Houston area patients ask about the difference between Lumineers and traditional veneers

Natural Looking Porcelain veneers

The team of Houston’s Vivid Dental is here to help patients with a wide range of dental situations. They understand that oral health is important, but so is the appearance of the smile. When patients come to our practice interested in cosmetic procedures to address imperfections, they are encouraged to learn about solutions such as porcelain veneers.


Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are made to cover imperfections of the smile that may be detracting from its overall look. Anterior teeth that are fractured or unusually shaped are the perfect candidates for porcelain veneers. They are made as facings that are custom-fabricated to match the existing teeth and are bonded into place for coverage. They look completely natural and can last for many years when patients take good care of their smiles.


At Vivid Dental, we offer two varieties of veneers. We offer traditional veneers and facings called Lumineers. Patients often ask our team what the difference is between the two. The primary difference is the thickness of the veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers are relatively thin, but do require a portion of the enamel be removed ensure the veneers does not add unwanted bulk. This makes the procedure irreversible. Patients who consider porcelain veneers must understand that the removal of the enamel cannot be reversed later so the veneers should be an expected long-term solution. Lumineers, on the other hand, are thinner. In many cases, preparation is not needed and they can be bonded right over the teeth without the removal of enamel. They can be removed later.


The dentists of Vivid Dental offer both Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers. They encourage patients to learn more about each of them before making a decision. Both are economical solutions to common dental concerns and can be used by many of our patients who are ready to enhance their natural smiles. Call our practice today if you want to learn more about the advantages of using veneers or Lumineers.


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Dr. Monti Harpalani, Vivid Dental

Vivid Dental

Dr. Monti Harpalani

Dr. Monti Harpalani is one of the most respected and highly sought-after dentists in Houston TX. Having graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery, he furthered his passion for dentistry through a yearlong General Practice Residency at the Woodhull Medical Center in New York. Here he gained exposure to the fields of cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Since then Dr. Harpalani has had extensive hands-on experience and training in the varied facets of dental care and is keen on providing his patients with customized and comprehensive dental care. Through his dental practice, Vivid Dental, he brings to patients cutting edge and modern dental treatments such as Lumineers, Veneers, and Six Month Smiles. Also, he provides traditional solutions such as crowns, implants and root canal procedures and can also be contacted for dental emergencies.

11560 FM 1960 West,
Suite #200,
Houston, TX 77065
(281) 809 4902

Our Office Hours

Monday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Emergencies Seen Promptly


Amenities Offered

  • Friendly, Caring Staff
    (Each Has a Gentle Touch)
  • Living Room Style Waiting Area
  • TVs in Treatment Rooms
    (PLUS Pillows, Blankets, & Warm Scented Towels)
  • Internet Station &
    Complimentary Refreshments
    in Reception Area
  • Insurance Friendly &
    Flexible Financing