What types of dental veneers are there?

Thanks to innovation in dentistry, there are currently a wide variety of types of dental veneers. 

Made of different materials, each type of veneer has particular characteristics that make it different. This does not mean that there are better or worse, it will always depend on the parameters that are most important to you: durability, naturalness, resistance, price … etc.

There are people who opt for cheaper veneers, but which have less resistance and durability to color changes and breakages, and others who opt to invest a little more money in exchange for benefiting from more natural, resistant and durable dental veneers. 

At this point, you should ask yourself what is most important to you. 

We will always be more in favor of opting for top-quality dental veneers that offer you the best long-term results, as we will see later, but ultimately, the decision will always be the patient’s.  

Next, we tell you the types of dental veneers that exist. 

Porcelain veneers

We’ll start with one of our best recommendations: porcelain veneers , also known as ceramic veneers.

Porcelain dental veneers are thin sheets that are placed on the external face of the tooth and are made of porcelain (as the name suggests).

If they are the traditional ones, they have a thickness of approximately 0.5 mm and for their placement, the preparation of the tooth is required. We explain this part better in our article on how to put dental veneers, so we invite you to read it for more information.

The characteristic of porcelain veneers is that they provide very high durability and resistance. To give you an idea, porcelain is an even stronger material than the natural tooth enamel itself.  

They offer very natural results and are hardly noticeable, something that our patients greatly appreciate. They are customizable and are tailored to the patient so that it does not distort with the rest of the teeth, in the case in which you choose to put only one veneer – we do not recommend this practice, and we are in favor of placing them on at least 4 teeth, those adjacent to the part that needs it). 

Another advantage of porcelain veneers over other types of dental veneers is that they are resistant to staining and color changes, which is not the case in other types of veneers, as we will see later. 

For this series of advantages, we always recommend porcelain dental veneers. 

Now you may wonder if there are types of porcelain dental veneers or if they are all the same and the truth is that there are different types, which have been achieved thanks to technological advances in dentistry.

Among the types of porcelain dental veneers that we find, the Lumineers type dental veneers stand out, some of the latest generation and ultra-thin veneers that have significantly improved the patient’s experience. 

Lumineers type dental veneers

The dental veneers Lumineers type are few ultra thin veneers, no more than 0.3mm thick adhering to the tooth adhesively.

This is a great advance over traditional veneers, since being adhesive they do not require tooth preparation and are fully reversible. 

Its extremely thin thickness means that the transition between the gum and mucosa, with the veneer itself, is not perceptible, so the final result is one hundred percent natural and perfect.

Among its main characteristics, it also stands out that Lumineers type veneers have the ability to reflect light, achieving a total similarity to natural teeth.

At the moment, even having a higher price than other options, Lumineers dental veneers are the most requested due to their ease of placement, because they do not need to prepare the tooth and because, as they are made of porcelain, in addition to the benefits already mentioned, They offer a unique resistance both in hardness and in color change, something very important if you value how long dental veneers last.

Contact lens type dental veneers

The dental veneers contact lens type are those adhesively placed, as we mentioned above lumineers, although not the only ones. 

They stand out because they do not require tooth preparation and are extremely thin, 0.3 mm, which allows the tooth to be veneered without the need for any dental wear. 

We consider contact lens type veneers to be lumineers type veneers (which we have discussed in the previous section) and E-max veneers, of which we have not yet told you. 

E-max veneers share this quality of being adhesive and ultra-thin and are made with a ceramic made from lithium silicate glass, also known as pressed ceramic. They are extra resistant, but slightly more opaque than the Lumineers. 


Once you have seen the most innovative veneers on the market, we will talk about a more traditional type of veneer that has been on the market for years and that will surely sound familiar to you, we will talk about composite veneers. 

Composite dental veneers

The dental composite veneers are made of a synthetic resin composite called as quoted by their name. Composite is an acrylic resin material mixed with ceramic particles, widely used in fillings and fillings. 

It offers great hardness and cheaper prices than other types of dental veneers, such as the ones we have mentioned in the previous sections.

These veneers do require tooth preparation, so they are permanent. If one is damaged, it should be changed to maintain the aesthetics of the smile. 

Composite dental veneers are cemented on the same tooth, shaping it so that they maintain a similar shape and color to the adjacent teeth, although they have the disadvantage of not being completely imperceptible. 

If you asked us for advice on what type of dental veneer to use or if we would recommend composite veneers, the truth is that we would choose to recommend other options. 

Composite dental veneers, despite being resistant and cheaper, do not offer great resistance to staining and color changes, making their durability much less. 

On the other hand, another disadvantage that we detect is that they are not translucent or offer the luminosity that other porcelain veneers give you, so we consider that they are somehow of poorer quality and their results are not as natural as porcelain veneers. 

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