Types of Dental Veneers

There are two types of veneers that are commonly used; porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers are more durable and resist stains better. The properties of the material also help to create a very natural look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span and are less expensive.

When should you consider dental veneers? You can talk to your dentist about dental veneers if:

  • Your teeth are stained or discolored
  • Your teeth are crooked or misshaped
  • Your teeth have spaces between them
  • Your teeth are broken or chipped

How Dental Veneers Are Done

Typically, porcelain veneers require two visits to your dentist required. At the first visit, three important steps are completed:

Firstly, your teeth are prepared to be fitted with veneers, which tends to involve trimming a portion of the teeth so that the veneer can be bonded on top.

Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth or tooth which will then be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer.

Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer (depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed). This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneers are prepared at the laboratory.

At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer will be placed and the dentist will ensure that it fits properly and comfortably. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded.