Veneers and Lumineers: What Is the Difference?

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With a multitude of avenues one can take to achieve their wanted dental cosmetic aesthetic, there might not be anything as versatile as veneers or Lumineers®. Taking pride in your smile through any dental procedure, no matter how large or insignificant, is no small undertaking.

Even though veneers and Lumineers® are similar in many aspects and are thin coatings applied to teeth, there are a few differences to know when planning, which will assist in your cosmetic dental goals.


Typically made from porcelain, veneers are permanent coatings applied to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can imbue an individual with a flawless appearance by correcting teeth chips and cracks, discolorization, or crooked teeth.

These thin, wafer-like coatings are placed over the existing tooth or teeth to correct most cosmetic dental issues you may have. While the main focus of veneers is to beautify your smile, veneers can also provide other benefits such as strengthening your teeth and your bite. 

The permanent beautification veneers grant a person can last up to 20 years with proper application and after-care. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time during the consultation and preparation stages, as it can take longer for your veneers to be crafted and sent back to the dental office.


If you are looking for a semi-permanent procedure to achieve your cosmetic dental goals, Lumineers® is the route you should take. Just as with veneers, Lumineers® can drastically alter the appearance of your teeth, but the application of Lumineers® takes less time than veneers. Lumineers® rejuvenates old dental work, like dental crowns, by brightening your smile once more. The enamel of your teeth may need a slight alteration or, in some cases, no alteration at all, in contrast to veneers, which often require more modification of your enamel.

The ultra-thin coatings used are durable, and in the hands of an experienced cosmetic dentist, your Lumineers® results may last up to 20 years or longer. Perfecting the shape of your teeth and whitening your smile with Lumineers® is a simple and effective means of accomplishing a red-carpet smile.

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Whether through the use of veneers or Lumineers®, you deserve to look and feel your best. Allow an expert, Dr. Ronald Konig, to perfectly craft your unique dental design to give you a stunningly beautiful and functionally strong smile. In Houston, Dr. Ronald Konig has provided numerous patients with veneers and Lumineers® and many other cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve life-changing smile aesthetics. To schedule a consultation, call 713-668-2289.

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