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Types of Veneers: What’s the Difference?

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How can you approve the appearance of your smile? If you have chipped, damaged, discoloured, or smaller than average teeth, veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for! 

Veneers can transform the look of your smile by hiding tooth blemishes and imperfections. But with all of the different types to choose from, how do you know which type of veneer is best for you?

At West 85th Dental, we offer a range of cosmetic services to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you’re interested in veneers, teeth whitening, or teeth straightening, we’re here to help! Book an appointment today to see how we can improve your smile.

Until you can see us, learn more about the types of veneers, how they differ from one another, and how they can benefit you! 

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made caps that fit over your existing teeth, or attach to the front surface of your teeth, to improve their appearance. There are several types of veneers but most are made of porcelain or resin-composite materials.

Veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth during an in-office procedure, meaning they’re a long-lasting treatment. Because they’re a long-lasting treatment, it can be a big decision to make, but we’re here to help you learn everything about the different types of veneers and how each type offers different benefits. If you ever have any questions, our team is here to answer them. Contact us at 85th West Dental! 

What do Veneers Treat?

Veneers can be used to treat a number of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Broken, chipped, or damaged teeth
  • Tooth discoloration or uneven coloring that can’t be fixed with teeth whitening
  • Gaps in the teeth
  • Smaller than average teeth
  • Pointed, unusually shaped, or uneven teeth

The 5 Types of Veneers

There are 5 main types of veneers, each with their own benefits. Let’s look at the differences between each type. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneer. They are made of a tooth-coloured ceramic to mimic the look of your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are strong, durable, and stain-resistant, but one of the more expensive options. They typically last 8-15 years. 

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made of composite resin, a material containing both organic and inorganic substances. The organic part of the veneer contains resin, the initiator, and a coupling agent, and the inorganic part is the veneer filler. 

Composite veneers are less expensive compared to porcelain veneers but are also less durable. Although they can be damaged more easily, they can also be repaired in a single visit to the dentist. 

A woman sitting back in a dental chair while a dentist compares her teeth' color to the veneers


Lumineers are a brand of veneers that take less preparation and dental work than traditional veneers. These veneers are made of an ultra-thin porcelain laminate material, and can last just as long as porcelain veneers.

Because Lumineers are made of a thinner material, they can sometimes show discolouration underneath, making them a better option for people with no complaints of tooth discolouration. 

Palatal Veneers

Palatal Veneers, or Lingual Veneers, are custom-built veneers using porcelain laminates or composite materials, and are used to restore the posterior teeth, the surface behind the front teeth. 

Damaged palatal teeth can impact the rest of your teeth and your oral health, so palatal veneers are a great option if you’ve experienced damage to this part of your teeth.

Temporary Veneers

Temporary veneers are also known as removable veneers or snap-on veneers. They are typically used as a temporary solution while permanent veneers are being made.

They are made of a more flexible type of resin so they can be easily removed and replaced. 

What Type of Veneers are Best for Me?

If you’re interested in veneers, your dentist can help you determine which are best for you. Book an appointment today at West 85th Dental to get started!

When choosing veneers, there are several factors to consider: 

  • Cost
  • Length of instillation time 
  • Your personal dental concerns & needs
  • Appearance of the veneers
  • Longevity & durability of the veneers
  • Your dentist’s recommendations

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Veneers are a great option for those wishing to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile. Veneers can give you a brighter, more even smile, and can be custom-made to look like your natural teeth. 

Depending on the type of veneer you choose, they can last more than a decade, giving you a smile you can confidently show off. If you’re unhappy with your smile, veneers are a great investment. To learn more about veneers and how they can benefit you, book an appointment or get in touch with our team at West 85th Dental. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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  • Written by Dr. Raman Minhas

    Dr. Minhas was born and raised in Calgary, and after completing his dental training at the University of Alberta in 2008, returned home to practice. He opened West 85th Dental with Dr. Kaloti in 2013 and has now been practicing dentistry for over ten years.

    Dr. Minhas enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, from pediatric dentistry to surgical dentistry. When he is not working Dr. Minhas enjoys spending time with his wife Laurie and four children.

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