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Veneers: What You Need to Know

Veneers are thin yet durable tooth-colored shells that can help patients achieve a perfect smile. These easy and high-quality enhancements correct stains, misalignments, gaps, and chips. When considering if veneers are right for you, talk with Ames dentist, Dentistry At Somerset. Our dentists have over 25 years of combined experience with veneers and with helping patients find the ideal solution to get the smiles they want.


We offer consultations for anyone interested in veneers and can help clarify any questions. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office at 515-446-3792. If this is something you’re interested in, review key information about the process, the benefits, and the cautions of veneers to best prepare for your consultation and determine if veneers are right for you.


How it works: 

While resin-based composite veneers are usually inserted in one appointment, porcelain/ceramic veneers require more time and care to prepare. 

First, you’ll have a preliminary appointment where your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth and complete a thorough exam.

Then, the dentist will trim half a millimeter of your enamel for veneer molds, which typically take 1-2 weeks. 

Once the veneers are ready, the dentist will prepare to place them on your teeth by checking the fit and color, as well as thoroughly cleaning your teeth to ensure optimal adhesion. Then, the veneers are attached through special cement and promptly hardened through ultraviolet light. 

After veneers are placed, your dentist in Ames will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure all is well.



  • What are the types of veneers?
    • The most common types of veneers are resin-based composite and porcelain veneers.
  • Which one should I choose? 
    • There are benefits to both, it just depends on personal preference and financial means. The composite veneers are slightly cheaper and require less time/appointments to apply, whereas porcelain veneers are more durable and stain-resistant. 
  • Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
    • People hoping to correct mildly misaligned, chipped, or stained teeth can see quicker and stronger results with porcelain veneers. 
  • Who is not a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
    • People who have significant tooth decay, severely crowded teeth, and/or grind/clench their teeth may not be the best candidates for porcelain veneers. If you’re a grinder/clenched and still would like veneers, talk with your dentist about a night guard and other precautions.




Veneers are a long-lasting solution for a brighter, straighter smile. While composite resin veneers can last 4-8 years, porcelain veneers can last from 12-25 years! This is 2-6 times longer than the average crown, and 3-6 times longer than the average bond. Depending on the type of veneer installed and how much wear and tear it experiences, veneers will almost always outlast the alternatives. 


Polished and Natural-Looking 

Veneers allow patients to enjoy a more polished smile that is still natural-looking. Prior to getting veneers, you and your dentist will determine the ideal color. If you are only getting a few veneers, you can pinpoint a color that would enhance your smile, without blatantly contrasting the rest of your teeth. Otherwise, the sky’s the limit! Unlike bonding, veneers are the most color-stable: not only do they cover stains, but they also help prevent future ones too. Altogether, the style, color, shape, and durability give patients that red-carpet smile.


Noninvasive Option 

Veneers by nature are very thin. In total, they’re about 1 millimeter (mm) in thickness and are bonded to the front of your tooth. While some enamel will be removed prior to application, veneers are less invasive than crowns and will leave more of the tooth intact. 




Comparatively, veneers range from $1,000-$2,000 per tooth for porcelain veneers and $600 for composite veneers. And because veneers are cosmetic, most insurances do not cover the cost. 


Increased Sensitivity 

Immediately following the veneers implantation, some patients report increased sensitivity. While such symptoms are likely to go away, sometimes they persist. In that case, the discomfort and inconvenience of tooth sensitivity can be alleviated through specialized toothpaste. Patients willing to get veneers should expect this possibility nonetheless. 



Because your dentist will change the structure of your tooth and remove parts of your enamel, veneers cannot be undone. They can be replaced, but you cannot return to your original smile. If you are considering veneers, it is important to talk with your Ames dentist at Dentistry At Somerset to make sure it is the right decision for you.