Difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers

Do you know most politicians & celebrities don’t have ideal teeth or smile?

Nowadays it’s exasperate to see crooked or yellow teeth on TV screen. In order to overcome these problems you might have heard about the terms like porcelain veneers and lumineers. These procedures can work best to,

  • Align Teeth
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Provide ideal gum and tooth balance
  • Lengthen, or widen teeth
  • Correct stubborn discoloration that some tooth whitening may be unable to correct
  • Fill chipped teeth
  • Give uniform, even sizing presentation of all teeth

Both Veneers and lumineers are used for correcting teeth imperfections. They are used to repair the damaged or crooked teeth. These types of procedures come under cosmetic dentistry.

Veneers and lumineers can likewise be utilized to cover fillings which have changed shading and have an unpleasant appearance or to cover gaps between teeth.

These gaps can be adjusted by orthodontic procedures, yet porcelain veneers or lumineers give a quicker arrangement.

Both porcelain veneers and lumineers have a characteristic look, are exceptionally solid and don’t change color over time.

What Veneers are

A veneer is a layer of material placed over the tooth in order to improve the aesthetic s of tooth to protect tooth surface from damage. There are basically two types of materials exist in order to fabricate veneer:

  • Composite Veneer: can be directly or indirectly fabricated placed by dental practitioner in a lab and later bonded to tooth.
  • Porcelain Veneer: Can only be indirectly fabricated.

Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers

Porcelain veneers:

Porcelain veneers are more durable and look more natural than composite veneers.

These are more expensive than composite veneers. In case of dental veneers, reshaping of tooth can be done and this can be quite tricky because veneers needs to be placed on tooth, in order to avoid bulky look dentists remove around 5 mm from surface of tooth.

Having done this, person will lose its natural enamel and are protected by porcelain veneers only.


Lumineers on the other hand are improved variant of Porcelain veneers.  They are same as that of porcelain veneers in terms of functionality.

The only difference between porcelain veneers and lumineers is that they don’t require the removal of enamel and hence can be better and long term solution than porcelain veneers.  While placing lumineers, structure of tooth remains unchanged.

Lumineers are sleeker than porcelain veneers, but this doesn’t make them less durable. Given that lumineers are placed without the tooth being altered, they do add to the overall structure of the tooth and might feel a little bulkier than the classic porcelain veneers.

However, the additional benefits are well worth it; the tooth is still protected by its natural enamel, even if the lumineers need to be taken off.

In terms of costs, lumineers have similar costs as that of porcelain veneers.


Both veneers and lumineers are used for protecting tooth surface from damage. The only difference lies in the face that lumineers don’t require the removal of enamel and hence can be better and long term solution than porcelain veneers.

Contact Dr. Safarian for Cosmetic Dental Treatment in San Diego.