What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. For many people, dental veneers provide an approach to change both the color and shape of teeth to create a perfect smile.

Types of Dental Veneers

Porcelain Veneers: These are very thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that are medically adhered to the front of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are usually stronger and last longer than composite resin veneers and they don’t stain.

Composite Resin Veneers: These are made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth. They may not have the same natural look like porcelain veneers, and they do not last as long. However, they are less expensive.

No-Prep Veneers: No-prep veneers are another type that involves the removal of little to no tooth structure in comparison to traditional veneers. Lumineers and Vivaneers are popular brands of no-prep veneers.

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Who Are Veneers Best For?

Veneers are suitable for individuals who want to improve the aesthetics of their smile. This includes people with stained teeth, gaps between teeth, broken or chipped teeth, or minor misalignments. They are not suitable for individuals with unhealthy teeth, weak teeth, or those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.

Pros and Cons of Veneers


  • Provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.


  • The process is not reversible.
  • Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding.
  • Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack.
  • Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • Veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced. The lifespan of a veneer depends on the type of veneer, the individual’s lifestyle, and how well they maintain their oral health. Good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing regularly can prolong the lifespan of veneers.

Interested in Learning More about Dental Veneers?

Dr. Patel and his team at Colonialtown Dental have extensive experience and knowledge regarding dental veneers. Colonialtown Dental has been serving Orlando and the surrounding areas for over 28 years. Book online or give us a call at 407-422-3811 today!