Can Veneers Protect My Teeth?

Can Veneers Protect My Teeth?

by Shearly (SU)

If you’re looking to correct the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, gapping, pitted, or discolored, you may want to consider veneers. They’re thin artificial coverings that are directly applied over the front of your natural teeth, replacing some of the original tooth enamel.

Not only do veneers improve your smile, but they also can protect your teeth from further damage or discoloration. They are applied permanently, so you do not remove them at nighttime to clean them – as you would dentures, for example.

Benefits of Veneers

Why use a porcelain veneer instead of a tooth whitener to treat discolored teeth? Because, for some people, superficial stains do not respond well to bleaching or other tooth-whitening options.

Porcelain veneers are also a good choice for correcting fractured teeth and for those with significant gaps. These types of tooth issues can cause bite-related problems, and these problems can be corrected with veneers.

Dental veneers have certain advantages over other cosmetic dental options. For one thing, they are individually sculpted for each patient, making it almost impossible to tell the difference between the veneer and a natural tooth.

Unlike your natural teeth, porcelain veneers resist coffee and tea stains and – because they are manufactured from high-tech materials – won’t yellow from cigarette or cigar smoke. And unlike dental crowns, your natural teeth remain largely intact when altered to fit the custom veneer.

Plus, veneers can be designed to match the shade of your adjacent teeth or – for teeth that resist whitening – make even the darkest of teeth appear white. When made of high-quality porcelain, they reflect light just like natural teeth, with a semi-translucent appearance that blends with your smile.

Types of Teeth Veneers

There are several types of veneers from which to choose:


Also called “direct” veneers, these are made of a thin composite material that is bonded to your tooth’s surface. They are less expensive than other options.

Composite veneers are formed and placed onto your teeth by your dentist in what is usually a same-day appointment. They last about three to five years.

Traditional Porcelain

These dental veneers are quite thin and are typically the most expensive type of veneer. Traditional porcelain veneers require at least two office visits.

Your dentist will first prepare the tooth or teeth that each require a veneer, and get a mold of each tooth. The mold will then be sent to a lab for forming the veneers.

Once the veneers are ready, you’ll go back and have your dentist place them onto your teeth. They typically last up to 10 years or more.

Lumineer Porcelain

Also called laminates, these are the newest type of veneer product, and they are made of porcelain or resin. Lumineers usually do not require your dentist to first file down your teeth slightly before the procedure, like traditional porcelain veneers do.

However, because of this, the teeth can look and feel thicker than with traditional porcelain veneers. Application of these veneers typically takes two office visits.


This alternative to the other types of dental veneers does not require removal of any tooth material. They are bonded to the front surface of your teeth more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers. The only downside is that they make the teeth feel slightly fuller and look slightly larger than before.

How Are Traditional Porcelain Veneers Applied?

Your dentist or orthodontist will remove a small amount (less than a millimeter) of your original tooth enamel to create room for the veneer. This way, the veneer will naturally fit your mouth and accurately restore natural tooth function – while creating a better appearance than your original tooth.

Light-sensitive resin is used to permanently adhere the veneer to the tooth. The resin hardens using a special curing light in the dentist’s office, providing a strong, secure bond.

Creating Beautiful Smiles in Eugene

To achieve the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted, talk to the experts at 360 Dental in Eugene, Oregon, about custom-made dental veneers. We’re here to improve your smile and help you maintain excellent oral hygiene.

Call us today at (541) 689-1645 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ari Binder. We look forward to serving you.