Dental Veneers Explained

Dental veneers can improve cosmetically unattractive teeth such as broken or chipped teeth, crooked teeth or gaps and discoloured teeth. They are usually made of porcelain but can also be made from composite resin.


Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab to create the veneers. You will need at least three appointments: one to discuss the procedure, the second for tooth preparation and construction, and a third appointment to apply the veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that convincingly substitute for natural tooth enamel. They correct many cosmetic issues, such as chipped or stained teeth, crooked teeth, discoloration that won’t respond to bleaching, uneven tooth size, and gaps between teeth.

They may also address the effects of acid reflux disease on your teeth, which can cause teeth to become worn down or stained with time. While they’re stain-resistant, you may want to brush your teeth after meals or drinks that are known to stain (like coffee or red wine) and avoid biting into hard objects like ice or nuts.

Unlike some dental procedures that require months to complete, you can get veneers in just two visits to the dentist. The first visit includes a consultation to evaluate your oral health and discuss your smile goals. The dentist will also review the available treatment options and how they would address your specific needs. During this visit the dentist prepares your teeth by lightly buffing or shaping them to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A model or impression of your teeth will be made, and a temporary restoration is placed on your teeth while the permanent veneers are made in a laboratory.

When you return for your second appointment, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and applies the permanent veneers. They will check the fit and color of the veneers, and bonding cement is used to seal them onto your teeth. A special light is then used to harden the cement and set the veneers into place.

Porcelain Crowns

In the case of porcelain crowns, your dentist can shape and colour them to look like natural teeth, and they’re a great option for people with stained or damaged teeth that don’t respond to whitening treatments. They can also be used to treat crooked teeth, and to hide gaps. However, because a thin layer of enamel is removed to place the veneers, you may experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids. This can be alleviated with the use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, or by visiting your dentist for a regular dental clean and check-up.

Porcelain veneers aren’t suitable for every type of tooth, and they can be particularly challenging to place over teeth that have large fillings, or that are weakened by fracture, decay, or gum disease. They’re also not a good choice for people who grind or clench their teeth, as this can cause the veneers to dislodge or crack.

To get veneers, you’ll need to visit your dentist at least twice – the first appointment for a consultation and impressions, and the second to have them constructed and applied. Recovery from these appointments should be fairly easy, and your teeth will feel the same as they did before the procedure. You might notice some rough patches, but these will improve after a few days and can be smoothed out by your dentist.

Porcelain Bridges

When a patient loses a tooth, they might need a bridge to replace the missing tooth. This will help distribute the bite force evenly throughout the mouth and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space. In addition, this will improve their ability to chew and speak normally.

Porcelain dental bridges are typically made from porcelain fused to metal. But recent breakthroughs in bonding materials and stronger ceramics have allowed dentists to construct bridges that can be built with no metal at all. These new kinds of porcelain bridges do not need to have a metal core to be strong enough to support the missing tooth, and they can look just as natural.

The first step in getting porcelain veneers is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During this visit, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss all available treatment options. They will also explain what to expect from the procedure, including the duration and costs associated with each option. They will also identify any potential concerns that should be addressed before the procedure begins.

During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. They will then place a temporary restoration on the abutment teeth to consider shape and color before they cement permanent veneers to your natural teeth. Afterward, you will need to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Be sure to avoid foods and drinks that can stain the veneers, such as coffee, red wine, and dark fruits. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a mouthguard to protect the veneers.

No Prep Veneers

The no-prep veneers are thin and don’t require the removal of tooth structure like traditional veneers do. Instead, cosmetic dentists apply a thin layer of composite resin to the teeth and then make an impression. This process is faster than traditional veneers and requires less anesthesia. However, if a patient’s teeth are too damaged or misshapen, they may not be able to use this solution.

Moreover, the no-prep veneers are translucent and might show off dark discoloration. As a result, some patients prefer to have more durable restorations. The no-prep veneers also aren’t as durable and may be more prone to chipping or cracking over time.

Traditional veneers and many other restorative materials require a significant amount of tooth modification – often into the enamel or outermost layer. This modification isn’t reversible. This can affect the integrity of the tooth and create a thicker spot along the gumline that’s difficult to clean.

No-prep veneers, such as Lumineers and Vivaneers, are designed to fit over the front of your teeth with minimal or no tooth preparation. These veneers can last for 20-30 years or more if they are well-cared for. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily as well as visiting your dentist for regular dental cleanings. Also, avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages and chewing hard foods.