Dental Veneers and Lumineers

Dental veneers and Lumineers (also known as porcelain dental laminates) are a thin cover of tooth-colored material that covers the front teeth. These are used to fill teeth gap, to fix broken teeth, and for teeth whitening.

Veneers are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth to correct their color, shape, size, or length.

Veneers last for over 20 years. Veneers and Lumineers costs approximately USD $ 1260 per tooth in USA and USD $ 90 per tooth outside USA.

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Veneer Cases

  • Veneers last very long, over 20 years
  • It is a completely painless procedure
  • It is permanent and non-removable
  • It can be done in 4-5 days

Veneers are permanent solution for teeth whitening, remove stains, to fill teeth gaps and to fix broken teeth.

Uses of Veneeers

Advantages and Disadvantages of Veneers

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • Porcelain veneers require tooth reduction, but, lumineers do not require tooth reduction.
  • Porcine veneers might cause tooth sensitivity, but, lumineers do not cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Veneers and lumineers cost approximately $ 1260 per tooth in USA and $ 90 per tooth outside USA.
  • Veneers requires a total of 2 visits within 4 days.

Types of Veneers

Veneers are of three types:

These are strong and require no trimming of teeth.

These are the strongest type of veneers but require a little trimming of teeth.

These are very weak, and not recommended. Composite veneers break very easily.

Lumineers

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  • Lumineers are very thin veneers of 0.2 – 0.3 mm in thickness.
  • Lumineers require no tooth reduction. It is the most non-invasive type of veneer.
  • The tooth might feel bit heavy for some time because they are placed without any tooth reduction, but after a few days, the heaviness does not feel.
  • It is the most non-invasive type of veneer.
  • Lumineers last for around 10 years. Life of Lumineers is more than composite veneers but slightly less than porcelain veneers.
  • Lumineers cost slightly more than porcelain veneers.
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Porcelain Veneers

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  • Porcelain veneers are 0.5 mm in thickness
  • Porcelain veneers are placed after slight tooth reduction.
  • Porcelain veneers are the strongest tooth veneers and last for 20 years.
  • Porcelain veneers allows a perfect fit without making teeth heavy because a small amount of tooth surface is removed to make space for the veneers.
  • They cost more than composite veneers, and slightly less than lumineers.
  • They are very difficult to break or crack.
  • Veneers and Lumineers both are equally good, and cost almost the same.
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Composite Veneers

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  • Composite veneers are made using composite dental cement. The cement is directly applied to the tooth surface.
  • Composite veneers generally require a single visit.
  • Composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers and lumineers.
  • Composite veneers last for around 3 years
  • They tend to stain and don’t look very natural.
  • They chip or fracture much more easily than porcelain veneers and lumineers.
  • They do not require trimming of teeth and are non-invasive.
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Veneers Vs Lumineers

Veneers

  • Veneers are 0.5 mm in thickness
  • Veneers are stronger than lumineers and last 20+ years.
  • Veneers require mild tooth reduction

Lumineers

  • Lumineers are 0.2 mm to 0.3 mm in thickness
  • Lumineers last for 10 years
  • Lumineers require no tooth reduction

Composite Vs Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers last for 20 years
  • They do not dis-color
  • They are strong and don’t break easily
  • Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers
  • They require mild tooth reduction

Composite Veneers

  • Composite veneers last for 3 years
  • Composite veneers discolor very soon
  • They tend to break often
  • Composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneer
  • They do not require tooth reduction and are non-invasive

Cost of Dental Veneers in USA - $ 1260 per tooth

The average cost of dental veneers in USA is $ 1260 per tooth. So, if you want multiple veneers then the total cost of veneers is calculated by multiplying the cost of one veneer with the total number of veneers.

Total cost of veneers = $ 1260 X total number of veneers

VeneersCalculationTotal Cost
10 veneers$ 1260  X  10$ 12600
20 veneers$ 1260  X  20$ 25200
Calculation

Affordable & Low-Cost Veneers

Veneers are very expensive in USA, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of USA for 4-5 days for the dental treatment.

For example, at our clinic, the cost of dental veneers is $ 90 per tooth which is 14 times lower than the average cost in USA. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.

Please read more about dental tourism here.

