Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers

If you're unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile, modern dentistry offers plenty of options to improve it. One reason so many patients choose veneers is that they hide a multitude of smile flaws, including chipped, broken, and stained teeth.

At The Whole Tooth, we know how important it is to have a confident smile you feel great about sharing with others. From selfies on social media to Zoom calls with family and friends, the focus is on our smiles more than ever before.

Porcelain veneers placed at our Dunwoody dental office take the smile you have, improve its symmetry and balance, and transform it into the one you’ve always wanted.

Almost everyone has heard of traditional porcelain veneers but may not be familiar with Lumineers or no-prep veneers. Let’s take a look at both.

How Traditional Veneers and Lumineers Are Similar

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers have the same goal—improve upon the smile nature gave you by camouflaging aesthetic flaws, including:

  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Minor tooth misalignment
  • Gaps and spacing issues
  • Teeth that appear too short
  • Stained or discolored teeth

The goal is the same for each; thin shells of ceramic on the front surfaces of teeth are customized to conceal the imperfection beneath them. 

Veneers are made of dental porcelain ceramic, while Lumineers are made of a patented ceramic called Cerinate. This material is actually stronger and more durable than porcelain. Porcelain veneers need to be replaced every 10 years or so, while Lumineers can give you as much as 20 years of use.

Traditional Veneers vs. No-Prep Lumineers Differences

Another important consideration when choosing between veneers and Lumineers is the prep involved.

Traditional veneers require our cosmetic dentist to remove a thin layer of tooth enamel before placing them on your teeth. We perform this step so that the veneer doesn’t add bulk to your tooth and lies naturally against your gumline. Removing tooth enamel means that traditional porcelain veneers are a permanent, lifetime commitment. 

By contrast, Lumineers or no-prep veneers are so thin—about the thickness of a contact lens—that we don’t need to remove any tooth enamel in most cases. 

This is why you may also hear our dentist refer to them as no-prep or prepless veneers. The advantage over traditional veneers is that you can change your mind in the future and opt to have your Lumineers removed.

Take the Next Step on Your Smile Journey

Dr. Starnes is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Dunwoody, GA who enjoys creating beautiful smiles for her patients. If you would like more information about traditional veneers and Lumineers, she would be happy to meet with you to discuss your vision for your smile.

Please call The Whole Tooth to schedule an appointment to see how we can help you.