A Guide to the Different Types of Veneers

Do you feel uncomfortable showing your teeth when you smile? I wish there was a way you could improve your teeth so you could have the smile you’ve always wanted?

Well, there is a way—with veneers! Not sure what veneers are or what types of veneers exist? In this article, we’re covering everything you need to know about veneers, so you can decide if they’re the right option for you!

What are Veneers?

In short, veneers are the dental solution to getting a natural-looking perfect smile. They’re a thin shell of material that dentists bond to the front of your teeth. And they’re able to cover a range of dental imperfections, such as chipped teeth, tooth gaps, and misshapen teeth, as well as tooth discoloration.

What Are the Types of Veneers?

If you know little about veneers, you may assume there’s a one-size-fits-all approach to this dental option. But, there are actually two major types of veneers to know about as they serve different functions, and have different costs and coverage associated with them.

Here are the two types of veneers you should know about.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made out of the composite resin material they use for cavity fillings. They can be applied in a single visit and are easily repaired if needed. Which is a good thing as this option doesn’t last for many years?

People who go for composite veneers usually do so because they don’t want to pay for the cost of porcelain veneers. It’s important to note, however, that composite veneers are more likely to chip and stain than porcelain.

So, if you want them to last for as long as possible be sure to take extra care when eating or drinking.

Porcelain Veneers

Have you ever seen a beautiful celebrity’s smile and wondered how they ended up with such perfect teeth? Chances are they have porcelain veneers! Most people have smiles that naturally gorgeous.

Porcelain veneers are the highest quality of veneer options. They’re custom made to fit the size of your teeth and match their existing color.

The procedure for getting porcelain veneers takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares your teeth and takes impressions of them, which they send to a lab to be made. The second appointment is when they’re actually cemented onto the tooth.

Major Differences Between the Two Types of Veneers

Now that you know which each type of veneer is, you’re probably wondering the major differences you should know about. Here are the basic differences to keep in mind when determining which option is right.


As mentioned above, porcelain veneers take typically two visits to get. Composite veneers can be made during your standard visit.

That’s because composites are directly applied to your existing teeth, while dentists have to remove a very thin layer of your teeth before applying porcelain.


High-quality porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years with proper care. But, if they chip or get damaged they can only be replaced not repaired. Composite veneers are more prone to chipping, but they can be fixed if this issue occurs.


At first glance, people assume porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite ones. And that’s generally true. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite ones because they take more time, expertise, and resources to get done right.

But you should, composite veneers can be expensive if you don’t take good care of them. IF you don’t watch it, you could end up paying more for composite than porcelain because of routine chipping.

Ready for a Better Smile?

Your dream smile shouldn’t feel out of reach. And now that you know the types of veneers you can decide which option would work best for you and your smile!

Do you want to do something about your smile? Our dentist can help with any of your cosmetic and restorative dental needs! Contact us to learn more about our available services.