What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers And Dental Lumineers


Two of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today are veneers and Lumineers. Both are made of thin, durable porcelain material and both can provide natural-looking, long-lasting results when prepared by an experienced, competent dentist.

In order to determine which option is best for you, a cosmetic dentist is the best, your dentist will consider a variety of circumstances which include your unique dental history, overall health, personal desires, expectations, and his/her professional understanding of your particular situation to create a beautiful final result.

Advantages of Dental Veneers & Dental Lumineers

Resistance to staining.  A significant advantage is in the nature of their material.  Since porcelain is ceramic and therefore glass-like, the porcelain surface will be extremely stain resistant.
It can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections and defects. Teeth that have small chips or whose surface is worn or misshapen can be repaired too. 
It can also be used to cover over and conceal fillings that have become stained or discolored. Furthermore, Old dental fillings and previous attempts at cosmetic bonding that have become discolored can be easily corrected.
It is used to make color changes for teeth that have permanent stains.  Some teeth are naturally discolored.  This includes teeth that have tetracycline, fluorosis staining, and those that have darkened as a result of physical traumatic dental injuries or root canal treatment.
In some cases, they can be used as alternatives to orthodontic treatment.  They can be used to close the space (called a “diastema”) between a person’s teeth.  In cases where teeth are slightly crooked to extremely crooked, they can be used to create an instant orthodontics effect.

What are Porcelain Veneers?  

In cosmetic dentistry, a veneer is a wafer-thin layer of super-strong porcelain that convincingly substitutes for natural tooth enamel. 

Recent years, technology has brought remarkable advances in dental porcelain. These days, veneers can be made so thin that they can sometimes be bonded directly to your existing tooth surface. In other cases, a very thin layer of tooth enamel as thin as the veneer itself.


porcelain veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers, alternatively termed “dental veneers” or “dental porcelain laminates,” are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.  Porcelain veneers are non-porous (they will not stain), incredibly resilient, and “kind” (non-abrasive) to opposing teeth.  When it is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (like a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.

A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown.  Rather than encompassing the entire tooth a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part of a tooth, preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure.  They can straighten, lengthen, and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position.  For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped.  This means that a thin layer (approximately .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for placement.

How do Porcelain veneers improve your teeth?

In addition to wearing and tear.
  •  Teeth that are badly injured,
  • Stained,
  • Badly shaped chipped,
  • Crooked teeth may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

How long do dental veneers last?

Veneers generally may last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

What is the Capability of porcelain veneers?

 Porcelain veneers are used to improve the following characteristics of your teeth:
  •    Colour - Teeth can become stained by the foods and drinks we normally take, even from smoking, and normal ageing too.
  • Size and Shape - Teeth can become worn down from Bad oral habits, or may not have the shape or size you want your teeth to have.
  • Alignment and Spacing - Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections (such as microdontia) in alignment while improving tooth color and shape.

What are the Advantages of porcelain veneers?

  • It does not irritate the gum.
  • Aesthetics purposes that is they match the tooth color.
  • It is resistant to abrasion.
  • They are resistant to stain.

Dental Lumineers

Dental Lumineers are different than a traditional veneer in the way they are manufactured and placed. Lumineers is a brand of porcelain veneers. (DuraThins is another brand with similar properties and application). A Lumineers restoration is as thin as a contact lens and placed over existing teeth without having to remove tooth structure. Like traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers restorations are an excellent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discoloured, or misaligned teeth.
An ideal candidate for Lumineers must have enough remaining tooth surface on which to bond the Lumineers to ensure long-term results.  Since Lumineers do not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if circumstances require it.
Visit a cosmetic dentist to provide you with visual consultations if you are considering dental veneers, porcelain laminates, and Lumineers.  Some dentist offers free consultations at no charge.

How to Care for your porcelain veneers?

Just like natural teeth, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. 

And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples which aren’t good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers.

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

Costs of veneers vary depending on what part of the country you live in and on the extent of your procedure. However, it may not be covered by insurance. See your dentist for details.


Porcelain veneers are like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. But it doesn’t stain as tooth enamel does; veneers have a longer life expectancy and colour stability, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

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Isreal Olabanji DST RN
Isreal Olabanji DST RNhttps://www.healthsoothe.com
Am Isreal olabanji a dental assistant and public health professionals and has years of experience in assisting the dentist with all sorts of dental issues. We regularly post timely and trustworthy medical information and news. My goal is to enlighten everyone in all aspects of health towards participating in fitness, Dental care, healthy recipes, child health, obstetrics, and more.

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