• Dental Veneers

    (Ceramic Veneers; Porcelain Veneers; Resin-Based Composite Veneers; Acrylic 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.

    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.
    • Stains or cavities can form under the veneer—Especially if veneers are not fully placed or sealed onto your tooth.
    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.

    What to Expect

    Prior to Procedure

    If you are interested in getting dental veneers, you can meet with your dentist to discuss:
    • What you do not like about your teeth, such as discoloration or slight crookedness
    • What you want your teeth to look like
    • Whether you are a candidate for veneers
    • Which kind of veneers are right for you
    Your dentist will explain the procedure and anything you should do to prepare.


    You will have a local anesthetic for some parts of the procedure. This means that the dentist will numb only the part of your mouth that is being worked on.

    Description of the Procedure

    Depending on the kind of veneer you choose, you may need to make several visits to the dentist before your veneers are complete.
    To make room for the veneers, the top layer of enamel will be removed from your teeth. You may be given local anesthetic for this step. It may be given as a gel that is rubbed on your gums or as an injection. The dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a dental lab. The lab will make veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days.
    At your next visit, a mild chemical will be put on your teeth. This will create a rough surface for the veneer to bond to. The veneers will be carefully attached to your teeth using special cement. In some cases, a light-sensitive resin will be used to attach the veneer. A special light will be used to cure and harden the resin.

    How Long Will It Take?

    The procedure will take several hours. You may have to wait a few days between visits for your veneers to be created in a dental lab.

    Will It Hurt?

    You may have some minor pain. You will be given a local anesthetic for some steps of the procedure. Talk to your dentist if your mouth is sore after the procedure. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be advised.

    Post-procedure Care

    You will be able to leave right after the procedure.
    At Home
    When you return home:
      Follow your dentist's instructions to care for your veneers. This may include:
      • Not putting too much strain on your teeth, such as by biting your fingernails or chewing ice.
      • Avoiding substances that may stain your veneers, like coffee, tea, or red wine.
    • You can return to your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice each day and floss between your teeth at least once a day.
    • Your dentist will schedule regular visits to inspect your veneers and polish them if needed.
    Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
    Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

    Call Your Dentist

    Call your dentist if a veneer chips or cracks.


    American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry http://www.aacd.com

    Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association http://www.mouthhealthy.org


    Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry http://www.caed.ca

    Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca


    Bonding and veneers. Canadian Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral%5Fhealth/procedures/bonding%5Fveneers. Accessed February 15, 2016.

    For the dental patient. Improving your smile with dental veneers. J Am Dent Assoc.  2003;134(8):1147.

    Veneers. American Dental Association's Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers. Accessed February 15, 2016.

    Revision Information

  • LiveWell personal health survey

    How healthy are you really? Find out – free.Learn more

    It's time to stop guessing. If you want to make some changes but just aren't sure how, the free personal health survey from LiveWell is a great place to start.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    At risk for a heart attack? Learn more

    Fight heart disease and prevent heart attacks. HeartSHAPE® is a painless, non-invasive test that checks pictures of your heart for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.

  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.