Dental veneers are a class of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is positioned over the facial surface areas of your teeth to remedy used tooth enamel, unequal tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration, and chips or cracks.

Although dental veneers fall under the classification of cosmetic dentistry since they create brilliant, white smiles with magnificently lined up, shapely teeth, they also secure the surface area of harmed teeth and might get rid of the requirement for more substantial treatments. Other benefits of veneers consist of durability, an enhanced smile look, and the need for little-to-no elimination of tooth structure compared with crowns.


No matter what triggers unsightly teeth, dental veneers might address most or even all your cosmetic dental problems, including:

Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, tough, clear substance covering your teeth (enamel) might end up being worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration might be natural or arise from a genetic predisposition. However, it commonly arises from consuming sodas, tea or coffee; cigarette smoking; using specific medications, and so on.

Wear and tear: Teeth usually wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, fractures or an uneven look.

Genes: Certain individuals are born with unusual spacing in between their teeth that broaden with age.

Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can arise from tooth grinding or basic wear and tear.

Porcelain and Composite Resin Types

The two most typical materials used to make or develop dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Indirect (developed beyond your mouth) porcelain veneers and composite veneers are made by a dental specialist in a dental laboratory; direct (created straight on your teeth) composite veneers are made by your dentist at Troy Family Dental throughout your visit to the office.

Porcelain dental veneers are better options for severe cases involving dullness, wear, discoloration, considerable chipping, breaking, spacing or irregular teeth.

Composite bonding or just bonding which refers to direct composite is an inexpensive, efficient and minimally intrusive way to bring back and correct little chips, cracks, and discoloration in the teeth.

At what point are veneers suitable?

The replacement of any natural tooth structure is permanent, so cosmetic dentists today choose to offer patients the most minimally invasive alternatives initially. If your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically sufficient, dental veneers might not be a suitable treatment for you.

However, if you have badly dull or tarnished teeth, your treatment options might consist of porcelain dental veneers or composite. There are benefits of longevity and a shown capability to boost the representation of the mouth, smile and different facial characteristics that are better preserved by correctly formed teeth.

Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers

Two popular smile remodeling treatment alternatives. Weigh their benefits and drawbacks with your needs.

Whitening or Veneers?

Direct composite and Porcelain types may need the “shaping” or “prepping” of every tooth being treated. For that reason, some cosmetic dentists initially recommend teeth whitening to people with slightly blemished teeth who want a whiter and radiant smile because it is the least intrusive cosmetic dentistry choice. If uneven teeth or positioning problems are included, whitening also may be combined with orthodontic treatments, consisting of Invisalign.

Proper Care is Needed

Care must be taken since the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break.