Types of Veneers

Types, Versions & Brands of Veneers

As far as many patients are concerned, veneers are veneers; they don’t have different types, thicknesses or luminosity. But as cosmetic dentists who have dedicated much of their career to dental veneer applications, we’re here to tell you that isn’t the case. And if you’re thinking about starting the process and undergoing a veneer smile makeover, then who better to break down the types for you so you can make a better-informed choice for the future of your smile?

Scroll to explore the various types of veneers, all with unique advantages and considerations (prices also included).

1. Porcelain Veneers

  • Costs from £1,200
  • Two appointments
  • Some preparation

Porcelain veneers are the industry’s best. They are crafted from high-quality ceramic and resemble natural teeth. Porcelain veneers provide a natural-looking smile because they are known for their durability (lasting up to 20 years), stain resistance, and translucency of natural enamel. They come in various types and brands, with various thicknesses and strengths, like Emax, Durathin, and Ultrathin.

They take over two appointments to apply, as the porcelain veneer shells are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on your impressions from your first appointment.

2. Composite Veneers (or instant veneers)

  • Costs from £500
  • One appointment
  • No preparation

Composite veneers are made from tooth-coloured composite resin, which is directly sculpted onto the teeth and shaped by a cosmetic dentist. Because composite veneers are not fabricated in a dental laboratory, they can be applied in a single appointment. One benefit is their price point; composite veneers are much more affordable per tooth, but that said, they do not last as long and are more prone to staining and chipping, although they are easily repaired.

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3. Lumineers

  • Costs from £900
  • Two appointments
  • Minimal preparation

Lumineers are a specific brand of ultra-thin porcelain veneers that are widely used and recommended because they involve minimal application preparation. Unlike standard porcelain veneers, which might require some enamel removal to ensure a proper fit, Lumineers can be bonded directly to the tooth without extensive preparation or etching because they are incredibly thin (the size of a contact lens). The benefit of Lumineers is that they preserve more of the natural tooth structure, making them an appealing choice for patients concerned about enamel reduction.

4. No-prep veneers

  • Costs from £500
  • One-two appointments
  • Minimal or no preparation

As the name suggests, no-prep veneers require minimal to no tooth preparation before placement. Like Lumineers, they preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible and are offered by brands like Ultrathin, Durathin and Emax.

Made from an ultra-thin porcelain or composite material, they are a conservation option for patients wanting to keep their underlying teeth intact. But they’re unsuitable for all cases, and candidacy is based on the patient’s needs and goals.

Book a consultation to see what type works for you

As veneers come in various types, sizes and thicknesses, each with advantages and limits, choosing which type to opt for will depend on your dental condition and aesthetic goals. If you opt for porcelain, composite, Lumineers, or other no-prep, instant veneers, a prior consultation is necessary to ensure optimal results and long-term satisfaction. Your consultation will also walk you through your total costs and finance plans to fit your budget.

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