What Are Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain Veneers, also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are used to cover the surface of a tooth. Porcelain Veneers are best described as shells that cover the teeth. These types of shells range from different sizes, shapes, lengths and even color. One may not want their porcelain veneers to outshine the rest of their teeth so they can opt for a more natural and less pristine look.  

Reasons To Use Veneers 

It is no secret that people look to keep their up with appearances and that include their teeth. Cosmetic use is not the only reason that people choose to get porcelain veneers. Overtime teeth begin to lose their rough and hard exteriors, leaving them to be vulnerable. Below are some of the reasons to have porcelain veneers put in.  

  • Teeth become broken, cracked or chipped 
  • Craters or bulges in teeth, leaving them uneven 
  • Wear and tear of the teeth  
  • Gaps between teeth 
  • Worn down teeth 
  • Accidents to teeth 
  • Tooth damage 
  • Damage to the tooth enamel 
  • Discoloration of the teeth  


Using porcelain veneers to fix minor dental problems may not be the best root to take. Veneers are considered prosthetic items that are prescribed by a dentist. Just like the different types of chipped teeth, there are different types of porcelain veneers. These veneers are made from thin layers of porcelain. Traditional veneers are the most common types of veneers used in dentistry. This type of veneer is made from porcelain and covers the tooth while removing parts of the enamel. The second type of veneer is an extremely thin layer of porcelain called Lumineers.  

Cosmetic dentists will “install” porcelain veneers in two steps. The first step does not include major physical work on the teeth. It will include preparation for the installation of the porcelain veneers. The dentist will properly shave down the teeth that will be used for the porcelain veneers. The following step usually occurs within six weeks of the first step and it involves adding the veneers. Following the first step of the preparation of veneers, bonding is used to prepare the tooth for the veneers. The bonding will act like a tooth because it will mimic the shape, size and length. This step gives the cosmetic dentist the ability to mold the porcelain veneer to the exact shape in needs to be.  

Recovery Time 

Recovering from the installation of porcelain veneers will differ from person to person. There is no exact recovery period for porcelain veneers. The best part of porcelain veneers is that they are long lasting and require limited amounts of replacement. It is important that you eat liquid foods following this type of surgery. During cold and hot days, your teeth may be extra sensitive because of the change in temperature. Porcelain veneers usually last between 7 to 15 years. This is a relatively long time in the world of dentistry. After the porcelain veneers are put in, one should not revert back to their bad eating or oral hygiene habits. For example, it is not wise to use your new teeth as nut cracker, bottle opener or scissors. Reducing the intake of caffeine and red wine can help keep the coloration of the veneer looking new and fresh.  

Pros and Cons 

Just like everything in like, there are plenty of pros and cons to have a pretty smile using veneers. Below is a list of the pros and cons of getting these types of veneers put in.  


  • A permanent and whiter smile 
  • More durability 
  • Fixes gaps or other imperfections within the teeth 
  • Offer a more natural look than other veneers 
  • Painless solution to teeth problems 
  • Long-lasting use  
  • Reduce the risk of stains 


  • High cost, porcelain veneers are the most expensive types of veneers offered 
  • Tooth sensitivity may increase 
  • Difficult to replace if there is a chip or crack  
  • People prone to teeth grinding and other dental disease cannot have porcelain veneers put in 
  • Risk of trauma 
  • Not reversible, once they are put in, they are put in for life.  

If one choses to have porcelain veneers put in, they will have a whiter and long lasting smile. All the prepping and time put into change your dental issues will pay off with a straight and fresh smile.