The process of receiving porcelain veneers involves reshaping the natural tooth structure beneath, which is permanent and cannot be reversed without dental attention. On the other hand, Lumineers generally require little to no preparation, which means you natural tooth structure remains intact.
Porcelain veneers typically last 10-15 years with good brushing and flossing habits, while Lumineers can last up to 10 years.
Porcelain veneers require moderate tooth preparation prior to placement, which includes trimming and reshaping your existing enamel for the best possible fit. Lumineers require little to no preparation, which means they can be applied without changing the tooth structure. That said, tooth preparation is generally a painless procedure thanks to local anesthesia and the latest techniques.
It usually takes 2-3 appointments to receive a new set of veneers or Lumineers. This includes your initial consultation, preparation, and application.