What are cladding? Veneers refer to thin layers of restorative materials typically bonded over the teeth ‘s surface with the aim of protecting the damaged teeth or improving the teeth ‘s appearance. What are those types of veneers? Veneers are classified into two major groups based on the type of material used, i.e. composite veneers and veneers made of porcelain.

What are Veneers for Porcelain? Porcelain veneers also referred to as dental porcelain laminates or dental veneers are thin porcelain wafers that usually have a thickness of half a millimeter applied to the front of the teeth in order to produce a smile makeover and thereby provide a beautiful result. These veneers generally mimic teeth structures better than other restorative materials because they are hard, able to withstand wear and able to last for quite a long time. Mostly, dentist uses porcelain veneers as a method of making cosmetic changes for different teeth problems.

Forms of synthetic resins used as restorative adhesives or materials are composite veneers also referred to as dental composite resins. These types of veneers are characterized by their being: cheap, easy to manipulate, insoluble, dehydration-insensitive and aesthetic.

What can Veneers accomplish?

Veneers are used to cater for many defects in the teeth, such as restoring chipped or worn teeth. They can also be used for discolored teeth especially if an individual has tetracycline teeth stains as the dentist can alter the shapes of the teeth and control their exact shades. Porcelain veneers can also be used to cover the gaps between the teeth, to increase the teeth ‘s length, or to replace braces.


Tooth trimming: this is the first process involving recutting the enamel found on the front side of the tooth where the veneer will be bonded. This is intended in most cases to achieve the same thickness as that of the veneer to be fixed thus significantly increasing the total size of the tooth.

Impression of the trimmed tooth: this process involves making a copy of a trimmed tooth, using it for veneer manufacturing. The impression procedure can usually take two scenarios, i.e. the creation of the tooth ‘s dental molds via impression putty, and then the copy of the tooth is sent to a dental laboratory where porcelain or composite veneer is to be made. It usually takes between two -three weeks to make the veneer. The second scenario is where a special machine consisting of a camera known as a dental milling machine is used to take the impression. This machine then creates the tooth veneer by simply grinding the image from ceramic dental block. This technique is rather beneficial, as both trimming and veneer bonding can potentially occur at once.