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Veneers will often form part of successful smile makeovers and are a particular technique that we often use here at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. This is because veneers can be such a great treatment for hiding teeth that may have become worn, chipped or stained, or for closing up any spaces in between your teeth that may be irritating you. Veneers can prove to be a simple and straightforward solution that is minimally invasive. So comparing Lumineers vs porcelain veneers, how do they differ?

When your Oxnard Ventura County Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Saj Jivraj gives you the green light for a cosmetic smile makeover, you have some decisions to make. Revamping your entire smile can happen with several cosmetic dentistry procedures, or you can achieve that amazing new smile with just one procedure, like Lumineers or porcelain veneers. Which treatment is right for you?

Envious of the flawless, white teeth you see throughout Oxnard City near Camarillo? You too can have a memorable smile by choosing a natural-looking cosmetic dentistry treatment like porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Which option is best for you? Learn the similarities and differences between the two smile makeover procedures.

Lumineers Vs. Dental Veneers

Although Lumineers and veneers can both improve your smile by hiding dental flaws, they differ in procedure and how they affect the state of the original tooth. Before you sign up for either procedure, you should review your options. We’ve provided some basic similarities and differences below, but if you’re interested in veneers or Lumineers, be sure to consult with a Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jivraj before you decide which option is right for you. Every person’s teeth are different, and you need to have a personalized consultation before you undergo a drastic procedure.

Lumineers Vs Veneers Similarities

  • Both options can improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth.
  • Both options can give you a whiter, brighter smile.
  • Both options can hide a cracked or chipped tooth.
  • Both options can cover gaps between teeth.
  • Both options are comfortable and have a natural appearance.
  • Both options are formed from a thin layer of porcelain.
  • Both options are strong, durable, and easy to maintain.
  • Both options will not stain or change color with time.
  • Both options are custom-made to create a seamless smile.
  • Both options come with a similar price tag.

Lumineers Vs Veneers Differences

Veneers are made from very thin pieces of porcelain and are typically 0.5 mm in thickness. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit over tooth surfaces that have been pre-prepared by our dentist. Lumineers are made from a special type of porcelain called Cerinate porcelain. This is a patented and ultra-strong form of porcelain. Therefore Lumineers vs porcelain veneers are incredibly thin, typically just 0.2 mm in thickness. So often unlike in other dental restoration treatments, tooth preparation is unnecessary for Lumineers. The special porcelain used to make these veneers is amazingly translucent, allowing us to create wonderfully aesthetic results to give you the smile of your dreams.

Preparation for Veneers vs. Lumineers

Porcelain veneers have been around for a long time, and the modern incarnation of porcelain veneers is magnificent. Your new smile can be designed so that your teeth are flattering in size, shape, length, color, and translucency. To prep teeth for veneers, tooth structure must be drilled away to make room for the veneers to be placed on and bonded to the teeth. Some patients would rather avoid this invasive element of the procedure and opt for Lumineers instead.

Lumineers are often called no-prep veneers because they require very minimal preparation of the tooth enamel, if any. A cleaning and light sanding, if necessary, is done to prep the teeth for the contact-lens-thin Lumineers. No shots or anesthesia are necessary, there is minimal discomfort or sensitivity, and there is no need to place acrylic temporaries between dental visits.

Preserving Your Natural Teeth

Another thing to bear in mind about Lumineers is that any tooth preparation is minimal. With traditional veneers we need to prepare your teeth under a local anaesthetic, removing some tooth surface so your new veneers will not look too bulky or unnatural. Due to their ultra-thin design, tooth preparation is often not needed, preserving your natural tooth structure so if you wish, this treatment could be reversible at some point in the future.

Digitally designed, your new Lumineers will fit exactly over the front surfaces of your teeth, giving you a flawless and long-lasting smile. They will immediately feel natural and comfortable and should last for many years before you have to think about replacing them, as unfortunately no tooth restoration will last forever!

What if you want to get a wider smile? Which is better, Veneers or Lumineers?

If you are looking to widen your smile, so as not to show dark spaces between your teeth and cheek, then lumineers may work. Most patients want their smile to stand out more, since their upper teeth are tipping in, and want to broaden the smile, in most cases lumineers may work depending on the occlusion or the bite of the opposing teeth, in these instances in which the bite is tight, a lumineer overlay can be designed or possibly lumineer with thin veneer overlay, to conserve tooth structure but at the same time broaden the smile.

Lumineers or no prep veneers can widen your smile! the result is a more zygomatic broader smile. Of course again your bite and occlusion is the biggest factor if you will be a candidate for lumineers, other important factors are the health of existing teeth, the color, and the alignment of existing teeth.

Eligibility for Veneers vs. Lumineers

Not every patient is a good candidate for Lumineers. Although Lumineers are incredibly thin, when added to the front surface of the tooth they can appear chunky, bulky, and thick. This may be exactly the opposite of what a patient is seeking.

Other important factors that influence your candidacy for veneers or Lumineers include your bite or occlusion, as well as the existing color of your teeth. After a complete examination, your Camarillo cosmetic dentist can determine if Lumineers will be the most aesthetically pleasing option for your smile makeover.

Your Oxnard, Ventura Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Saj Jivraj, is well-known for his experience in cosmetic dentistry and meticulousness in placing porcelain veneers and Lumineers. Make your appointment with him to find out whether you are a candidate for veneers or Lumineers, or to see if another type of smile makeover is right for you. Knowing the pros, cons, risks, benefits, and costs of both procedures allows you to make the most informed decision for your smile and oral health.

Schedule a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation Today!

Whether you need to have a stained or unattractive tooth capped, or you want to fix significant problems with your visible teeth, veneers can provide that smile for you. When it comes to efficiency of your time and proficiency of cosmetic dentistry techniques, Anacapa Dental Art Institute is the right choice for your teeth. Contact us to schedule your private consultation today and find out why we consider our dentists as the best cosmetic dentists in the area.

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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-988-3317. Our office welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.


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