The Difference Between Lumineers & Veneers

Whilst Lumineers and veneers operate the same way, they do differ when it comes to their procedures and the effects they have on the original tooth.

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When it comes to dental flaws, lumineers and veneers are perfect as they can improve your smile and hide imperfections.

Constructed from natural materials, the small porcelain shells bond to your existing teeth and covers an array of dental problems like stains, discolouration and chipped teeth.


Veneers are the popular choice among patients – this is because they are thinner and have more of a natural look in comparison to lumineers.

Fitting veneers requires that the original tooth is partially removed and reshaped. In order to achieve a natural look, Dr Bloom will remove around 5mm of the orginal tooth’s surface.

The enamel will be stripped, which means that the tooth will remain unprotected until the veneer has been placed.

The removal of the enamel can make some patients nervous because it is permanent, so once the process has begun it cannot be reversed.

Fitting veneers can take up to two visits.

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Lumineers act just the same as veneers. However, lumineers are known to be less invasive.

The original tooth will remain unchanged, and the enamel will not be touched. So, when it comes to a long-term solution, patients prefer this process.

However, lumineers are much thinner than Veneers – about the same size as a contact lens. And this means that the overall look and feel may appear and feel bulkier.

So, in this case, it’s important to opt for an experienced dental practitioner, who will be able to create a flawless, all-natural smile.

Plus, lumineers have a quicker application than Veneers as they do not require the teeth to be shaved down beforehand.

Typically, lumineers take two visits to apply.

So, it’s essential before you decide to undergo either of the procedures to know the differences and review your options.

But because everyone is different, it is highly advised to have a personalised consultation with our award-winning restorative dentist; Dr Bloom, who will make sure you choose the best option for you.

The Similarities

Lumineers and veneers are very similar. Both function the same and improve the appearance of crooked or stained teeth and are used to cover gaps between teeth.

Both options will be able to provide you with not only a whiter smile but a brighter one too.

Neither one is more comfortable than the other, and both pull off a very natural-looking smile. Other similarities include:

  • Veneers and lumineers are both made out of a thin layer of porcelain
  • They are long-lasting and very durable
  • Both are easy to maintain
  • Neither will stain over time
  • They are both custom-made and are priced similarly

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Many reasons patients in London and beyond choose us is because of our attention to detail, the care we provide, how we prepare and the results we achieve.

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Pain-free Treatments

Veneers are usually not painful whilst you are having the treatment.

However, some have reported slight sensitivity during the settling down after the final fitting – this is quite normal and nothing to worry over. It usually only lasts for a few days and very soon after subsidies. More.

The sensitivity is due to the bonding process where an inorganic substance (the veneer) bonded to an organic component (your tooth).

In complex cases, involving a large amount of treatment, you may experience a little uncomfortableness while your teeth settle down.

Treatment Plan
  • At your first appointment, your dentist will look at the general health of your teeth and gums, your bite and understand your goals for your smile; and then see if any fundamental issues need addressing before cosmetic veneer work can begin.
  • We will also discuss the type of veneers that may be suitable and how many veneers you’ll likely need to achieve your desired smile. In some patients, it may be possible to get some veneers placed at an initial phase and then have the possibility of additional shells in the future.


Minimal or No Preparation
  • We will always plan your new smile before any treatment begins. We aim to provide you with the most conservative and preservative dentistry.
  • To prevent excessive tooth preparation, we design your new smile in a way that minimises tooth preparation. We also provide options to have orthodontic or teeth straightening treatment carried out before any cosmetic veneer work starts.
  • Your teeth are already well aligned, so very minimal or hardly any tooth preparation becomes necessary.
  • If you are concerned, we advise that you speak to us in your complimentary consultation. We will be able to provide you with suitable solutions. More.

Veneer Costs

Treatment Cost
£600 to £750 per tooth
£600 to £750 per tooth
£850 to £950 per tooth

Benefits include:

  • Non-invasive treatment: requires little tooth preparation beforehand, so teeth are not weakened.

  • Drill-free: Drills are only used sparingly to help with bonding.

  • Customised, patient-specific smile: Veneers can be used along with other subtle changes in your smile or a complete set of veneers and create a more extreme smile makeover. All treatments will leave you with a beautiful straight smile.

  • Impressive cosmetic results:  We use porcelain material to create beautiful aesthetic results. Ultrathin veneers are a unique and popular cosmetic dentistry solution.

  • Does not increase teeth sensitivity: Since hardly any enamel is removed, you are less likely to experience sensitivity in your teeth post-treatment.

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    Veneer Guide

    We often recommend veneers for our patients looking to achieve new, breathtaking and durable smiles.

    Veneers have many more amazing advantages to both dental hygiene and general health – this is because their purpose is to create a stable and healthy oral foundation and improve patients’ smiles.

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    We use a variety of types of veneers, from porcelain to composite. 

    Veneer treatments are ideal for helping conditions such as gum disease, tooth sensitivity, or jaw pain caused by bite problems.

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    One of the reasons why they are a popular choice for many is that they correct a wide range of orthodontic and oral health problems, including: 

    Not only can veneers improve your appearance but they have the potential to better your oral health and hygiene in the following ways.