What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers usually placed over a tooth to provide a natural beauty and an attractive smile. These dental techniques can be used to fix stained teeth or an uneven alignment. As a prosthetic device, a veneer is used to protect the surface of the tooth from damage and restore a fractured and stained one to create a bright and stunning smile. You may have small teeth that create much space which can be difficult to close through orthodontics.

Veneers became popular, especially among Hollywood actors and actresses as a way of giving them stunning smiles. However, over the past decades, technology development in dentistry has made it possible for us to prepare different types of veneers that will suit every patient’s needs.

Whether you have issues like discoloration, uneven teeth alignment, cracks or worn enamel, or unattractive teeth – your dentist can restore your self-confidence through cosmetic dentistry that will let you achieve a makeover smile. This method of beautifying your teeth and fixing of other dental issues is trending but you need to consult your dentist who knows the type of veneer that is best for you. As an experienced dentist with many years in this profession, Dr. Zhu has the solutions to all your concerns.

Types of Dental Veneers

Veneers are effective dental devices created to enhance the complete appearance of your smile and very popular for their excellent results. Their importance in cosmetic dentistry is extremely high and you can easily get one done by your dentist. However, before you consider going for it, you should know about the different types of dental veneers, and why you need one. Let’s look at some of the most common veneers and their features.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are usually used to fix uncomplicated dental issues that will be applied and sculptured during an appointment with your dentist. These types of veneers are the best to fix cracked and chipped teeth and are the perfect solutions to fill a gap between your front teeth. They are cheaper and can have a short treatment time.


  • The cheapest form of dental veneers.
  • Shorter treatment time because it may not require any preparation.
  • They can be maintained effectively simply by polishing and by proper oral hygiene.

Porcelain Veneers

Unlike composite, porcelain veneers are very expensive but they are worth the price, judging by their transformative ability. They are the most effective options for achieving the smile you desire, but it would take more than one appointment with your dentists to achieve the needed result. Its special feature is that they are usually prepared and customized to fit your teeth, including the color and shape. They are not affected by stains and can be used to fix difficult cracks, chips, and discoloration, and are known to last for a very long time.


  • The most expensive form of veneers, but very effective.
  • The treatment requires multiple visits to your dentist.
  • They are specifically made for your unique teeth.
  • They last much longer and have the ability to keep the original quality.

Instant Veneers

Just as the name suggests, instant veneers are pre-made veneers that are applied to your teeth without any custom-made preparation. These types of veneers are cheaper and can be completed in a single appointment. They come between composite and porcelain veneers because your teeth do not need to be sculpted. Your dentist can choose among the different shapes and designs of instant veneers that will give the best look for your teeth.


  • They do not need extra alteration and can instantly be fixed on your existing teeth with preset sizes
  • Without paying for a lab fee – they are among the cheapest form of dental veneers
  • You’ll need a single dentist appointment to get it done

Removable Veneers

Also known as snap-on veneers, removable veneers are made from dental resin in a lab to form a thin cover. They are stronger and made to give a pleasant and inviting smile when you wear them over your teeth. Your dentist will capture an imprint of your existing teeth which gives you the opportunity to choose the color and look of teeth you’ll prefer on your veneers.


  • The obvious difference between this type of veneer and others is the ability to be removed and cleaned at any time
  • You can eat and drink with it just as you would normally do
  • You can wear them whenever you want and are easy to maintain


If you are thinking of getting dental veneers to enhance the look of your smile or fix a discolored, cracked, chipped or stained tooth, our mission here at Pleasant Hill Dental is to prescribe the best veneers that will suit your lifestyle.

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