a woman in the dental exam chair smiling with her new dental veneers

How Do Veneers Work?


Veneers are a quick and easy way to improve your smile. They can cover a wide range of imperfections from chips and stains to gaps between the teeth. Veneers are like a new facade for your teeth, covering the front row of teeth that are most visible when you smile. You can completely transform your smile in one simple procedure with veneers. 

How do veneers work? Here’s an overview of this common cosmetic procedure and what you can expect. 

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that attach to the front side of your teeth. They slightly wrap around the sides, but only cover the portion of each tooth that is visible to others when you smile. Veneers are different from dental crowns that completely cover the natural crown of the tooth. Crowns are more likely to be done for tooth restoration purposes, as opposed to veneers that serve a cosmetic purpose. 

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers provide a variety of benefits: 

  • Cover stubborn stains. If your teeth have stains that whitening treatments have not been able to remove, veneers can simply cover them up. 
  • Conceal imperfections. If your teeth are chipped, worn down, or have gaps or uneven lengths, veneers can conceal these imperfections. 
  • Nearly instant results. Veneers provide a fast solution for imperfections. Rather than orthodontic treatments that can take years to straighten your teeth, veneers can make your teeth look straight in just a few dental appointments. 
  • Minimally invasive. You won’t have to undergo any surgery or complex dental procedures in order to get veneers. 

Types of Veneers

There are a few different types of veneers available: 

  • Porcelain. The highest quality veneers are made of porcelain. Porcelain resembles the texture of natural tooth enamel for a realistic appearance. It is also strong and durable, providing the bite force of your natural teeth. 
  • Composite. Veneers can be made of composite material. Composite veneers cost less than porcelain, but they are not as strong and don’t last as long. They are more susceptible to staining and chipping. 
  • Instant. Instant veneers are prefabricated, meaning they are not custom made to match the color and shape of your existing teeth. They are the fastest and least expensive option, but they are noticeably lower quality.  

The Process for Getting Veneers

If you choose to get veneers, the first step is to prepare the teeth to receive them. This requires a very thin layer of enamel to be removed from the front side of your teeth, providing space and a coarse texture that is ideal for attaching your veneers. Impressions will then be made of your teeth to create your custom veneers. The veneers are attached with bonding material that is hardened with a curing light. 

Are Veneers Right for You?

Are you dissatisfied with your smile? Do you notice imperfections when you look in the mirror or see pictures of yourself? If so, you may be a good candidate for veneers. Veneers can transform your smile, giving you the ability to smile with confidence and make positive changes in your life. 

It is important to note that veneers are designed to cover cosmetic imperfections. Your teeth must be healthy before you can receive veneers. Any restorative procedures, such as fillings, must be taken care of first. 

Attleboro Family Dental Care Provides Veneers

If you think veneers may be right for you, schedule a consultation at Attleboro Family Dental Care. We provide veneers for patients who are interested in improving the appearance of their teeth. After an evaluation, we can determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for veneers. 

Call 508-222-2510 today to schedule or request an appointment.