Dental Veneers Explained

Dental veneers are thin coverings that can be applied to the front of teeth that look like natural teeth. They can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic issues, such as chipped or worn teeth, as well as cover up staining.


Before applying a veneer, the dentist will clean and reshape the tooth or teeth. They may numb the area with anesthesia.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a good option for individuals who have teeth that are not as white as they would like. They can be used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic issues that are not fully addressed through teeth whitening treatment, including discoloration, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between the teeth.

During the first appointment, a dentist will numb the area to prevent discomfort. They will then shave a tiny bit of the tooth enamel to prepare it for the restoration. This will make it easier to bond the veneers to the teeth. The dentist will also determine if any other treatments are necessary in order to ensure that the results of the veneers are the best possible.

After the impressions have been made, they will be sent to a laboratory for fabrication. In some cases, however, dentists use in-office CAD/CAM technology to fabricate the restorations right in their office. This process reduces the amount of time required for treatment and is referred to as same-day dentistry.

After the veneers are fabricated, a patient will return for a final appointment to have them placed on their teeth. The dentist will remove any excess cement and check that the veneers fit well. They will then bond the veneers to the teeth using dental glue. The dentist may ask for a follow-up appointment in a few weeks to ensure that the veneers are firmly in place and feel comfortable for the patient.

Composite Veneers

Like porcelain veneers, resin composite are thin shells (imagine false fingernails but for teeth) that fit directly over your smile to correct minor cosmetically unappealing features. The advantage to resin composite is that they are less expensive, and can still offer a natural-looking appearance that will last for several years.

On the first visit, the dentist will take a close look at your smile to decide which options are right for you. They’ll also do a few dental tests to make sure your mouth is healthy enough for the procedure. Then, they’ll remove a small amount of enamel to help the veneers bond with your teeth. Next, they’ll take an impression of your teeth to create a mold that will be used to make the permanent veneers. During this time, you’ll be fitted with a temporary restoration to wear while the permanent veneers are being made.

During the application process, the dentist will use a special adhesive glue to affix the veneers and ensure they are a good match for your smile. They’ll then sculpt and shape the composite material to look more natural in your mouth, and shine a light on it to dry and harden it.

To care for your new smile, brush twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss regularly. You should also plan on seeing your Smileworks dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. To prolong the life of your composite veneers, avoid habits that can cause damage like chewing on ice or using your teeth to open packages.


If you want to fix minor cosmetic flaws, like chipped enamel, smaller front teeth gaps, or stains, bonding may be the treatment for you. It’s also typically less expensive than porcelain veneers and can be completed in one visit. However, bonded teeth are not as durable as natural teeth and will require some maintenance and care.

To start the process, your dentist will clean your tooth or teeth and lightly etch their surface to roughen them for a strong bond. Then, they’ll select a resin that matches your natural tooth color and applies it to the damaged area. A special light is then used to activate chemicals in the cement and it hardens. After the area is cleaned and polished, your dentist will trim and remove any excess material and double-check the fit and color.

The recovery process from a dental bonding procedure is quick and painless, although your teeth may feel sensitive to temperature for a short time. You’ll need to brush twice a day and floss daily, and get regular dental cleanings, just as you would with your natural teeth. To keep your teeth looking their best, you should avoid biting down on hard objects and use a night guard to prevent grinding or clenching. With proper care, your bonding will last several years before it needs to be replaced.

Teeth Whitening

Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain or resin composite shells that cover the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. They can be used to change a tooth’s color, shape or size and are usually placed on the top front teeth to enhance a smile.

During the first visit, the dentist typically trims the tooth to be treated, then makes an impression of the surface and sends it to the lab where the veneer is created. In most cases, it takes a few weeks for the veneer to be completed. At a follow-up appointment, the dentist checks to make sure the person is satisfied with the results. A dentist may also want to take X-rays of the tooth or teeth and examine the gum line and bite to make sure the teeth are healthy.

A person can expect their dental veneers to last about 10 years if they take good care of them. This includes using their toothbrush and floss twice a day. Those with veneers should avoid chewing on hard objects like pens or fingernails and clenching and grinding their teeth at night. They should also avoid drinking coffee, red wine or tea, as these can stain the teeth.

People who have composite veneers should see their dentist for regular maintenance appointments to remove any extra cement and check the condition of their teeth and gums. They should also visit their dentist for a follow-up appointment to make sure the veneers have stayed in place and are comfortable for them.