Lumineers®, Minimal-Prep Veneers, and Traditional Veneers

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on October 30, 2017

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Lumineers® are a hot cosmetic product around Columbus, Indiana. These veneers cover your teeth with thin, porcelain shells, which dentists bond to the front of your teeth to make them appear straighter and whiter.

Lumineers® are actually only one kind of minimal-prep veneer for teeth. Other brands include DURAthin Veneers® and Vivaneers™, and others exist as well. Inquire at your local dental office in Columbus to find out which brand your dentist uses. If your dentist doesn’t use Lumineers® specifically, don’t let that deter you from the product. Lumineers® are simply marketed more than the other brands; they aren’t necessarily a superior product.

When Hoosiers begin investigating Lumineers® and other minimal-prep veneers, it’s not uncommon that they ask what the difference is between them and traditional teeth veneers. It’s a good question, and we think is worth explaining.

Lumineers® and Minimal-Prep Veneers vs. Traditional Veneers

Both minimal-prep veneers and traditional teeth veneers achieve the same end. They make teeth look better. Both are made of porcelain, which dentists apply through bonding. And both Lumineers® and traditional veneers require precision and some artistic skills on behalf of the dentist to achieve excellent results.

The primary difference between these products is the thickness of the veneer. Traditional veneers are less than 1 mm wide. Although that’s small, when applied to the teeth that extra thickness is enough to make the teeth look bulky and unnatural. Thus, when these veneers are applied, dentists have to shave off layers of enamel, sometimes to the dentin, to prepare the teeth to receive the veneer. This can be a lengthy process, and anesthetics are required.

Lumineers® and other minimal-prep veneers, on the other hand, are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain, which require far less prep work. Because they’re so thin, no (or less) enamel needs shaved from the teeth.

Although minimal-prep veneers are so thin, they may at times still look or feel bulkier than natural teeth.

Why Choose Minimal-Prep or Traditional Veneers?

There are a variety of reasons why someone in the Columbus area might be researching veneers. Veneers of all kinds makeover common dental problems such a stains, discolorations, gaps, cracks, chips, and misshapen teeth. And, in general, they can help make crooked teeth appear straight and provide a bright, movie-star-white smile. 

If you have questions about traditional or minimal-prep veneers or otherwise want to discuss improving your smile, White River Dental in Columbus, Indiana, is available to help. Call or contact us to set up a consultation with one of our friendly dentists to determine which treatment option best suits your needs.

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