Which Is Right for You?
In general, Boston cosmetic dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy recommends porcelain veneers over Lumineers®. The cost of both procedures is approximately the same, but Dr. Clancy prefers porcelain veneers because they:
- Achieve more dramatic results
- Feel better in the mouth
- Can be custom-fit
- Look more natural
- Are more durable
- Are longer-lasting
Veneers can give better results if you’re trying to cover darkly discolored teeth or want to do more tooth reshaping. Lumineers ® can work for limited cases, such as mild discoloration, closing gaps between teeth, and lengthening short teeth. The custom fit of veneers helps them to feel more comfortable.
Because they’re thin, Lumineers® need to stop light from penetrating, or they wouldn’t be able to whiten. Natural tooth enamel lets light in, so this makes Lumineers look a little less natural than veneers, which are thick enough to allow more light penetration. In addition, the custom fit of veneers makes it easier to get designs that look natural in your mouth.
Lumineers® use a very strong ceramic to compensate for their thinness. However, modern traditional veneers are also strong, and their thickness makes them more durable and long-lasting.
In the end, when you are choosing between porcelain veneers or Lumineers®, you should always make sure to visit an experienced and compassionate Boston cosmetic dentist who will treat you as an individual and give you honest recommendations. Dr. Clancy will carefully evaluate your appearance and your goals. If you are in the rare group of people who might benefit from Lumineers, he may refer you to another cosmetic dentist who offers them.
Your dentist should also be willing to stick with you through the long run and address any concerns you may have. Dr. Clancy understands that life happens, and he offers a 5-year guarantee on porcelain veneers. If your veneers are damaged through no fault of your own within 5 years, he will replace them for free.