Dental veneers are the prosthetic device made to fit over the front surface of the stained, crooked, and chipped teeth. The fitting of veneers is just like a false fingernails fits over a nail. These veneers are made up of a thin porcelain chip placed to fix the dental abnormalities like stained, irregular and misaligned teeth. The lifespan of veneers should be many years, but they can chip or break before this time period. One should consult with your dental team to know how long each veneer should last.


Uses of dental veneers

Dental veneers are very much beneficial for a person having stained and discoloured teeth as the veneers provide an attractive pearly white smile by improving the colour, position and shape of the teeth. The shade of porcelain is chosen by considering the teeth shade of the concerning patient.

A chipped or cracked tooth can also look like whole teeth with the help of veneers. The broken part is replaced by the porcelain layer which covers the whole front part of the tooth. Small gaps between the teeth can also be closed by placing veneers when dental braces are not suitable.

To bring the teeth into the line and shape, dental veneers can be the best option. It also protects the surface of the teeth from damage.

Two dentist visits are needed when you are thinking of dental veneers. In the first visit, the doctor will prepare the tooth and match the exact shade of the teeth. Veneers will be than fitted into the tooth in the second visit. Special adhesives are used to provide a proper hold to the veneers

Two main types of veneers material are:

Composite veneers: Directly fitted into the mouth or fabricated in the dental lab and later fixed by using resin cement.
Porcelain veneers: Indirectly fabricated in the dental labs. Porcelain veneers have the natural looking surface which does not get stained easily

Steps of the veneer process

A small amount of existing teeth will be removed by the dentist to properly fix the veneer over the tooth surface.
Your tooth impression will be sent to the laboratory for creating a veneer which exactly matches your tooth size.
Once the veneer will be prepared, your dentist will fix it into the teeth with the help of resin cement, to create a new, white and natural smile.

Contraindications of dental veneers

Dental veneers should be performed properly by an experienced dentist as sensitivity and tooth decay may be problematic conditions after having veneers if not properly performed.

Dental veneers should not be preferable for the minor misalignment and minor superficial stains as this is an irreversible technique. Professional cleaning should be prefered over veneers in case of mild stains.

This technique should not be performed in adolescents and very young age persons which do not have significant teeth problems. Cleaning and maintaining proper hygiene is beneficial over veneers.

Veneers can only be preferred in the patients with significant aesthetic problems such as badly stained and broken teeth.

Pros and cons of dental veneers:


• Damaged enamels can be easily replaced by dental veneers.
• Veneers can be an effective and beneficial solution for minor dental cosmetic issues like stained, crooked, gapped teeth.
• Veneers can whiten the teeth very easily.


• Veneers can be a costly treatment. Cost may vary clinic to clinic.
• After having veneers, some of the peoples might face some sensitivity to the teeth and gums.
• Its an irreversible procedure as some of the tooth structure is removed during the procedure.

Dental veneers are the choice of treatment for many patients since they are natural looking and easily match with the teeth.

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