Updated on April 24, 2024
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The 4 Different Types of Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are custom, tooth-colored shells that fit over the front of your teeth. They’re a cosmetic dentistry procedure that changes your natural teeth’ shape, color, size, or appearance.

In cosmetic dentistry, veneers are sometimes called a “smile makeover.” Although they can’t replace missing teeth, veneers fix the following: 

  • Chipped teeth
  • Inappropriately-sized teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Discolored teeth

What are the 4 Types of Veneers?

There are different kinds of veneers available to fix your cosmetic concerns. They all have different pros and cons, so you must consider those before choosing which one to get.

The most common type of dental veneer is porcelain. Here are the different types of veneers:

1. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is the most esthetic and least harmful material available for dental restorations. It’s also the strongest and longest-lasting of all veneer materials.

Porcelain laminate veneers are extremely biocompatible, so they rarely injure the gum tissues and surrounding soft tissues in the mouth. These veneers can significantly improve the appearance of your smile because porcelain is very natural-looking.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution and require some tooth shaving before placement.

Pros of Porcelain Laminate VeneersCons of Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Blend in with your natural tooth colorExpensive ($925 to $2,500 per tooth)
Stain-resistantLengthy and invasive procedure
Have uniform or consistent smooth texture May fracture, chip, break, or fall off, especially in people who grind their teeth 
Don’t harm your gums or surrounding teeth
Last 8 to 15 years with proper care

CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) porcelain veneers are a new, popular option that provides same-day results. CEREC veneers use high-quality 3D software to design a new, beautiful smile in hours.


Porcelain veneers are the most popular, natural-looking, and durable option. However, they’re also the most expensive.

2. Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a permanent solution and may require some tooth shaving before placement. They’re made of composite resin, a mixture of inorganic and organic materials:

  • Natural materials — Includes the initiator, resin, and coupling agent
  • Inorganic material — The primary inorganic material in composite resin is the filler
Composite Veneers

The bonding material to make composite resin veneers is the same as tooth-colored dental fillings. While strong, they aren’t as durable as porcelain.

Pros of Composite VeneersCons of Composite Veneers
Less invasive procedure (less enamel removal)Weaker and more prone to stains over time than porcelain veneers
They look natural Don’t last as long as porcelain veneers
Has low chance of harming your gum tissueInvolves lengthy procedure
Easily repaired if chipped or broken
Only requires a single visit and no temporary restorations
Last up to 5 to 7 years
Less expensive than porcelain veneers ($250 to $1,500 per tooth)


Composite veneers are made of the same material as most dental fillings. They are relatively durable but do not last as long as porcelain veneers.

3. Lumineers

Lumineers are a brand of veneers. They’re made of ultra-thin porcelain laminate material and require minimal preparation before placement. 


Unlike porcelain veneers, dentists remove less natural tooth structure before placing a lumineer over your tooth enamel. Lumineers commonly treat discolored and irregularly shaped teeth. 

Pros of LumineersCons of Lumineers
Smooth to the touch
Look and feel natural
They are reversible
Have shorter lifespan than traditional veneers
Require less tooth preparation before placement Less natural-looking than veneers
Slightly less expensive than porcelain veneers ($800 to $2,000 per tooth)More prone to fracture and damage 


Lumineers are a more affordable veneer brand that doesn’t require tooth removal before placement.

4. Removable Veneers (Temporary Veneers)

Removable veneers, or snap-on or temporary veneers, come in two types:

  • Instant veneers — You fit them into your mouth by placing them in hot water and pressing your teeth into the soft-fitting material. 
  • Custom-made clip-on veneers — Making them starts with creating an impression of your teeth that you’ll send to a dental lab. Technicians create a custom-fit set of veneers for you, which you’ll receive by mail.

Dentists always recommend permanent veneers over temporary alternatives. As such, instant ones aren’t ideal for daily use or as a long-term dental solution.

Instant Smile Veneers
Pros of Removable VeneersCons of Removable Veneers
Little to no preparationProne to plaque build-up 
They are much cheaper than other optionsCan harm gums overtime 
Not as natural looking
Short-term option 
May mask more serious issues

Read more about snap-on veneers.


Removable veneers are not a long-term dental solution. They provide instant results but are not durable and natural-looking like traditional veneers.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

A single veneer can cost anywhere between $600 and $2,500. Insurance doesn’t cover this cost because they’re for cosmetic purposes, not a medical necessity.

Veneer treatment price depends on various factors, including:

  • The type of veneer material chosen
  • How many veneers you get
  • Your dentist’s location

How Can You Take Care of Your Veneers?

Taking proper care of your veneers can help them last longer and maintain their natural appearance. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene — Brush and floss your teeth regularly, including the area around the veneers. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging their surface.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects — Veneers are strong but not invincible. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, such as ice, pens, or fingernails, to prevent damage.
  • Limit stain-causing foods and drinks — Dark-colored foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can cause stains on your veneers over time. Limit your consumption of these to maintain the brightness of your veneers.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth — If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard. This can help protect both your natural teeth and veneers from damage.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups — Regular dental check-ups can ensure that your veneers are in good condition and identify any potential issues early on. Your dentist may also recommend a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup around the veneers.

Last updated on April 24, 2024
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