More and more people want to veneer their teeth. The ultra-thin veneers are indeed an excellent way beautify crooked or discolored teeth. A radiant Hollywood smile - who does not want that? Unfortunately, very few people have white teeth.

Coffee, tea and red wine leave traces on the tooth surfaces. The gray-shimmers can not be cleaned away, which is why more and more people are visiting a specialist to have their teeth veneered with dental veneers. The Ceramic and plastic shells can even compensate for small tooth gaps or cover tooth damage. They are indistinguishable from real teeth.

Overview of this article

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin bowls of ceramic, which are glued to the front or side teeth. Dental veneers are an excellent way to cover up

  • tooth discoloration
  • tooth damage
  • tooth gaps
  • malocclusions

Small or broken teeth can also be corrected using veneers. First and foremost, veneers serve to beautify gray or yellowed teeth that have red wine, coffee, tea or nicotine traces. Many people want a lighter tooth color to be able to smile carefree again.

Dentistry today offers different veneers that are made of either ceramic or plastic. They are extremely fine and between 0.2 and 1 millimeters thick. Due to their small thickness, the shells are extremely transparent, which is why they are not used for severe tooth discoloration.

Types and materials of Veneers

Veneers are available in a wide variety of shapes and materials. Basically, a distinction is made in aesthetic dentistry between

  • Conventional veneers
  • Non-Prep Veneers
  • Immediate Veneers (Veneers-to-Go)
  • Plastic Veneers

Conventional veneers, which are usually 0.3 to 1 millimeter thick, are the most widely used in this regard. These are ceramic veneers that are first carefully pressed before they cure in the oven. Ceramic veneers offer excellent aesthetics because the durable material itself covers heavy tooth discoloration. The only downside is that the teeth have to be prepared to secure the veneers.

In the so-called no-prep veneers no prior preparation of the teeth is necessary. The shells can thus be applied quickly and painlessly without sacrificing the tooth substance. Although no-prep veneers are also made of ceramic, the shells are only 0.2 to 0.3 millimeters thick, so that dark teeth can shimmer through. This category also includes the so-called Lumineers, which are the brand names of commercially available non-prep veneers.

Immediate veneers are also often referred to as "veneers-to-go". These veneers are very cheap. The dentist usually requires only one treatment. Immediate veneers are prefabricated shells made of either plastic or all-ceramic. They are not manufactured in the laboratory, which means that the time required for the patient is extremely low.

Plastic veneers are not prefabricated shells, but dental plastics that are applied to the tooth immediately. For this reason, they are referred to in dentistry as composite veneers.

Application areas for dental veneers

Veneers are used primarily in aesthetic dentistry to beautify discolored teeth. Rough or jagged tooth surfaces can easily be covered with the shells. In addition, dark teeth get a bright white appearance. Also, small teeth can be enlarged and gaps between teeth closed.

Many patients opt for veneers, especially when certain stimulants, especially coffee, red wine and tea, have left their mark. Although the teeth can be brightened a bit by professional teeth cleaning, but the result is usually short-lived. Veneers give the teeth a natural look, because the color does not change even after several years. Veneers have an average lifespan of 6 to 10 years.

Methods when using veneers

There are different methods to use veneers. For the fabrication of conventional veneers, the teeth must first be ground under a local anesthetic to make room for the shells. This is followed by an impression of the prepared teeth, which is sent to the dental laboratory. Using the impression, dental technicians manufacture the veneers while the patient is temporarily treated with a temporary restoration. Once the ceramic veneers are completed, they are used with a two-component adhesive.

The production of no-prep veneers (Lumineers) a bit simpler because the tooth surfaces are not grounded. Thus, no local anesthesia is necessary. For the impression, an appointment is usually required so that the dental technician can produce the wafer-thin ceramic shells. Non-prep veneers are especially suitable for anxious patients.

Veneers-to-go are a new development, which is used primarily after accidents or anatomical tooth malformations (worn teeth, peg teeth). The veneers are already prefabricated, so that the impression is omitted. For this reason, these veneers can also be offered significantly cheaper than conventional ceramic veneers. Because they vary in size, they are used both in the anterior region and in the lateral region. Once they are fitted, they are attached with a special glue.

Plastic veneers (composite veneers) are made of a very special plastic in the dental office and attached directly to the tooth surface.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

Making veneers is easy and not too time-consuming. However, in conventional veneers the teeth have to be grounded, which is why the tooth substance of the prepared teeth is lost. This process is irreversible. Anyone who has opted for conventional veneers can not undo the preparation.

Although non-prep veneers, plastic and immediate veneers are not as resistant as conventional veneers, the tooth structure of the treated teeth remains intact. Another advantage is that the anesthesia is eliminated.

Veneers offer many aesthetic benefits. The shells can be glued not only on tooth surfaces, but also on crowns. If you grind your teeth at night, you should definitely wear a plastic rail, so that the shells do not come loose.

Although veneers are generally well tolerated, care should be taken with poor oral hygiene . Bacteria can colonize beneath the edges of the plastic and ceramic shells, causing caries.

Alternatives to veneers

Whether veneers are possible or not depends primarily on the condition of the teeth. If you only want a whitening of your discolored teeth, you can also resort to bleaching. For larger dental defects veneers find no support. In this case, inlays (cast fillings) or crowns may be necessary to restore the original condition of damaged teeth.


Since veneers are an aesthetic procedure, the costs are unfortunately not covered by the health insurance companies. The costs depend on the type and material of the shells. An average of 150 to 1,000 euros is payable per veneer.

Just schedule a free appointment with one of our specialists to discuss the possibilities of aesthetic treatment.