What are Veneers and How do They Work?

What are Veneers and How do They Work?

At Progressive Dental, we understand the importance of your smile. If you've noticed that your teeth are discolored, cracked, or perhaps even worn down, then veneers may be the appropriate solution for you. Essentially, veneers are thin customizable shells that fit directly over an existing tooth. They can be shaped and colored to match your existing teeth. Their job is to make your smile look flawless.


What are Veneers Made Out of?


Veneers are either made from parceling or resin compositive materials. Often, people choose porcelain veneers because they are stain-resistant and appear more like natural teeth. Your dentist can provide more insight into which type of material is right for you.


What Can Dental Veneers Repair?


Dental veneers can remedy a host of dental issues. Common issues that veneers can correct:


  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Misaligned or even teeth
  • Gaps


What to Expect During the Procedure?


The process of getting dental veneers is not a speedy one. In fact, you should expect three separate visits to your dentist in order to complete the process. The first visit is for the initial consultation and treatment plan, the second visit is to create the mold for the veneers, and finally, the last meeting is to apply the veneers to the teeth. Keep in mind; one benefit is that multiple veneers can be molded and applied during their intended visits.


Before applying the veneer to the tooth, it must first be prepared. The dentist will reshape the tooth in order to have room for the new veneer. Before trimming off the enamel, the patient will be given an anesthetic so that there is no pain. Keep in mind, the molds that are obtained will be

created in a couple of weeks.


Once the veneers arrive back at the dentist's office, it is time to apply them to your teeth.

Before the veneer is cemented to your tooth, the dentist will take some time situating the veneer and ensuring that the shape, size, and color match your existing teeth. Once the dentist is satisfied with this, the veneer is positioned on the tooth. Next, a light is used to allow the cement to harden quickly. All excess cement will be removed, and the dentist will evaluate your bite to ensure that it is working correctly.


You may expect a follow-up treatment in a couple of weeks to see how the veneers are working out in your everyday life.


Advantages of Veneers


Many people elect veneers because they look and feel so similar to your natural teeth. Additionally, veneers don't require any special care, and you should care for them in the same manner as you do your current teeth. Other advantages are that the gums tolerate porcelain veneers very well, and they are also stain-resistant.


How Long Do Veneers Last?


While veneers are not considered a reversible procedure, they also do not last a lifetime. Most veneers should last between 7-15 years before needing to be replaced.


Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Veneers?


Generally speaking, insurance does not cover the cost of veneers because it is typically considered a cosmetic procedure.




If you aren't satisfied with your smile, then we may be able to help. At Progressive Dental, we want all our patients to have a smile they can be proud of. Please contact our office if you would like more information about dental veneers. Schedule your consultation today!