. Lumineers with “Hollywood” plates can be removed at any time without any consequences for the teeth.
  • – Lumineers plates adhere very firmly to the surface due to a special adhesive, thus reducing the risk of caries. Veneers have no such advantage.
  • – Veneers last ten years, Lumineers last twice as long.
  • – To install Veneers, you will need to visit a doctor more than once to perform the necessary preparation. To install Lumineers, only two sessions are required: when you take impressions and attach the bands.
  • – The cost is also significantly different: Lumineers are more expensive than Veneers.
  • – The enamel shade of the Veneers is closer to the natural color of the teeth, the color of the Lumineers has less shades, but they are brighter.

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