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A veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of porcelain firmly bonded to the front of your teeth for recreating the natural shape and appearance of the tooth. A precisely colored porcelain shade is used to match the color of your natural teeth which you can agree with your dentist. Some patients often choose to whiten their teeth before having veneers.

Why Do You Need Veneers?

Veneers are an excellent cosmetic dental treatment option for most people. You may be the right candidate for this type of treatment if you are ready to fix the following signs:

  • Severely discolored or stained teeth
  • Spots caused by extensive cavities or old fillings
  • Minor teeth imperfections 
  • Multiple cosmetic issues with your teeth at once
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth

Types Of Veneers

There are mainly 5 types of cosmetic veneers:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are the most commonly used appliance because they are made from a tooth-colored ceramic shell. In addition to mimicking the natural look of teeth, these veneers can hold backbite pressure to some degree. Therefore, porcelain veneers are known to be stronger and more durable than other veneers. In addition, it is biocompatible and porcelain veneers do not cause allergic reactions to surrounding tissues.
  • Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are prepared using composite resin, which is made up of organic and inorganic substances. The organic particle in the veneer includes resin, an initiator, and a coupling agent while the filler is the only inorganic material the veneer contains. Despite the use of an inorganic agent, composite veneers do not interfere with or irritate surrounding tissues or neighboring teeth.
  • Lumineers Veneers: Lumineers are thin but stronger veneers and can be applied with less tooth preparation. Since the appliance is made of ultra-thin porcelain layered material, it can last as long as porcelain veneers.
  • Palatal Veneers: Palatal veneers, also called lingual veneers, are custom-made appliances to restore the lingual surface of front teeth. They can be made from various materials such as porcelain laminates, composite materials, and even gold.
  • Temporary Veneers: Temporary veneers, also called removable veneers or pressed veneers, are made from a type of flexible resin. They are usually placed as a temporary solution until the final veneers are fabricated.

Results with Veneers

In addition to masking imperfections on tooth surfaces, covering tooth surfaces with veneers is also helpful in treating sensitivity and enhancing your smile.