Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers are made from ceramic, porcelain, resin-based composite, or acrylic. Custom-made shells are created by dental lab technicians and permanently bonded to the teeth.

  • Call Your Dentist

    Call your dentist if a veneer chips or cracks.

  • Definition

    A dental veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers are made from ceramic, porcelain, resin-based composite, or acrylic. Custom-made shells are created by dental lab technicians and permanently bonded to the teeth.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    In most cases, dental veneers are an elective dental procedure. This means they are not medically necessary. You might choose to have veneers if you have teeth that are:

    • Chipped or worn
    • Discolored
    • Slightly crooked or uneven

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your dentist will review potential problems, like:

    • Sensitivity to hot and cold—This usually goes away after a few days.
    • Veneer may chip or crack—Veneers are strong, but they are also brittle. You should not put excessive strain on them, such as biting your fingernails or chewing ice.

    Talk to your dentist about these risks before the procedure. If you grind or clench your teeth, your dentist may recommend a nighttime bite guard to protect your veneers.