Which Type of Veneers Is Right for Your New Smile?

veneers nyc cosmetic dentist dr. michael j weiThere are so many types of veneers: porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, Lumineers, composite veneers. What are the differences? The similarities? There is a lot to learn and consider. The most important element, though, is finding a Midtown cosmetic dentist who is adept at placing all of these veneers so you can be sure that, whatever veneers you choose, you will end up with a gorgeous, flawless smile makeover.

A Few Things About Veneers

There are several things that all veneers have in common:

  • Designed to fit over teeth to improve their appearance in size, color, shape, and uniformity.
  • Bonded permanently to the front of the teeth.
  • Customized to complement face shape, skin tone, age, gender, and more.
  • Intended to conceal multiple cosmetic complaints all at one time, from chips and gaps to short teeth and discoloration.
  • Made to be durable and long-lasting.
  • Finished to produce a white, healthy, natural-looking smile.

Now, the big question is: What veneer type is best for you?

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers. They are incredibly strong and durable, so much so that they have the power to protect tooth structure and strengthen weak teeth. Some patients pause, however, as traditional veneers require that healthy tooth enamel be sanded down to make room for the veneers.

Prepless Veneers

Prepless veneers are also porcelain veneers, but they are – as the name implies – mostly free of preparation. This means that only a cleaning and light sanding of teeth is necessary to get ready for the placement of the veneers so, should you ever want to reverse the procedure, your natural teeth will not have been harmed by this cosmetic dentistry treatment. Prepless veneers are made of incredibly thin porcelain and are fast becoming an in-demand smile makeover procedure.


Super-thin and super-gorgeous, Lumineers are considered a non-invasive version of veneers, just like prepless veneers. The minimal preparation means temporaries don’t need to be worn while waiting for your customized veneers to be developed.

Composite Veneers

Made of the same kind of composite resin used for tooth fillings, composite veneers are made in the dentist’s office and can be sculpted onto teeth during a dental visit, no need to wait for a lab to create the veneers. Prep is minimal, so tooth structure underneath remains sound, but the dentist applying your composite veneers must have an artistic eye. In the wrong hands, composite veneers can look fake, thick, and unflattering. Composite veneers are about half the cost of traditional veneers. This benefit, however, comes with compromises. Composite veneers are susceptible to staining and may wear down over time.

Get a New Smile with NYC Veneers

If you’re ready to cover up your smile imperfections, choose veneers. Find out which style matches your oral health, budget, and smile goals. Schedule a consultation with Manhattan cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei, and take time to review his Smile Gallery to see before-and-after photos of patients who have invested in veneers.