Dental & Oral Health

Dental Veneers - Advantages and Disadvantages

Written by
Dr. Nivedita Dalmia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Mar 07, 2017 and last reviewed on Aug 02, 2019   -  2 min read



Dental veneers are used to improve the color, shape, and position of front teeth and make your smile beautiful. Learn more about dental veneers here.

Dental Veneers - Advantages and Disadvantages

What is a Dental Veneer?

  • A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of the tooth, for aesthetic purpose.
  • Veneer is like an artificial covering over a tooth surface.

Types of Veneer

  • Porcelain veneer.
  • Composite veneer.

Let's Compare Porcelain Veneer with Composite Veneer:

  • Composite veneer can be built directly in the mouth whereas porcelain veneer cannot be built like that.
  • Composite veneer appearance is like that of a porcelain veneer.
  • Porcelain veneer is more expensive than composite veneer.
  • Porcelain has comparatively higher durability and strength.

Procedure to Place Veneer Over Tooth Surface

The following are the steps involved while placing a veneer over the tooth surface.

  • Cleaning of the tooth surface.
  • The outer enamel surface is removed so that veneer can be placed over tooth surface.
  • 1/2-1 millimetre enamel is reduced.
  • Both the sides of the tooth (contact area between the tooth are also prepared.
  • Once the preparation is over, impression of the prepared tooth is taken.
  • Cast is prepared from the impression and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneer. The veneer is fabricated in the lab.
  • Shade guide is used to select the colour of the veneer matching with the adjacent tooth.
  • Veneer is then bonded over the front tooth surface using bonding agent.

What are the Uses of Veneer?

A dental veneer is needed in the following conditions:

  • To improve the colour, shape and position of front teeth.
  • To close small gaps between the front teeth.
  • For discoloured tooth, to establish the original colour.
  • For slightly fractured tooth.
  • For root canal treated tooth.
  • To correct mild surface erosion at the biting end of the front teeth.
  • To correct slight mal-alignment of the teeth.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wearing a Veneer


  • More aesthetic.
  • Stain resistant when compared to tooth colored fillings.
  • Minimal tooth preparation is required when compared to a crown.
  • It is a lesser invasive procedure than other methods such as dental crowns.
  • No additional maintenance necessary apart from a check-up with dentist once in every six months.


  • Expensive dental procedure.
  • It is an irreversible procedure.
  • Fragility of the veneer.
  • Teeth sensitivity may occur after placing the veneer.
  • Debonding of the veneer may occur when you bite hard food stuff.
  • Change in colour may occur.
  • Individuals with veneer placed on their tooth cannot bite hard food using front tooth (such as apples, meat, guava, biscuits,etc.)

Alternate Options other than Veneers

Dental restorative techniques other than veneers include:

  • Crowns (tooth cap).
  • Composite restoration (tooth colored fillings).

Do you have a discolored front tooth? Consult a dentist online for opinion regarding dental veneer -->

Last reviewed at:
02 Aug 2019  -  2 min read




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