This is a question we get asked quite a bit: “Lumineers vs. porcelain veneers? Which is best for me?” As you might imagine, the question isn’t “one product vs. another,” but rather “one person’s needs vs. another’s.” While Lumineers will be the thing that utterly transforms one person’s smile into the radiant one it was always meant to be, for another person, porcelain veneers will be the answer they have been seeking. In this blog, we’ll touch on who can benefit from Lumineers as well as those who might be better off with porcelain veneers.
Lumineers vs. Porcelain Veneers: Short Version
As Dr. Mobasser himself says on this very topic: “one size does not fit all.” Lumineers are perfect for minor cosmetic work. When you need just a bit of tweaking, or when your smile is almost as luminescent as it can be, Lumineers fill in the gap. They’re a small adjustment, a little leap that can make all of the difference in the world. By that same token, porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills from Dr. Mobasser are more heavy duty. They are the foundation of the “smile makeover.” Instant orthodontic work, these veneers can do far more for when your smile needs it.
Lumineers Benefits: Conservative
When we say “conservative” in this context, it has nothing to do with politics. Rather, “conservative” means that they affect your mouth less. Certainly, Lumineers are much more conservative than porcelain veneers. With Lumineers, none of your tooth structure is removed. It’s all still intact. The Lumineers are simply added onto it. They can whiten your teeth quite a bit without you having to go through a lot.
However, Lumineers are always very thin. That being said, they may not seem that way. They certainly may not seem that way in comparison to a veneer. They’re going to seem far more bulky. In fact, Lumineers are often used to extend small teeth, should the patient determine that their teeth are too small. That can be quite an asset for your smile as well as for your bite. When one tooth (or multiple teeth) become chipped or cracked, then it can significantly adversely affect your bite. With Lumineers, you can have your bite intact again. That can make it much easier to chew food as well as a whole host of other health benefits.
Veneers: Permanent Solutions
When you need more work done to make your smile look as you would like, then veneers can be the answer. Dr. Mobasser bases quite a bit of his cosmetic dentistry in Beverly Hills on the idea of being as non-invasive as possible. Whenever he can, he does whatever he can to keep your original, existing tooth structure. That’s why he often recommends Lumineers or other procedures that are much less invasive.
However, for some people, they will best be served by having procedures that go a bit deeper, that make more significant changes to their body. That’s where veneers come in. To have veneers placed on your body, some of your tooth structure does have to be removed. That is a procedure that requires altering your body. However, even with this invasive nature, it’s important to note that veneers actually do more to help your gum tissue than Lumineers. Lumineers, even as they’re less invasive, do tend to take a toll on your gum tissue.
Benefits of Veneers
Dental veneers in Beverly Hills from Dr. Mobasser can take years off of your face. That may sound like hyperbole, or the kind of thing that’s out and out impossible, but it’s true. Many people discount the effect that a better smile can have on their life. They may think that no one notices when they smile, or that people don’t pay attention to them when they’re smiling. That’s not the case. A person’s smile is one of the first things that anyone notices about them. That’s why it’s so important to have a great smile that stays great. Veneers can certainly make that come to pass.
Paradoxically, even though veneers require more effort, they look less bulky in your mouth. They will fit the bite you have far more than Lumineers will. Moreover, they’ll have a more natural color as well. Some people will be better off with Lumineers, while others will be greatly aided by veneers.
Of course, even after reading this blog, you don’t have to choose one or the other. That’s what Dr. Mobasser and his incredible staff is for! Simply schedule a consultation with us. Then, when you come to our location, we’ll sit down to talk to you and figure it all out. From looking at your mouth as well as your goals for your smile, we’ll be able to ascertain the best way to give you your best smile. Call us now at (310) 550-0383 to set it up!