Different Types of Dental Veneer: Know What’s Perfect for You

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Dr. Justin Soon

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Different Types of Dental Veneer: Know What’s Perfect for You

When it comes to a smile makeover, dental veneers are a popular option. But with so many different types of veneers available, how do you know which one is right for you? It’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type before making a decision.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of dental veneer available and help you decide which is perfect for you.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are popular dental restoration options that can help restore the strength and appearance of teeth. They are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of your tooth.

Veneers are made from durable materials such as porcelain or composite resin and bonded to your natural tooth structure using dental adhesive or dental cement. They help protect healthy teeth and can also be used to address numerous imperfections in teeth, including:

  • Broken teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Damaged tooth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Uneven-shaped teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth decay

If you’re considering getting dental veneers, ask your dentist about the different types to discuss which would be right for your dental issues.

Different Types of Dental Veneers

Veneers are one of the most popular dental treatments, and it’s no surprise why. They allow you to quickly and easily transform your smile, correcting a wide variety of aesthetic concerns. But did you know that there are actually several different types of dental veneers?

Here’s a quick overview of the most common types of veneers, along with their advantages and disadvantages:

Porcelain Veneers

These are made from thin sheets of porcelain, which are then bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is a popular choice for dental veneers because it looks natural and can be colour-matched to your existing tooth colour.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • They look very natural.
  • They are strong and durable.
  • They resist stains well.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • They are more expensive than other types of veneers.
  • They require more preparation of the tooth before they can be applied.
  • They are an irreversible procedure.
  • It may cause tooth sensitivity.

Composite Veneers

These are made from a composite resin material, which is then shaped and moulded to the desired shape and colour. Composite veneers are typically less expensive than porcelain veneers, but they may not last as long.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

  • They are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • They can be applied with less preparation of the tooth.
  • They are easier to restore if broken or chipped.

Disadvantages of Composite Veneers

  • They may not last as long as porcelain veneers.
  • They may not be as strong as porcelain veneers.
  • They may not resist staining as well as porcelain veneers.


Lumineers are a type of porcelain dental veneer that is very thin (about as thin as a contact lens). They require minimal preparation of the tooth surface, making them a minimally invasive option. However, they may not be suitable for everyone.

Advantages of Lumineers

  • A more conservative option as they require minimal tooth preparation.
  • Less costly.
  • Can be removed with minimal damage to teeth.

Disadvantages of Lumineers:

  • They may not be suitable for everyone.
  • They may not last as long as other types of veneers.
  • They may not be as good at hiding damages to your teeth.

Removable Veneers

Removable veneers are a type of dental veneer that can be removed and refitted as needed. They offer a more affordable option for those looking to improve their smile and are typically made of composite resin.

Advantages of Removable Veneers

  • These cosmetic teeth are a more affordable option.
  • They can be conveniently removed and re-fitted as needed.
  • They don’t require tooth reduction.

Disadvantages of Removable Veneers

  • They may not last as long as other types of veneers.
  • They may not be suitable for everyone.
  • They may feel bulky.

Which Type of Dental Veneer Is Best?

The type of dental veneer that is best for you will depend on your choice based on your specific needs and goals. Many factors will affect your final choice, including:


Porcelain veneers are the most popular type of veneer because they look natural and resist staining. However, they are also the most expensive type of veneer.

If cost is a concern, composite veneers may be a better option.

Composite veneers are made of a resin material that can be stained to match your natural tooth colour. They are less expensive than porcelain veneers but don’t last as long.

Remember that insurance usually does not cover the cost of veneers because they are considered a cosmetic procedure. Ultimately, the best type of veneer for you is the one that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Type of Veneer

The type of veneer will be based on the type of tooth that needs the veneer. If you have a molar, it’s best to go with a traditional porcelain dental veneer.

However, if you have a visible tooth near the front of your mouth, you may want to go with a Lumineers® dental veneer.

Both types of veneers are made from porcelain and are very strong and durable. They are also both beautiful and will give you a flawless smile.


