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Everything You Need to Know About Veneers and Lumineers

July 1, 2019
Posted By: Rush Creek Dentistry
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Teeth are difficult to maintain. They're subject to all kinds of issues such as being worn down, chipped, or stained. You might even be born with a crooked smile. Should any of those issues strike, it's important to combat them. One way to do so is by asking your dentist about veneers and lumineers. 

What Are Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of material that's placed over a tooth. Here's what a veneer can do:

  • Fix uneven or misshapen teeth. Veneers can be placed over misshapen teeth to make them match the straight ones. Unfortunately, a dentist will have to remove a small layer of enamel first. 
  • Restore color. If you have discolored or stained teeth, veneers can return them to a more uniform color.
  • Look natural. Veneers resemble natural enamel, which results in a better smile. They're also stain-resistant and they don't need any teeth whitening.

What's the Difference Between Veneers & Lumineers?

At this point, veneers must sound downright heavenly. They're a great solution to your problems, but they're not the only solution. Over at Rush Creek Dentistry, we offer another type of veneer known as a lumineer. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Unlike veneers, lumineers don't need any removal of enamel or restructuring of teeth. They're thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, and can be removed without changing your teeth.
  • Lumineers are far more durable than traditional veneers. They can last up to two full decades while veneers generally last anywhere from seven to fifteen years.
  • A dentist can apply lumineers much quicker and easier than veneers.


Lumineers are veneers that don't require nearly as much prep time as the traditional set. While they may seem like the obvious choice, it's important to talk to your dentist before making a decision. 

At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about the wellbeing of our patients. We'll always recommend what's best for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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