Dental veneers are tooth-colored, thin, shell-like coverings which are prepared by dental labs. And, as mentioned on the website of Smiles by Rizzo, a popular dentist in Rutherford, they can greatly change the appearance of your teeth. They are customized depending on the patient's tooth and are adhered to the labial tooth surface for improvement in a smile. These dental veneers help in changing the shape or size of the tooth. Dental veneers are either prepared using porcelain or resin composite. Porcelain veneers are better than the resin composite ones as they have similar properties to natural teeth. 


  • It works well for discolored teeth such as teeth that have been subjected to the use of medications like tetracycline, root canal treatment, excessive use of fluoride, huge resin fillings.
  • It helps in restoring worn out teeth.
  • Veneers work well in conditions where teeth are broken or chipped.
  • It works well for teeth that are misaligned, irregularly shaped or are uneven.
  • It helps in covering the gaps between teeth.


  • They offer a similar appearance to natural teeth.
  • The gums tolerate the porcelain veneers in a most effective way.
  • The porcelain veneers offer resistance against stains.
  • The porcelain veneers help change the color of dark teeth to the lighter ones.
  • Veneers are one of the conservative methods of changing the tooth’s shape and color. Dentists do not perform extensive cutting for application of veneers, but they offer stronger support with a more aesthetic option for patients.
  • However, there are few disadvantages of veneers which include that it is an irreversible process.
  • The veneers are very costly compared to other restorative options.
  • They are unrepairable if they crack or chip.
  • You might feel sensitivity after the application of veneers as the enamel which is the upper layer of the tooth is removed.
  • Veneers might not have the exact color to your natural teeth and once in the oral cavity, their shade cannot be changed.
  • Veneers might dislodge if you have a nail-biting, ice chewing or pen chewing habit.
  • You might experience tooth decay even after the application of veneers.
  • Veneers are a bad choice for people who are unable to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • It should be avoided in patients who have teeth grinding and clenching habits.


The process of getting dental veneers includes the following steps:

1- Consultation with the dentist where the patient and the dentist discuss the final results and the most suitable cosmetic restorative procedure. The dentist performs the complete examination of the teeth to evaluate the appropriate conditions in order to place veneers. The dentist discusses the limitations along with the details of the entire procedure before the preparation of veneers. The dentist performs some X-rays of the oral cavity along with the impressions of the upper and the lower arch.

2- For veneer placement, the tooth is prepared by the dentist where he or she removes around half a millimeter of your enamel surface from the tooth. This amount is equal to the veneer thickness which has to be applied over the tooth surface. Prior to the removal of the tooth surface, the dentist applies the local anesthesia over the desired area to numb it. Now after the tooth trimming, an impression or model is prepared of your tooth, and that is sent to the dental lab for fabrication of your veneers. It takes around two to four weeks in the preparation of dental veneers. If the patients have severely distorted teeth and can’t go in social gatherings, then temporary veneers can be placed.

3- Before the permanent cementation of dental veneers over the natural teeth, the dentist places the veneers temporarily over the tooth to examine whether or not it looks great and needs some adjustments. The dentist will repeatedly remove the veneer and trim it until the time exact color and fit is achieved. The dentist adjusts the shade of the veneer by using the proper cement with the accurate shade. Once the veneer looks fine, the tooth is prepared by properly cleaning it, and then it is polished and lastly etched. The etching of the tooth helps in creating the rough texture which offers a stronger bond between the tooth and the veneer. Once the veneer is properly positioned, the dentist applies the light source with high intensity which results in cement activation. This cement then hardens or cures on the application of light. 

4- During the final step, the dentist removes the excess cement from the tooth, evaluates the appropriate bite of the patient and makes final adjustments to the veneers. You might need to visit your dentist for a follow-up visit so that he can evaluate the reaction of your gums to the presence of veneers in the oral cavity.
Get your veneers now to enjoy your new amazing smile!


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