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Veneers are thin layers of either composite or porcelain that cover the teeth to correct shape, color, length, decay for other defects in teeth. Veneers can be either made of porcelain or composite.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most commonly used veneers. When used in the correct situations, they can correct a variety of problems and are both conservative and long-lasting. Veneers bond to the existing enamel of the tooth, which is a very strong bond. Your bite plays an important part in decided which restorations are the right choice for you.

Below is an example of porcelain veneers on the front:

Veneers before and after

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are applied directly to the teeth. Some reduction of enamel may be necessary, but often the composite is placed with no or minimal preparation of the teeth. Composite veneers are faster and less expensive than porcelain veneers, but are slightly more limited in their suitable situations. Composite veneers can fade or chip easier than porcelain veneers.


  • Conservative - requires minimal tooth reduction
  • Fast - Compared to orthodontics, teeth position can be changed immediately
  • Esthetic - Veneers can be made to very closely mimic the natural colors and light translucencies of natural teeth.


  • Tooth preparation, although it is minimal.
  • Possibly for failure, due to recession and exposed roots or breakage.

Other Options

As with any treatment, there are often other options to restore your smile. In some cases a simpler option may provide acceptable results. Some other options to veneers are:

  • Whitening
  • Enameloplasty (Contouring teeth)
  • Composite diastema closure
  • Orthodontics

If you have questions about how to restore your smile, please contact our office for more information.

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