Porcelain veneers are available in a wide range of colours, so you can choose the shade that best matches your natural teeth.

Composite veneers are available in fewer colours, but you may be able to have them custom-matched to your natural teeth colour.

How Are Dental Veneers Placed on Teeth?

Dental veneers are made of different materials, each with its own placement method. Let’s discuss the five most common types of dental veneers and how they are placed on teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneer placement is a quick and relatively simple process that can give you a beautiful smile. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect:

  1. Your dentist will numb the area around your tooth so that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

  2. They’ll remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel so that the veneer will have something to adhere to.

  3. Once your tooth is prepped, they’ll take an impression of your prepared tooth so that they can create your customized veneer. Traditional porcelain veneers are created off-site, so you’ll be given temporary veneers in the meantime.

  4. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will place them on your teeth one at a time, starting with the most visible tooth. They will then use a special light to harden the bonding agent that is holding the veneer in place.

  5. Finally, they will check to ensure that the veneers look natural and fit comfortably in your mouth.

You may need to come back for a follow-up visit to have any adjustments made.

Composite Veneers

If you’re considering composite resin veneers, it’s important to know what the placement process entails. Here are the steps involved in composite veneer placement:

  1. The first step is to consult your dentist to see if composite veneers are right for you. They’ll assess your teeth and ensure that veneers are the best option to achieve your desired results.

  2. If you decide to proceed with veneers, the next step is to have your teeth prepared for placement. This involves lightly sanding down the surface of your teeth so that the veneers can be bonded effectively.

  3. Once your teeth are prepared, your dentist will then take an impression of them so that the veneers can be custom-made to fit.

  4. Once the veneers are ready, you’ll come back in for a second appointment to have them placed. Your dentist will carefully bond them to your teeth, making sure that they’re seated properly and match your natural tooth colour.

After the veneers are in place, you’ll need to care for them just like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding hard or sticky foods.

Lumineers Veneers

The process of Lumineers veneer placement is relatively simple and efficient, thanks to state-of-the-art technology. Lumineers’ placement process is as follows:

  1. Your dentist will take some digital photographs and X-rays of your mouth. This helps to ensure that Lumineers are the right treatment option for you.

  2. Your dentist will use a special computer software to design your Lumineers. This ensures that your veneers will be in the perfect shape and size to meet your individual needs.

  3. Once your Lumineers have been designed, they will be sent to a dental lab where they will be handcrafted. Once they are ready, you will return to your dentist’s office to have them placed.

  4. Your teeth will be cleansed and prepared for the veneers.

  5. The veneers will be placed on your teeth and checked for fit.

  6. Finally, they will be bonded in place using a special light-activated adhesive.

You can expect your Lumineers to last for many years with proper care. In fact, many patients find that their veneers outlast their natural teeth!

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers can vary depending on several factors. These include:

  • Type of veneer
  • Number of veneers needed
  • Location of the dental office
  • Dentist’s experience

Here’s the average cost of each type of dental veneer. The prices mentioned here are just estimates, and it’s highly recommended that you ask your dentists for a more accurate price quote.

  • Composite Veneers: $450 – $850 (per tooth)
  • Porcelain Veneers: up to $2,500 (per tooth)
  • Lumineers cost: $800-$2,000 (per tooth)
  • Removable veneers: $450-$600 (for both upper and lower teeth)

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for a quick fix to achieve that perfect smile or want to explore all of your options, dental veneers are the answer.

With so many different types and materials available, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why we recommend consulting with your dentist first – they will be able to advise you on the best type of veneer for your individual needs.

Remember to take proper care of your veneers so that they last a long time. It’s best to avoid cold, hard and chewy foods, avoid contact sports, and practice good oral hygiene.

Ready to take the next step? Book online or call Karrinyup Dental Centre at (08) 9341 6233 today!

Dr. Justin Soon


Dr. Justin Soon

Dr. Justin completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Western Australia. Dr Justin completed his surgical implant training under the mentorship of Dr. Glen Liddelow, Dr. Graham Carmichael, and Dr. Brent Allan at the Branemark Centre.

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