Veneers for Your Teeth: Different Types, Procedure, Costs & Risks

Veneers for Your Teeth: Different Types, Procedure, Costs & Risks

Many people resort to cosmetic dental treatment for aesthetic purposes. Having veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth. But they are used for cosmetic restorations and not for medical purposes.

What Are Dental Veneers & How Do They Work?

Dental veneers are made of thin shells placed in front of the teeth. The primary aim of veneers is to improve the appearance of the teeth to achieve a beautiful smile. Once the shells are placed on the teeth, they change the size, length, shape, color, and function. Veneers are a good option for those having tooth stains, chips, and gaps.

It is a less-invasive procedure, thus easy to install. Patients can choose different shades of the veneers depending on the color of the real teeth and the desired result.

Types of Dental Veneers

Preparing veneers requires intensive work and the raw materials are composite resin and porcelain. Installing traditional veneers affects the tooth structure by grinding it down. Sometimes it needs removing some teeth to install the veneers properly. No-prep veneers involve minimal tooth alteration or preparation. Tooth reduction is required depending on the dental concerns.

If you’re planning to have dental veneers, learn more about the different veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

The most common raw material used for creating veneers is porcelain. Unlike composite veneers, the porcelain option resists stains because of the ceramic materials. It can be customized, versatile, and durable. It may last for a maximum of 15 years. Installing the porcelain veneers is less invasive and has many shades to choose from.  

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers have the same raw materials as porcelain veneers. But the former is cheaper than the latter. It is quick to fabricate the composite veneers that is why it is a same-day treatment option. The direct composite veneers are molded directly to the teeth. It also requires teeth re-contouring prior to placement. A damaged part of the composite veneers can be repaired.

Palatal Veneers (Palatal Onlays)

This type of veneer is typically used to restore the anterior teeth. It can improve anterior teeth issues, including dental erosion, bruxism, and deep bite. Palatal veneers are bonded only on the affected part, without compromising the neighboring teeth.


Another type of veneer is the Lumineers. It is translucent and 0.2mm ultra-thin. Lumineers look like the color and shape of real tooth enamel. The advantage of Lumineers is no tooth re-contouring and reduction is required and can last for more than 20 years. But since they are ultra-thin, they are prone to chipping, unlike other types of veneers.

Removable Veneers (Non-Permanent)

This type of veneer is a custom-made snap-on. They are non-permanent and involve less invasive procedures. Removable veneers are cheaper than other types. The wearer can remove them anytime. Like Lumineers, the removable veneers do not involve tooth reduction. The drawback of this option is they do not blend well with the natural teeth.

Dental Veneer Procedure

During the first appointment, the dentist will discuss the options available and appropriate for you. The dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and look for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or if another tooth restoration is needed.

The next visit to the dentist would involve trimming down the tooth before taking a mold of teeth. It takes a maximum of two weeks to create the veneers. Having the veneers on your teeth, the dentist will evaluate the shape, coloration, and fit of the veneers.

It is essential to cleanse the teeth to prevent trapping the bacteria under the veneer. Otherwise, it will cause tooth decay. For the veneer to stick onto the tooth, it requires grinding to make the texture rough. The veneer is bonded to the tooth through dental cement and hardened the cement using ultraviolet light.

How much do veneers cost?

Most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures like veneers. With this, you must prepare an extensive amount of money. The costs may depend on the condition of the teeth and the type of veneers to install. The Medical Dental Association said the cost of veneers ranges from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. Other factors that affect the cost include the expertise of the dentist, the cost of living in the area, and the brand of the dentist.

Dental Veneer Risks

Veneers do not involve major risks, but only a few complications are possible. With proper care, the risks can be avoided. Common risks include:

  • Breakage or loss of veneer

Veneers are prone to breakage, especially Lumineers that are so thin. That’s why give proper care as soon as it is bonded on your tooth.

  • Tooth infection

Possible tooth infection is another risk of having veneers, especially if not given proper care. That is why it is essential to follow the aftercare instructions.

  • Potential tooth sensitivity

The first three weeks after the placement, you may experience tooth sensitivity. If the issue persists for months, consult your dentist immediately.

Final Thoughts

Placing veneers on your teeth would change the color, length, and shape. But expect that it will enhance your smile. Since veneers are a cosmetic procedure, be prepared to spend a big amount of money. Consult and discuss your dentist before making your decision.