Dental Tourism

Cost of Dental Veneers outside USA - $ 90 per tooth

The cost of dental veneers outside USA at our clinic is $ 90 per tooth. So, if you want multiple veneers then the total cost of veneers is calculated by multiplying the cost of one veneer with the total number of veneers.

Total cost of veneers = $ 90 X total number of veneers

VeneersCalculationTotal Cost
10 veneers$ 90  X  10$ 900
20 veneers$ 90  X  20$ 1800
Calculation

Procedure for Placing Veneers and Lumineers

Veneers and Lumineers are placed in 2 visits at a gap of 3 days.

First Visit: In the first visit, the doctor does a thorough checkup and makes impressions of mouth. In case of veneers, the impression is made after reducing the teeth, whereas for Lumineers, impressions are made without tooth reduction.

The first visits takes 30-60 minutes.

Second Visit: It takes around 3-4 days for the lab to prepare the veneers. So, in the second visit, after a gap of 3-4 days, they are glued to the teeth surface using very strong chemical.

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The second visit takes a longer time because each veneer or lumineer takes 20-30 minutes to apply on one tooth. So, if you have multiple veneers then its can take upto 7-8 hours to apply on all teeth.

Precautions after Treatment

  • Eat soft food for 24 hours after the surgery
  • Avoid hot food and drinks for 24 hours after surgery
  • Do not drink from straw for 24 hours
  • Do not spit or gargle or rinse harshly for 24 hours
  • Take prescribed medicine on time
  • Keep your teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene.
Precautions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better Veneers or Lumineers?

Lumineers are completely non-invasive, thus are better unless of course otherwise decided by the dentist.

What is the difference between veneer and a crown?

veneers are thin shell-like covering only on the front of the tooth, where as crowns cover the tooth like a cap.

Can veneers or lumminers come off?

Veneers and lumineers do not come off easily. In case if they do because of any accident or injury, they can be easily put back by the dentist.

Who should get veneers done?

Anyone with stained or broken or chipped teeth, can improve their smile with veneers or lumineers. Mildly irregular or gaps between teeth can easily be corrected by veneers and lumineers.

Will the veneers improve shade of my teeth?

definitely, veneers are mostly use to permanently improve the color of teeth and hence brighten your smile. And therefore one does not need teeth whitening.

Do veneers cause tooth sensitivity?

Generally, veneers require very minimal trimming of teeth, causing negligible to no sensitivity. However, Lumineers require no cutting of teeth, thus sensitivity can not occur.

Are they painful?

The whole procedure of placing veneers starting right from the tooth reduction, till the time veneers are placed, is completely painless. It might cause some sensitivity while the tooth is being prepared but that can be taken care off by an anesthetic. After the veneers are placed, you might feel uncomfortable for few hours or a couple of days. This happens because the lips and tongue need some time to adjust to the new size of the teeth. Overall it is a very pleasant cosmetic procedure.


Frequently asked questions

Are they painful?

 

The whole procedure of placing veneers starting right from the tooth reduction, till the time veneers are placed, is completely painless!! It might cause some sensitivity while the tooth is being prepared but that can be taken care off by an anesthetic. After the veneers are placed, you might feel uncomfortable for few hours or a couple of days. This happens because the lips and tongue need some time to adjust to the new size of the teeth. Overall it is a very pleasant cosmetic procedure.

 

How long do veneers last?

 

Porcelain veneers, specifically Lumineers, are designed to last 15 years or longer. If you take care of your teeth, you can reasonably expect to not worry about your veneers for several decades.

Are veneers durable?

Yes! Lumineers do not stain, crack, or detach from the tooth. The porcelain used is as solid as enamel. After your veneers are applied, you won’t even realize you have them—except when you look at your beautiful smile in the mirror.

Do I need to see the dentist more often with veneers?

Many dentists do want to see veneer patients a couple of weeks after the procedure to check on their new smiles. After that, no extra visits are required, though you should still visit your dentist twice a year as part of your smart oral health plan.

Is there any reason a veneer would need to be removed?

If a tooth with a veneer develops a cavity, the only way to get to it is to remove the veneer. Also, any trauma that might damage veneer need a necessitate removal or replacement. Although most veneer patients enjoy their new smiles for a decade and beyond.

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