Common Types of Veneers

Veneers are thin shells dentists bond to your natural teeth to improve their appearance. They correct many dental issues, including discolored, broken, chipped, short, uneven, and misaligned teeth. Veneers can alter the color, shape, and size of your teeth. You can have veneers on one tooth, but most people use them on the front six to eight six teeth to achieve a symmetrical look. Marvin Taylor DDS may recommend veneers if your teeth do not improve after other dental options like teeth whitening. Your dentist customizes your veneers to ensure they fit perfectly and give you a natural smile. Below are common types of veneers.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are most commonly used. They are made from ceramic materials and are fully customized to match the color of your tooth. Compared to composite veneers, porcelain shells resist stains better. Porcelain veneers match the color of your existing teeth, giving you a natural dental look and smile, and can withhold a better extent of biting pressure. These shells are biocompatible, so they do not negatively affect your gums or surrounding mouth tissue. Porcelain veneers are durable. They can last between ten to fifteen years if you take care of them.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made from a combination of organic and inorganic components. Compared to porcelain veneers, they last a few years and poorly resist staining. You only need one treatment session for the complete placement of composite veneers. If your composite veneers chip, your dentist can repair the damaged region. Composite veneers are comfortable and do not harm the surrounding tissues. These shells can last between five to seven years.

Palatal veneers

Onlays usually restore posterior teeth, while palatal veneers, also known as palatal onlays, restore anterior teeth. They are often made from porcelain laminates, composite resin, or gold. A deep bite, bruxism, or dental erosion can cause palatal damage to your anterior teeth. Erosion can result from long-term vomiting or severe acid reflux. Palatal veneers only correct the damaged regions, leaving the rest of your teeth intact.


Lumineers veneers are ultra-thin and translucent shells and are reversible. They resemble the shade and shape of your natural teeth. The ultra-thin trait makes tooth recontouring and enamel shaping unnecessary before placement. Lumineers have a high risk of chipping, but if you maintain them in good shape, they can last more than porcelain and traditional veneers up to over ten years. They have smooth surfaces and give you a natural dental look and smile.

Removable veneers

Removable veneers are minimally invasive and non-permanent. They appear unnatural. Removable veneers increase your risk of accumulating plaque and can harm your gum tissue. There are two kinds of removable veneers; instant and custom snap-on veneers. Instant veneers involve your dentist placing the shells in hot water and pressing them on your teeth. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth to design custom snap-on veneers.

Veneers are then thin shells bonded to your teeth’ surface to improve dental look and smile. There are various types of veneers, including porcelain, composite, Lumineers, palatal, and removable. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center to improve your dental appearance.