Dental Veneers: Clearing All Doubts

Veneers: clarify your doubts

The treatment of veneers is a painless process that serves to improve dental aesthetics quickly. Veneers are thin sheets, with a maximum thickness of 1 mm, that adhere to the buccal aspect of the tooth, which is what you see when you smile.

Veneers have become popular in recent years, smile design and dental aesthetics are in vogue and you have surely considered the use of veneers to improve any dissatisfaction you have with your teeth.

Today we are going to clear up all the doubts regarding veneers, the different types on the market, their durability, the way they are placed and the advantages and disadvantages of their implementation and use.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are two types of treatment and they are classified according to the material used and also have sub-classifications. The types that exist today are:

Composite veneers:

Composite veneers are made of a type of resin, composite, that is molded to the desired shape and then rigid. They are placed in a simple way, working them directly in the mouth and for their implementation a single appointment is needed.
Of this same material there are veneers known as Componeer Veneers, which are prefabricated and the dentist only has to adhere them to the desired tooth.

Porcelain veneers:

This type of veneer stands out for its durability over time, compared to composite veneers, and unlike the previous ones, they do not stain with dyes or coffee and require less aftercare.

However, for placement of this type it is necessary to go to more than one appointment with your dentist, as they are manufactured in a laboratory and then placed by the doctor.

Porcelain veneers can be Zirconium or Ultrafine. Zirconia is a material that is generally used for the manufacture of artificial crowns and joints, and its use is recommended when the patient has a tooth with a metal pin that cannot be removed. In addition, zirconia is a durable and translucent material, which makes this type of veneer practically indistinguishable from the tooth.

On the other hand, the Ultrafines are the ones with the highest durability and quality. The manufacture of these veneers is very complex and this is reflected in their price. The thickness of the ultrafines is approximately 0,5 mm, which makes it unnecessary to file the enamel of the tooth when placing them.


The durability of dental veneers depends on the quality of the veneers and the care after their implementation. Composite ones have a durability of between 5 and 10 years, while porcelain ones can last in perfect condition up to 15 years, although there are patients who reach up to 25 years with them.

To extend the useful life of these, it is necessary that, if they are made of composite, avoid the consumption of coffee, food with colorants and cigarettes.

In addition, whatever the veneer you want to choose, you should follow optimal dental hygiene and go to your dentist to have them checked and polished if necessary.

Advantages and disadvantages

Veneers have aesthetics as their main advantage, since they will give your smile the ideal shade of white and with them you can camouflage imperfections in the teeth.

One fact that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage is the fact that by using them, you cannot later resort to having teeth whitening. On the one hand, they ensure a white color that lasts for years, but if your Feeding Habits and the use of cigarettes stains them, said stain cannot be corrected.

On the other hand, there are patients who manifest some type of dental sensitivity after placing them, however this sensitivity lasts only a few days.

If after placing them, you experience prolonged dental hypersensitivity, do not hesitate to go to your dentist

It is important that you know that in some cases the veneers are a definitive and irreversible treatment, since sometimes it is necessary to intervene on the tooth, filing the enamel a little. Then, you should consider that once their useful life is over, you will have to pay for new ones and not simply remove them.