Dental Veneers (The Basics Explained)

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Jonathan G. Campbell, DDS, FAGD
One of the top rated Dentist in Salt Lake City, UT
smiling girl with golden hair after dental veneers

Are you considering cosmetic dentistry?

Well, you may have discovered dental veneers and their amazing ability to completely transform the appearance of teeth.

At Legacy Dental, we offer a wide range of treatments and help you understand what dental veneers are, how long they last, and their pros and cons.

If you’re interested in veneers, then read on to learn about the basics.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure to create a beautiful smile. They’re available in composite and porcelain materials.

Composite veneers are bonded onto teeth.

But the superior option is made of porcelain.

Porcelain veneers are made of thin porcelain shells that are custom-crafted to adhere to teeth and improve their appearance.

Dental veneers improve the tooth’s shape, size, and color. They can even adjust your bite’s alignment.

They’re used to correct one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire smile.

They let you go as little or big as you like in your smile makeover.

There’s no other dental procedure that can fix so many tooth imperfections at once.

Dental veneers fix:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Misaligned teeth and gaps in teeth

They look beautiful and natural, but they’re not a permanent solution.

How long do dental veneers last?

How long veneers last depends on several factors.

First, take into account the type of veneer.

Composite veneers may only last 5-7 years with proper care on average.

While porcelain veneers last 10 years. With excellent care, they may even last up to 20 years.

To make your veneers last longer, don’t:

  • Chew on ice
  • Use your teeth as a tool to rip things
  • Smoke

It’s also important to maintain regular dentist visits for professional cleanings and checkups where the dentist also checks your veneers’ integrity.

What are the pros and cons of dental veneers?

Dental veneers are one of the best cosmetic dentistry procedures, but are they right for you?

The pros and cons of dental veneers will help you decide:


  • They’re the fastest and easiest way to transform your teeth instantly.
  • Veneers have the power to improve the look of a smile drastically.
  • They create a straight smile without braces or aligners.
  • Veneers restore the function of a tooth if it’s slightly cracked.
  • They prevent further damage to a chipped tooth.


  • Porcelain veneers require prep work (light enamel removal), so the procedure cannot be reversed.
  • They aren’t permanent and will need to be replaced (they do last for many years).

As you can see, dental veneers have more pros than cons.

But to truly decide if they’re right for you, you need to consider your smile, goals, time, and budget.

Your dentist will help determine if you’re a candidate for veneers and will help you choose composite veneers or porcelain veneers based on your needs.

Looking for porcelain veneers in Salt Lake City?

At Legacy Dental, we know the power an improved smile has in boosting confidence and, in turn, your life.

Let us help you reach your optimal dental health while ensuring your comfort.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a client testimonial:

“The entire office at Legacy Dental are polite and respectful, and make your whole experience easy and delightful! I trust them all impeccably and can’t think of any other dentist office that has this high level of professionalism, respect, and care for their patients! I highly recommend them.” -Joyce G.

But there’s more…

You can’t miss our before-and-after images.

Learn about our porcelain veneers transformations here.

In addition to dental veneers, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services:

  • Dental implants
  • Crowns
  • Bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum contouring

Schedule your dental veneers consultation:

We’re located in Salt Lake City and serve the following areas: Salt Lake County, Millcreek, East Millcreek, Holladay, Sugarhouse, Murray, Midvale, South Salt Lake, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, and Herriman.

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