Veneers – What You Should Know

Excerpt: Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as white, healthy-looking smiles continue to become a marker for good health.
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Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as white, healthy looking smiles continue to become a marker for good health. Having a set of white unstained teeth is a goal of many, and regardless of how your current set of teeth appears, veneers can make them seem like new!

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers (sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, or dental porcelain laminates), are thin, shell like coverings that are custom-designed to enhance your smile. A dentist will take these custom shells and match them to your teeth by adjusting the, color, length, shape, and size of the veneer. After the shell is matched up, it will then be bonded to your teeth for a long-term solution. 

Are There Different Types Of Veneers?

Veneers are designed out of multiple different types, and combinations of materials, depending on the purpose of the veneer. 

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most esthetic and least damaging material for your teeth. It is also one of the strongest, and longest-lasting materials veneers can be made out of. The chances of the porcelain veneer harming your mouth or gums are very low as they are very biocompatible.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice as they are a permanent, long-lasting, solution that will guarantee a cosmetic improvement over your previous smile.

Here are the benefits of porcelain veneers:
  • More cosmetic
  • Stain resistant
  • Strong & durable
  • Smooth texture
  • Easy maintenance

Composite Resin veneers

Composite veneers are made out of composite resin. This resin is a mixture of organic as well as inorganic materials. The natural material in the resin contains the initiator, the resin, and the coupling agent. The primary organic material is the filler for the veneer. The bonding material used to make composite resin veneers is similar to tooth-colored dental fillings. While durable, composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain.

Composite veneers are a great cosmetic dental solution as they are less expensive than a porcelain veneer, but they tend to be more susceptible to stains over time.

Benefits of composite resin veneers:
  • Less expensive than porcelain
  • Relatively strong
  • Natural looking
  • Easy to repair

How are veneers inserted into your mouth?

First a mold will be created for the veneers, after the mold is created, the veneers will be made based on this mold. This process is done in a lab and may take a week or more. After your veneers have been created, you can schedule your appointment to have them cemented in.

During the cementation process, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly to achieve the best adhesion possible. This will also reduce/remove and bacteria that may be there, this will stave off infection under the veneer.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

 Since veneers are purely made for esthetic reasons, they can be expensive, and depending on your dental insurance plan, they may or may not be covered. The only way to know for sure is to call your specific provider, and ask them directly. 

Resin veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers, but veneers can range from hundreds of dollars to a thousand or more dollars per tooth, depending on the requirements.

Veneer Aftercare

Veneers are significantly less intrusive and impactful then most other dental procedures since they just cover the front of your tooth and are generally fairly easy to insert. Mostly veneers won’t change your day-to-day regimen at all as they are just simple durable appliances.


Unlike something like a crown, where you may have to floss or brush more vigorously, or even watch what you eat. With veneers you will be ok, however, if you want to optimize the lifespan of the veneer, you can avoid:


  • Chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, or fingernails.
  • Using your teeth to open packages.
  • Chewing with your front teeth.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth. 
And lastly, if you do play sports, or do rigorous physical activity, you should always wear a mouthguard, ideally a custom mouthguard made by Smiles Dental Group.

Should you consider veneers?

Most people are not going to consider veneers as they are expensive and are mainly just there to enhance your smile. However, if you have the budget/or insurance, and you really feel you would benefit from veneers, you can always visit a Smiles Dental Group dental clinic at these locations here. As we mentioned previously, they will have very little, if any impact on your daily activities so veneers can be an excellent addition for adults.
If you were to use a dental appliance such as braces, or Invisalign, they will help to straighten your teeth, but will not change the color, and they are much more invasive. Think of veneers as a insert and forget appliance.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, you can eat with removable veneers in your mouth. You should clean them after each meal. Identify any early issues and make sure your child’s smile is on track to be beautiful.

Composite veneers will not ruin your teeth or negatively impact your oral health. However, minor tooth removal is necessary before the veneer is placed. A composite veneer cannot be removed because your natural tooth structure will not grow back.

Porcelain and composite veneers are irremovable. Lumineers and snap-on veneers can be removed but are less durable than traditional teeth veneers.

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, more natural-looking, and more durable than composite veneers. Composite veneers are weaker and more prone to stains over time than porcelain veneers. They also do not last as long, but are cheaper.

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