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Understanding Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are a common cosmetic application for people who want to enhance the look of their teeth. Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Here is a bit of information about veneers to help you better understand them.

Types of Veneers

The most common types of dental veneers are porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers.


Porcelain veneers are made from a ceramic material that is durable and stain-resistant. Additionally, they are quite natural-looking because the translucency of the materials mimics the look of natural tooth enamel.

Composite Resin

Composite resin veneers are made from a plastic material that is cheaper, easier to apply, and more flexible. However, composite resin veneers are a bit more prone to staining, chipping, and wearing down over time. Nevertheless, they can be easily replaced if damaged.

Procedure for Applying Veneers

The procedure for applying dental veneers usually involves three steps: consultation, preparation, and bonding.


During the consultation, the dentist examines your teeth and discusses your goals and expectations. They also explain the pros and cons of each type of veneer to help you choose the best option for you.


During the preparation, the dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. They also take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory where the veneers will be custom-made.

Depending on the type of veneer, you may need to wear temporary veneers until the permanent ones are ready.


During the bonding step, the dentist checks the fit and color of the veneers and makes any necessary adjustments. They then apply special cement to the veneers and attach them to your teeth. A curing light may be used to harden the cement and secure the bond.

Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers can offer many benefits, such as enhancing your appearance and confidence, correcting minor dental flaws and imperfections, protecting your teeth from further damage, and providing a long-lasting solution with proper care.

For the best results, it is important to follow your dentist's instructions on how to care for your veneers. If you suffer from bruxism, you may be asked to wear a protective mouth guard nightly to help protect the veneers and your natural teeth. Your dentist may also ask you to refrain from biting down on excessively hard foods and objects.

If you are interested in a veneer application, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your local area.