What Are Dental Veneers?

What Are Dental Veneers?


Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of tooth-colored material that cover various aesthetic issues. Whether you choose composite or porcelain veneers, you can refresh your smile in just a few appointments.

Dental veneers can correct the following aesthetic flaws:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Slight tooth misalignment
  • Discoloration
  • Chips and cracks
  • Misshapen appearance

Advantages of Dental Veneers

Quick Process

Veneers are quick and efficient compared to cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as smile makeovers. They require only two appointments: one to prepare the teeth and one to install the veneers.


Installing dental veneers requires removing only a tiny layer (about 1 mm) of tooth enamel.


You will quickly become accustomed to your veneers, which feel like natural teeth.

Replace Multiple Procedures

Instead of getting your teeth whitened, straightened, and bonded, you can receive veneers that cover all three improvements simultaneously.

Types of Dental Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

These veneers have a beautiful, translucent shine that makes teeth look healthy and bright. They are durable and stain-resistant.

Composite Veneers

Composite materials cost less than porcelain but are equally versatile. The one drawback of composites is that they have less natural stain resistance than porcelain.

How Dental Veneers Work

The process takes just two appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will work with you to determine your needs and how you want your teeth to appear. They will help you choose the right shade that will look natural.

Next, the dentist will carefully remove a thin layer of enamel from the forward-facing surfaces of your teeth. The veneers need to adhere to a prepared surface. The dentist will provide temporary veneers to protect your teeth while the lab makes your permanent set.

At your final appointment, the dentist will ensure your veneers fit properly and cement them.

Helping Your Veneers Last Longer

While veneers are tough, you must take basic precautions to avoid stains and damage. Do not use your teeth as tools. Avoid biting your nails, chewing ice, and chewing pens. If you grind your teeth at night, see your dentist for a custom-fitted night guard to prevent damage to your veneers. Take care with staining or highly pigmented foods and beverages like tea, wine, and coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

Can I get veneers on stained teeth?

Stains are one of the top reasons why patients choose veneers. They effectively cover teeth stained by years of wear and natural yellowing processes.

Do veneers ruin your teeth?

The dentist must only remove a thin enamel layer to install your veneers. The tooth remains intact. However, it would be best to continue replacing the veneers as they wear out because dentists cannot replace natural enamel.

Call Oak Road Dentistry

Veneers can be an efficient way to rejuvenate your smile. To find out what they can do, please call our Snellville, GA, office at 770-985-9559. We would love to speak with you and schedule a consultation.