Porcelain Veneers Vs Lumineers: Pros and Cons

November 26, 2021

Are you looking to improve your smile? Are you considering getting veneers to protect your teeth? Whatever the reason you’re seeking veneer treatment, there is information you should know about what the procedure will involve and how veneers can brighten and whiten your smile.

The truth is, lumineers are now a popular alternative treatment to traditional style veneers. Lumineers are a branded type of veneer that differ in many ways. So we’re here to help you understand the real difference between veneers and Lumineers. 

So, if we look at veneers vs Lumineers, how do the two compare, and which is the better option? That is the question! Well, there are pros and cons to both options and the correct answer depends on what’s most important to you as a patient with specific dentistry needs.

The decision is down to you, and we believe here at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry that you should be fully aware of everything you need to know about veneers and lumineers before booking your consultation with us. 

So let’s discuss the important question of which is better, veneers vs Lumineers? We will outline the details of each procedure and discuss the pros and cons of them both to help you decide. 


What are Veneers?


Veneers are a cosmetic coating made of porcelain that cover your natural teeth. Their purpose is to improve your smile by making your teeth appear whiter and straighter. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure but they can also help protect the teeth from damage too.


What are Lumineers?


Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers that are sometimes referred to as ‘no-prep’ veneers. This is because the application typically takes less time and preparation than traditional ones. They’re specifically designed to be thinner too, minimising the damage to the natural teeth underneath.


Veneers Vs. Lumineers: What’s the Process?


One of the biggest reasons why patients sometimes choose lumineers over traditional veneers is because the application process is significantly shorter. Let’s take a closer look at the details of both procedures:



There are numerous steps to the application of veneers. It starts with a consultation with your cosmetic dentist who will grind down a thin layer (roughly 2mm) of your teeth’s outer enamel surface. This is to ensure the veneers can fit properly onto your teeth. 

An impression mould of your mouth will then be made, ready for a dental laboratory to create your set of custom porcelain veneers. They will be shaped and sized to your mouth’s specifications. You’ll be given a set of temporary acrylic veneers whilst you wait for them to be made. This can take up to 4 weeks. Once they’re ready, your dentist will fix the veneers onto your natural teeth using a bonding solution.


Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require any prep work, including the grinding down of your teeth’s outer enamel layer. Instead, you’ll likely only have 2 appointments in total – the first being so your dentist can make the mould of your mouth and the second being around 4 weeks later when your new Lumineers can be fixed and applied. You will not need any temporary acrylic veneers whilst you wait for your custom Lumineers to be made.


Veneers Vs. Lumineers: What Materials Are They Made Of?


Both traditional veneers and Lumineers will improve the aesthetic of your smile, and generally they will look and feel similar. However, there are various key differences that you should be aware of:


Traditional veneers are usually made of porcelain or resin composite materials. Unlike porous tooth enamel, veneers are resistant to staining and help make your teeth look more ‘perfect’. They are also a permanent fixture because the tooth enamel is lost after it’s ground away. 


Lumineers are essentially an ultra-thin version of traditional veneers. They are made of Cerinate porcelain and are significantly more translucent too. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are considered semi-permanent because they can be removed with minimal damage.


Veneers Vs. Lumineers: How Much Will It Cost?


The cost of your veneers or Lumineers will differ depending on the cosmetic dentist you visit and your individual treatment needs. Just remember that you cannot put a price on improved self-esteem. 


Veneers are generally considered a better investment in the long run because they are a permanent fix. They can last anywhere from 8 to 20 years depending on how well you look after them. Book your consultation with us here today to find out the exact cost of your veneers treatment.


Lumineers are notably less expensive than veneers. This is because the procedure takes less time and requires fewer visits to the dentist. Lumineers can also typically last the same amount of time as traditional veneers too. Lumineer manufacturers claim they can even last up to 20 years!


Veneers or Lumineers?: The Final Verdict


So what is our final verdict? Which is better, Lumineers or veneers? Well, now that we’ve outlined the difference between veneers and Lumineers, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons:


Pros of Veneers:


Better for severely discoloured teeth

Veneers are slightly thicker than Lumineers and have a whiter and brighter appearance. As a result, they are the better option for patients with severely discoloured teeth.

Natural appearance

The majority of patients agree that traditional porcelain veneers look more realistic and natural.


Cons of Veneers:



Veneers are an irreversible fix because the enamel of the tooth has to be ground away. 

Risk of nerve damage

If not performed correctly, the grinding procedure can cause damage to the teeth and their nerve endings. 

More expensive and longer procedure

Due to the added prep work, veneers are usually more expensive and the procedure takes more time.

You have to wear temporary veneers

The temporary acrylic veneers you have to wear whilst your custom veneers are created can be an inconvenience.


Pros of Lumineers:


No enamel grinding required

No prep work is needed to fix them onto your natural teeth, which means there is no permanent enamel loss. (You also do not need to wear temporaries),

Less expensive and faster procedure

Lumineers are more affordable because there is no added prep work involved, and the procedure timeline is typically faster.


Lumineers are a reversible procedure and you can have them removed at a later date if you need to. 


Cons of Lumineers:


Not suitable for severely discoloured teeth

Due to them being more translucent, Lumineers are not suitable for severely discoloured teeth.

Increased risk of gum disease

Lumineers can often look and feel bulkier than traditional veneers and make it harder to clean around your gum line. As a result, Lumineers increase the risk of developing gum disease.

Less natural look 

Unlike veneers which can be matched well to your teeth colour, Lumineers can sometimes look less natural.


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