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Which Should You Get: Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dominic Carlson @ 9:55 am
A close-up of a smile with porcelain veneers

You may want to get porcelain veneers if you’re trying to treat serious smile flaws. These ceramic layers are versatile and can address a wide range of imperfections! Still, some dentists offer another veneer type called Lumineers as well. As such, you may not know which of the two is right for you. Even so, though, there’s no reason to fear; your Bakersfield dentist can help you decide. Read on to learn the varying strengths and weaknesses of porcelain veneers and Lumineers.

Porcelain Veneers

As their name implies, porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain layers that dentists apply to the fronts of teeth. Their main purpose is to hide unsightly dental issues from view.

The Upsides

Compared to Lumineers, porcelain veneers are highly durable, stain-resistant, and glossy. These traits make them well-suited to hide severe decay or stains that are otherwise hard to cover up.

Furthermore, their material makes them a long-lasting treatment. For instance, veneers last ten to fifteen years on average. With proper care, their lifespan can reach twenty or even thirty years!

The Downsides

On the other hand, porcelain veneer treatment can be invasive and lengthy.

You see, a dentist has to remove some of your enamel to apply these veneers. As a result, the ceramic layers are permanently bonded to your teeth. You can’t “go back” once you get them.

Furthermore, porcelain veneers are more expensive than Lumineers. In fact, they often cost a few thousand dollars per tooth.


Sometimes called “no-prep” veneers, Lumineers are made of laminate. This material makes them easier to apply than porcelain versions.

The Upsides

The laminate used in Lumineers means they need less preparation. More specifically, they don’t require your dentist to remove any tooth enamel. Rather, their placement only involves having a dental impression done for the treated teeth.

Due to preserving your enamel, Lumineers are also reversible. In other words, you can have them taken off if you change your mind about treatment.

On average, Lumineers also cost several hundred dollars less than porcelain veneers.

The Downsides

Cosmetically speaking, Lumineers aren’t as good at hiding stains and damage. Due to their transparency, more severe staining might show through them.

Lumineers also don’t last as long as porcelain veneers. Even when well-maintained, their largest lifespan only reaches ten to twenty years.

The above features should give you an idea of whether veneers or Lumineers are better for you. Before making a final decision, though, make sure to consult with your local dentist.

About the Practice

Carlson Dentistry is based in Bakersfield, CA. As led by the titular Dr. Dominic G. Carlson, our practice strives to know patients prior to treating them. Therefore, we personalize our preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments to meet your dental needs. The same goes for our emergency procedures and even our dental sedation services. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (661)-327-7301.