A Dental Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth for cosmetic reasons. In layman terms, it’s like an artificial covering over a tooth surface. There are 2 types of Veneer:

  • Composite
  • Porcelain

Depending on the function and cost factor, your cosmetic dentist will choose which type of veneer is best for you.

Indications of Veneers:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped-off/broken teeth
  • Fill gaps between teeth
  • Improve alignment of teeth
  • General improvement of one’s smile 

Contraindications of Veneers:

  • Severe gum disease
  • Weak enamel
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Grinding of teeth or Bruxism
  • Complex teeth alignment issues

Advantages of Veneers:

  • Confident smile: Having a perfect smile line is a possibility with Veneers which in turn acts as a confidence booster.
  • Conservative approach: When compared to Dental Crowns, Veneers need a very little amount of tooth shaping.
  • Customizable: Shape, size and shade of Veneers are highly customizable. You get what you ask for!
  • Low maintenance: Porcelain Veneers are stain free and need low maintenance with daily brushing and flossing.
  • High durability: Porcelain Veneers last for 10-15 years.
  • Quick results: 2-3 visits are all it takes for the smile that you have always dreamed of.
  • No age limit: It can be placed on individuals belonging to any age group.

Disadvantages of Veneers:

  • Permanent loss of tooth structure: A thin layer of enamel is permanently taken off from the front side of the teeth. If not done correctly, it can lead to sensitive teeth.
  • Tooth decay: Secondary decay/caries can occur underneath the Veneers if proper oral hygiene is not maintained.
  • Staining and fracture: This is more common with composite Veneers.
  • Strength: Veneers are not as strong as dental Crowns or your natural teeth.
  • Dislodgement of Veneers: Though not common, patients are requested to avoid nail biting, chewing on ice; pencil; any hard objects, or otherwise put pressure on teeth with Veneers.
  • Expensive: Porcelain Veneers are much more costly than Composite Veneers.