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What are Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers, also referred to as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are uniquely made shells of tooth-colored materials. These tooth colored materials are used to cover front or upper surface of tooth to improve your looks. These tooth colored shells are bonded to the front portion of the teeth.

The different types of Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin. Stains are resisted better in porcelain Veneers compared to resin Veneers. Also, porcelain Veneers are good at reflecting light like natural teeth. The best material of choice can be discussed with your dentist before you go for the procedure.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneer

There is a comprehensive list of advantages that a dental Veneer procedure can offer. Read below:


A natural appearance of the tooth


Forget stains-porcelain Veneers are generally stain resistant


Choice to select the tooth color-this can make darker tooth whiter


Porcelain is well tolerated by gum


Veneers don't require much shaping as crowns.

The risk factors of Porcelain Veneer procedure

  • The first and foremost risk of this procedure is that it can’t be undone.
  • A beautiful smile can cost you more. Yes, the dental Veneer procedure is slightly expensive.
  • Any chipping or cracking cannot be fixed in dental Veneers.
  • The color of the Veneer and the color of your tooth may not match.
  • The color of the Veneer cannot be altered once it is fixed.
  • Though not so likely, Veneers can sometimes fall off.

The problems that can be fixed using a dental Veneer procedure

  • Veneers can fix the discoloration of the teeth due to root canal treatment, excessive fluoride, resin fillings etc.
  • Tooth that are worn out
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Uneven, irregularly shaped or misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth

Do you need a Porcelain Veneer?

Your dentist is the best person to tell whether you’re a candidate for porcelain Veneer. To know this dentist will give you an appointment for preliminary consultation. In this consultation your overall dental health is assessed and the treatment plan is discussed in detail. Any treatment that involves tooth preparation cannot be reversed. This is the reason why your dentist shall try going for a less invasive procedure. If you and your dentist are in agreement that a Veneer is the best option, then the next step of the treatment involves preparing your teeth for the procedure.

During this process, you will also take part actively in the “smile design process”. This helps you decide the size, shape, color and width of the porcelain Veneers. This will also decide on how you want to enhance your smile and looks.

What can you expect in this procedure?

A dental Veneer procedure normally takes 2 sittings and a duration of six weeks. These dental visits can prove tedious to you as it requires several hours of consultation and comprehensive tooth preparation. Your dentist finds out your oral health in general and fixes any abnormalities before the veneer procedure. The treatment begins once the customization of the veneer is done.

As a first step, your dentist may administer a local anesthesia as it makes you feel comfortable during the course of the replacement procedure. Your natural tooth is prepared wherein a little shaping is done to it with a handheld rotational device. This enables the Veneer to fit properly.

The dentist shall further apply a proper composite, shape the material and further harden it. Additional layers of composite may be required in some procedures. The Veneers are then finished and polished to give you the much-needed angelic smile.

Recovery after the procedure

Porcelain Veneers usually last for longer years before asking for a replacement. After care is important and it is advised not to chew on hard objects. Do not tear packages with your teeth. Your dentist may also ask you to avoid certain foods. Regular visits to the dentist are important to ensure a healthy recovery.

There is always a reason to smile, find it!