If you are not satisfied with your smile, or how your teeth look, you might want to consider veneers as a solution. Veneers are one of the most popular and effective treatment options for those discolored, missing or broken teeth. However, choosing to have veneers fitted also comes with the burden of having to choose the type of veneers to have. Depending on the nature of the problem and budget, as well as what look you’re going for, there are a few different options to choose from.

Composite Veneers

This is one of the most common veneer options. They are normally applied and sculpted during your appointment with the dentist. Composite veneers are useful for small cosmetic issues like cracked or chipped teeth. They can also be used to fix slightly crooked teeth or fill gaps within the teeth. They are popular because of their price, being relatively cheaper than most other options available. They are also preferred because of the fact that they can be fitted and sculptured in one visit.

Porcelain Veneers

In terms of cost, they are the exact opposite of composite veneers. The most expensive option, porcelain veneers are, however, considered the most effective, with a transformative effect that is well worth the investment in the end. The fitting of porcelain veneers normally involves several appointments. There are several visits before the actual fitting. We’ll perform the initial preparation work, with the veneers being created in the laboratory. Porcelain veneers are created specifically for each patient’s teeth, tailored for the individual color and shape. Porcelain veneers are perfect if you have severe discoloration, cracks or chips. They are resistant to staining and last much longer than other types of veneers. The downside is the cost, due to the excessive amount of initial preparation work that has to be done. There is also a bit of drilling and reshaping of the original teeth underneath. Their replacement or repair might also be more expensive than other types.

Instant Veneers

These are the compromise between porcelain and composite veneers. Instead of the custom made direction porcelain veneers take, the dentist will normally apply pre-made veneers to the teeth. They come in different styles and shades based on what is considered the commonly accepted look for teeth. The process is far less expensive than porcelain veneers fitting, and can be completed in a single visit. The fact that pre-made veneers are made, means you will not be relying on the expertise of the dentist in determining just how good your teeth will look in the end. Even though it is not custom made, the effects will, in the most part, be similar. They are fairly stain resistant, but might not deliver the kind of long term results that porcelain veneers deliver.


The removable or snap on veneers are the final option. They are relatively new to the market and are made of hard dental resin. They form a thin, strong cover worn over existing teeth to give the impression of a perfect smile. They look good and are inexpensive, but they are not the best long term solution, especially for those with serious dental issues like cracked or chipped teeth, discoloration issues or those missing multiple teeth.

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, and think veneers may be the best option for you, please give us a call at 602-482-5100 to discuss your options.