Dental Veneer

This article was medically reviewed by Dt. Harun Duman

General Surgeon
Dt. Harun Duman


Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Dental Veneers

Dental veneers typically last between 7 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. However, their lifespan can be extended with proper care, such as avoiding chewing hard materials, wearing mouthguards if you grind your teeth, and maintaining good oral hygiene.

Yes, veneers can be replaced or repaired. If a veneer chips or breaks, your dentist can easily replace it with a new one. Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the condition of your veneers and address any issues promptly.

While veneers are a great option for many, they aren’t suitable for everyone. Patients with conditions like severe tooth decay, gum disease, or who have insufficient enamel may not be good candidates. A thorough evaluation by a dentist is necessary to determine if veneers are suitable for you.

Candidates for dental veneers typically have cosmetic concerns they wish to address, such as discoloration, minor misalignment, chips, or gaps between teeth. Ideal candidates should have healthy teeth and gums, sufficient enamel, and commit to good oral hygiene practices. A consultation with a dentist is necessary to determine if veneers are the right choice for you.

There are primarily two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are thin shells custom-made to fit the front surface of your teeth, offering durability and a natural look. Composite resin veneers are sculpted on your teeth in a single visit, offering a less expensive and less invasive alternative.

During the fitting process, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface to accommodate the veneer, take an impression of your teeth to create the custom veneer, and finally, once the veneers are ready, bond them to your teeth. This process may require multiple visits over a few weeks.

Veneers do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. However, it’s recommended to avoid biting on hard objects and foods that could damage the veneers.

Some individuals may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after the enamel has been removed and the veneers placed, due to the removal of a thin layer of enamel. This sensitivity usually diminishes over a few days to weeks.

Veneers are primarily cosmetic and are not designed to correct significant bite or orthodontic issues. In cases where such issues are present, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatments before or instead of veneers.

Veneers involve the removal of a small amount of enamel, which is an irreversible process. This does not typically harm your natural teeth but does commit you to veneers or another form of dental restoration for the long term to protect the altered surface of the tooth.

Traditional veneers require the removal of a portion of the tooth’s enamel to ensure a proper fit. No-prep veneers, such as Lumineers, are thinner and require little to no removal of enamel before placement. No-prep veneers may not be suitable for all dental issues, but they offer a less invasive option for some patients.

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