Everything you need to learn about Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells made of a tooth-colored material, used to cover the front surface of a tooth. They are custom-made for every tooth. They are used to improve the color, shape, and size of the teeth. Veneers are made from either porcelain or composite materials.

Why Do People Require Veneers?

Discoloration-your teeth can be discolored for some reasons such as excessive fluoride or effects of some drugs. A veneer that perfectly matches your desired color can be used to fix the discolored one.

Worn out teeth-Your teeth may wear out as you age resulting to uneven appearance or cracks. Veneers restore the strong and natural appearance of your teeth.

Broken teeth-many people have broken their teeth especially from biting hard things. If you want to fix the broken part to make your tooth look whole again, a veneer is the best way.

Uneven spacing-some people are born with an uneven spacing of their teeth. These spaces continue to widen with age and distort the dental appearance. A dentist can fix veneers on the teeth which will fill in the gaps leaving the teeth evenly spaced.

What is the Procedure of Getting a Veneer?

To get a veneer fixed, you need to visit a dentist. This treatment is irreversible so before the procedure starts you need to consult with the dentist to ascertain that veneers are the best option. The dentist will first remove a little enamel which should be equal to the veneer that will be placed. It is done to ensure that the veneer fits perfectly. During this process, the dentist may use an anesthetic to ease any discomfort. The dentist later makes an impression or mold of your teeth. The impression model is sent to a dental lab where the veneer is constructed.

It takes approximately 2 -3 weeks for the lab to construct a veneer. Before the veneer is placed on the teeth, the dentist will temporarily place it to check if it fits and if the patient likes the veneer. Next, the teeth are properly cleaned and polished. A special cement is applied on the veneer which is then placed correctly on the tooth surface. The dentist may recommend subsequent checkups to examine if everything is in order.


Veneers can last for many years. You only require to take care of them as recommended by your dentist. Do not worry about the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are the solution, and you can now smile confidently.

References: Dental Health, WebMD, Your Dentistry Guide, Mouth Healthy