Veneers vs. Lumineers: Which Is Right for Me?

Closeup of a tooth getting a dental veneer bonded to the front

If you are looking to improve the look of your smile, perhaps you’ve done some research on veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that are designed to cover the front of your natural teeth. The result is a natural-looking, whiter, and more uniform smile

While traditional veneers are a great option for many patients, there is another type of veneer that you may not be as familiar with: Lumineers®.

Traditional Veneers

One of the main differences between traditional veneers and Lumineers is the tooth preparation process. Traditional veneers are slightly thicker so some enamel will need to be removed from the surface of your teeth for the veneers to fit properly. Once your dentist thins your tooth enamel, they will take impressions to send to a lab where your veneers will be prepared. Then, you’ll come in for a second office visit to have the final veneers permanently bonded to your teeth.


Lumineers differ from traditional veneers in a couple of ways. First, they are thinner and therefore do not require your teeth to be shaved down before application. Lumineers simply bond to the surface of your natural tooth with no enamel removal necessary. And unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are not permanent and can be removed if needed.

How to Choose?

Both traditional veneers and Lumineers are resistant to stains and chipping, providing patients with sparkling smiles that can last 10-20 years. For patients who have significant dental imperfections that could require more extensive work to reshape their teeth, traditional veneers might be the better choice. But if you’re looking for a reversible and less invasive procedure, you’d likely be a good candidate for Lumineers.

Veneers & Lumineers in Littleton, CO

The best way to decide which cosmetic enhancement will serve you best is to come into Summit Family Dentistry for a dental consultation! We offer both traditional veneers and Lumineers. Our team will thoroughly explain the differences to help you make an informed choice. Contact us today to schedule your visit!

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