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Porcelain Veneers VS Lumineers

Deciding Between Porcelain Veneers and LUMINEERS

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Veneers are widely considered the quickest, most lifelike option for transforming the look of your smile from top to bottom. However, in order to place veneers, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel must first remove a conservative amount of enamel to make room for the thin porcelain shells. This is a drawback for many patients who want to preserve as much of their natural tooth structure as possible. For this reason, we offer LUMINEERS® as a minimal-prep alternative at our Queens, NY, practice. During your consultation at Astoria Dental Group, we can help you decide whether veneers or Lumineers is the right choice for you.

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Jonathan talks about his experience with the Astoria Dental Group and how Dr. Degel’s experience and chairside manner keep him coming back.

Similarities Between Veneers and LUMINEERS

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One of the greatest similarities between both options is how they can be used. Both veneers and Lumineers can effectively conceal:
Both options are custom-made to match your facial features and desired results. They are made up of thin, hand-layered porcelain that has a lifelike shine and shade. Porcelain is stain-resistant and simple to maintain, which means you can care for your veneers and Lumineers in the same way as natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

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One of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at our New York City office is porcelain veneers. In this clip, Dr. Degel talks about porcelain veneers, the procedure that can dramatically improve your smile in just two visits.

Major Differences Between Treatments

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When deciding between the two treatments, however, there are some important differences to consider.


Because Lumineers require less removal of enamel, they are a good choice for patients who have dental anxiety. However, for patients with extensive cosmetic concerns, they may not be the best choice. Lumineers are appropriate for patients who only need minor cosmetic modifications, but they are so thin that they might not provide the most effective coverage of severe discoloration or yellowed teeth. Consequently, traditional veneers are a better choice for patients who need more comprehensive coverage.


Both veneers and Lumineers are ultra-thin, wafer-like porcelain shells. Porcelain veneers typically measure about 0.5mm in thickness, while Lumineers can be as thin as 0.2mm or about the same thickness as a contact lens. Because Lumineers are so thin, however, they may not be the best choice for severe discoloration, which may still be visible through the thin porcelain.


The most notable difference between these restorations is the preparation that the teeth must undergo prior to placement. Prior to placing traditional veneers, one of our dentists will remove a conservative amount of enamel from the selected tooth. Enamel is an important part of your tooth structure and protects the dentin from bacteria that causes cavities. While veneers will protect your teeth once they are in place, they will need to be replaced for the rest of your life to prevent oral health issues.
Alternatively, Lumineers are minimal-prep veneers. They are thin enough that they can be bonded to your tooth without enamel removal.

Final Results

One of the temporary side effects of porcelain veneers is tooth sensitivity after enamel removal. This is less common with Lumineers. However, regardless of which option you choose, you can enjoy a brilliantly enhanced smile for many years to come.
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Both veneers and Lumineers can effectively straighten out minorly misaligned teeth and conceal small defects.

Not Sure Which One is Right For You?

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The only way to determine whether veneers of Lumineers are right for you is to schedule a consultation at Astoria Dental Group. Our doctors will examine the extent of your cosmetic issues and recommend which treatment option will best help you achieve your desired results. To ensure that cost does not make your decision for you, we offer several financing options.
Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call us at (718) 866-3710 or contact us online for more information.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
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December 9, 2023
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September 15, 2023
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August 12, 2023
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Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.
Frank Navas
March 4, 2022
Have been a long time patient. Dr Degel and staff are top notch and professional! He does AMAZING work the whole experience is very comfortable pain & stress free. They also will work with you on how to pay for services and help you improve your dental health which ultimately improves your overall health and well-being!! Thank Astoria Dental and Dr Degel & Staff!!
Jeff Fralick
March 1, 2022
Dr Degel and his staff did outstanding work for me. Very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Astoria Dental Group to anyone looking for quality dental work. I had my entire top replaced with new implants and I feel like a new person. 5 stars all around!

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