What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental Veneer Benefits

Veneers offer these advantages:

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.

  • Gums tolerates porcelain well.

  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.

  • A color can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.

  • They generally don’t require as much shaping as crowns do, yet they are stronger and look better.

Dental Veneer Risks

Downsides to dental veneers include:

  • The process cannot be undone.

  • Veneers cost more than composite resin bonding.

  • Veneers usually cannot be repaired if they chip or crack.

  • Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.

  • Veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth. Also, the veneer’s color cannot be altered once it’s in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.

  • Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails, chew on pencils, ice or other hard objects, or otherwise put too much pressure on your teeth.

  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.

  • Veneers are not a good choice for people with unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who don’t have enough existing enamel on the tooth surface.

  • People who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as this can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

Dental Veneer Lifespan

Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced

3 Types of Veneers: How to Decide Which Type is Right For You

Veneers are an innovative cosmetic dental product that are designed to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Typically, they are placed on your front teeth and on the sides that show when you smile. During the procedure, your dentist will bond the veneer directly onto your teeth and if they’re done correctly, they provide a very natural appearance.

How to Choose Between the Different Types of Veneers

Veneers come in several colors and materials, but whichever material you opt for, veneers are designed to be thin, stain resistant, and durable enough to withstand the natural wear and tear your teeth go through on a daily basis.

There are 3 main types of veneer materials, each with their own set of pros and cons:

1. Porcelain Veneers

These are often the veneers of choice for patients who want to make small alterations to their teeth, or change the tooth shape, size, and color. Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • They’re thinner compared to other veneers
  • You can enjoy a very natural tooth appearance
  • With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years
  • In most cases, none of the natural tooth has to be shaved down

Keep in Mind: Porcelain veneers may be extremely durable and natural looking, but they are also more expensive and require a special polishing paste. Also, if they break, they cannot be repaired and will require a replacement.

2. Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers are one of the most popular types of veneers used and are generally considered an excellent choice for many patients due to their:

  • Natural appearance
  • Ability to mimic your natural teeth
  • Durability

Keep in mind: Ceramic veneers can take longer to create than other types. You may also experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days after the treatment, but this is temporary.


3. Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are favored by some patients because of their cost-effectiveness. They can also usually be placed in just one treatment, reducing your need for numerous dental visits. Some of the other advantages of this type of veneer include:

  • They require less tooth preparation as compared to other veneers
  • The cost is typically half of that of porcelain veneers
  • High quality composite veneers can look natural

Keep in mind: Composite veneers may be more affordable, but they’re also more likely to stain, break, or chip. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers have a lifespan of approximately 5 years.