You probably already know that cosmetic dentistry is one of the best ways to achieve a beautiful smile you can be confident in quickly. But if you’re like many people, you may have some questions about which option is best for you and your smile. One of the questions we often hear is about the difference between traditional dental veneers and Lumineers. If you would like to learn more about these options, this week’s blog post is for you!


Dental veneers are a wonderful way to cover upfront teeth that make you feel less than confident. Both traditional veneers and Lumineers can enhance teeth that are suffering from the following problems:

  • Cracks and chips

  • Stains or discoloration that hasn’t responded to teeth whitening

  • Small gaps

  • Misalignments

  • Oddly shaped teeth

You must have healthy teeth in order to support cosmetic treatments and procedures like veneers or Lumineers. If you are free of gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental problems, you should discuss getting a cosmetic procedure. But if you do have a dental issue, be sure to correct that first with the help of your dentist.

But what’s the difference between traditional veneers and Lumineers? Let’s take a closer look.


While they’re very thin, traditional veneers do require just the tiniest bit of tooth preparation — meaning your dentist will shave a small portion off the surface of your tooth to make room for your porcelain veneer. That means once you’ve had these veneers, you’ll always need something covering your tooth to protect your teeth. They’re a permanent solution.

Because some tooth preparation is necessary for dental veneers, you’ll feel confident knowing that your dentist has the resources and technology to formulate and create the perfect veneers for you the very first time.

Contrary to veneers, Lumineers can be placed without removing any of your natural tooth’s surface. That means patients choosing this option get to keep the layer of enamel that protects the teeth — and if they ever wish for their veneers to be removed, they won’t necessarily need another replacement on top. And because the process is less involved than that of traditional veneers, Lumineers are quickly placed in our Orlando office.

Which one is right for you? Call your local dentist to discuss the two options and which may be better for your lifestyle.


If you’re interested in learning which dental veneer option is right for you and your smile, don’t wait to contact Sand Lake Dental!  As your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ziyad Maali is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams with simple solutions. Feel free to contact our helpful office team today.

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