Veneers vs. Lumineers: What’s the Difference?

If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry in Chapel Hill, you may have heard of veneers and Lumineers (also called “no-prep veneers”). Not sure what the difference is between these two cosmetic treatments? For the most part, these treatments are very similar. Here’s everything you need to know about each treatment to help you navigate the differences and help you determine which option is best for you and your smile:  

Lumineers Are Thinner Than Veneers & Require Minimal Preparation

Essentially, Lumineers function just the same as veneers with only one major difference. While traditional veneers are usually about 0.5mm thick, Lumineers are only about 0.2mm thick. This is about the same thickness of a contact lens.

What this means is that Lumineers, unlike traditional veneers, can typically be placed without trimming away any of your natural enamel. Due to the thickness of traditional veneers, your teeth must be trimmed before they are placed to ensure that they don’t look bulky or awkward in your mouth. This process is not reversible, and can be uncomfortable for some patients.

Lumineers, on the other hand, usually require no preparation before they are placed. Because they are so thin, they can fit over your teeth without removing any enamel. This means that the procedure is less invasive, and can even be reversed in the future, if you wish.

The Pros And Cons Of Lumineers Vs. Traditional Veneers

Now that you know a little bit about the differences between traditional veneers and Lumineers, let’s take a look at a few of the pros and cons of Lumineers as compared to traditional veneers:


  • Lumineers typically do not require the removal of any enamel, so the procedure is reversible and less invasive
  • You can have Lumineers placed without any shots or anesthetic, since there is no need to trim your teeth
  • Lumineers are just as versatile as traditional porcelain veneers, and can completely restore your smile
  • Your new smile will last 15+ years, which is comparable to traditional veneers


  • Lumineers can sometimes feel bulkier than veneers, since they do not require any tooth trimming
  • Lumineers are very thin, so they are less effective at covering up stained teeth and there are fewer colors to choose from
  • Lumineers are more fragile compared to traditional veneers and can be chipped or broken more easily due to their thin design
  • Lumineers are often more costly than traditional veneers

Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Lumineers and traditional veneers can treat the same basic issues, ranging from gaps in your smile, slightly-crooked teeth and uneven teeth to minor chips and stained teeth. As long as you have a healthy mouth and are free of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease, you are likely a good candidate for either traditional veneers or Lumineers.

However, since Lumineers are thinner, they are not always the best choice for all patients. To determine if Lumineers are right for you, Dr. Mistry will consider things like your bite and how your teeth fit together, whether or not you grind your teeth, and a number of other factors.

To schedule a consultation, just give us a call at (919) 338-7010, or stop by our office at 26 Knox Way, Suite 400, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

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