Which Type of Dental Veneer Is Right for You?

Updated on March 3, 2020

According to the New York Times, veneers are constantly getting more and more popular.

But out of all the types of veneers, which one is right for you? With this quick summary of the pros and cons of each veneer type, you’ll be able to decide which kind suits you best.

Different Types of Veneers

There are different types of veneers for teeth, and knowing the best type of veneer for you depends on if you want to aim for ease of placement, lasting power, or looks.


Porcelain veneers originated as a temporary measure that actors used to craft perfect smiles for movies. Some people liked the way they looked so much that they became a permanent measure people used to upgrade the look of their teeth.

It’s safe to rely on your porcelain veneers to last for 10 years, and they can last significantly longer if you take good care of them with your dentist.

However, the creation of porcelain veneers can be a somewhat involved process. Your dentist will have to take an impression of your teeth, and they may also grind parts of your teeth down to prepare them to receive veneers. On top of that, you may need anesthetic or shots to manage pain while they are applied.


A typical palatal veneer will be made of gold, though you can also get porcelain alternatives. They are not intended for the front of your teeth, but are used on the inside of your upper teeth as a solution to excessive wear and tear on your teeth.


In terms of lasting power, lumineers are a fantastic choice. They are made of an amazingly strong material that makes them the strongest veneer. Amazingly, despite their strength, they are also the thinnest of your options!

Lumineers aren’t as quick to make as some others. You will probably need 2 or more visits to the dentist to finish getting lumineer veneers.

The strong material of lumineers may make for a thin veneer, but some people actually prefer a thicker veneer. Thinner veneers allow the color of the tooth to show through the veneer. Thicker veneers can create a perfect shining white appearance for your teeth.

On the other hand, lumineers can last for 20 years or more and you can always reverse them if you decide to change your approach.

Non-Permanent Veneers

Non-permanent veneers can be easily removed by your dentist, and even at home with a little practice. They are usually used before you get your permanent types of dental veneers, but you can stick with non-permanent veneers if you prefer.


Bioclear is an interesting alternative to veneers. It performs the same function of restoring a pearly white smile, but Bioclear cost can be much cheaper than veneers. Also, it doesn’t require your teeth to be ground up in any way!

Brighten Up Your Smile

We hope you learned something helpful about types of veneers. To learn more about health topics and patient care, check out our other pages.

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