“The fundamental difference between the two is that lumineers is a non-invasive procedure while veneers are slightly invasive. Lumineers are not for all teeth. Lumineer placement is case specific and takes a very skilled dentist to perform.”
Porcelain veneers and lumineers are both used in cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth imperfections. However, although the two are quite similar in cost, function and provides the same benefits to the patient, there are a few differences that makes each procedure unique.
The procedure of using porcelain veneers can possess some problems as it involves a reshaping of the tooth. Since veneers need to be placed on the tooth, the dentist has to remove above 5mm of the tooth enamel to avoid a bulky and unnatural look. This causes the tooth to lose its natural enamel and it will no longer be protected by anything other than the porcelain veneer.
Given that porcelain veneers are custom-made, it can be replaced without any problems. Veneers last longer than lumineers, but in some cases if the veneers need to be removed the tooth will no longer be protected by anything.
Lumineers are an improved version of the porcelain veneer. They might be as thin as a contact lens, but they are tremendously durable and can be placed on the tooth without making any alterations to the tooth. Therefore, the placement of lumineers does not involve the peeling of the tooth enamel, making it a better long term solution than veneers. The additional benefits of lumineers are well worth it, as the tooth is still protected by its natural enamel even when the lumineers need to be removed.