What Exactly Are Veneers and What Difference Do They Make?

Young woman with new veneer smile

More than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. 

If you’re in that group, a dozen different issues can steal your confidence. When your teeth are yellowed, chipped, uneven or misaligned you find yourself covering your mouth and dodging the camera. And more than likely, you’re looking for anything that can help.

That’s when a lot of people first hear about veneers.

If you’ve heard about this popular treatment you might wonder if they could work for you.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know:

  1. What exactly are veneers?
  2. Are veneers worth it?
  3. How do I get veneers?

What Exactly are Veneers?

Examples of veneers

Veneers are custom-made porcelain “shells” that cover the front of your teeth.

These shells are super thin and are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their appearance.

While veneers are made for individual teeth, they’re one big component of a complete smile design. A dentist fits them together to help control the shape, length and alignment of your teeth.

Typically veneers are made of porcelain so they resist stains and mimic natural teeth well. They also last a long time.

What Do Veneers Do?

Boulder Valley Dental before and with veneers

Veneers work wonders in cosmetic dentistry.

They have many aesthetic benefits and are recommended for discolored, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth.

But veneers also help teeth that are misaligned or uneven. Plus, they can close the space between teeth with gaps. For that reason, veneers are like “instant orthodontics” for more mild issues.

Are Veneers Worth It?

Boulder Valley Dental before and with veneers

Many people find veneers life-changing.

That’s not an overstatement. People who have been embarrassed by their teeth for years can’t believe the transformation.

Veneers completely hide tooth problems. They give you a natural, healthy-looking smile.

People love how bright and flawless their smile looks. And the confidence to speak up and be seen touches other parts of their lives. 

I’ve had patients who have earned job promotions or found an incredible romantic partner after getting their teeth fixed. 

Though veneers aren’t some magic process, they really do help you smile more. And studies show smiling more makes you happier.

Check out this video to hear the difference veneers made for Sally.

How Do I Get Veneers?

If you’re interested in the self-esteem boost that comes from beautiful veneers, talk with your dentist.

At Boulder Valley Dental Center, we make the process for getting veneers as simple as possible.

I sit down with my patients to talk about the smile they want. We get specific about the parts of their teeth they’d like to improve.

After this interview, we take preliminary impressions. We send these impressions to the lab, who creates a temporary wax model.

You get to try on this temporary model and see what it looks like for two weeks. That way you can see exactly what your veneers will look like before you commit to anything. We can make any changes you want. But most of the time, they love what they see the moment they try them on.

Once you love your temporaries, the lab builds the porcelain version. You come back in for an easy appointment and walk out with your veneers and a beautiful smile.

In as little as two appointments, your smile can be transformed.


This article gives you everything you need to know about veneers.

Here’s a quick summary:

What exactly are veneers? Veneers are little naturally-looking porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth. 

What difference do veneers make? They’re a great treatment for many dental issues and can completely transform your smile and your confidence.

How do I get veneers? A great local dentist can walk you through the process. Contact Boulder Valley Dental and I’d love to walk you through the process.

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