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Dental Trivia: Porcelain Veneer

Minhoon, Dental Technology | Originally Published: 4/29/2019

What is a porcelain veneer?

It might sound a little silly but, here is a question for you!

When you watch a movie or a TV show, have you guys ever payed attention to the actor/actresses teeth?

Are their teeth big, square, and perfect with a very bright white color?


According to

"Porcelain veneers (also referred to as dental laminates), are wafer-thin shells made out of dental ceramic that is bonded onto the front side of teeth.”

And according to PTC Ness dictionary, "It is a thin covering”

So actually, a veneer is a thin porcelain shell that covers your teeth to look aesthetically beautiful.

veneer pic 1An example of a veneer covering the front surface of a tooth

How does it work?

A drill is used to prep teeth for new veneersFirst, the dentist preps the tooth to be restored.

A mold of a patients teethThen, the dentist takes an impression of the patients tooth and sends it to the dental laboratory.

Next, a Dental Technologist pours a cast and finishes the dental veneer.

The dental laboratory sends the veneer back to the dentist.

The dentist cements the veneers into place over the patients prepared tooth.

The patient receives a new smile!!

A before and after example of dental veneers

About The Author

Minhoon is originally from South Korea and is majoring in Dental Technology at LACC. He likes to listen to music, draw, and watch movies during his free time. His favorite part of Dental Technology is that he gets to make appliances that will change someone's weakness in oral cavity to an advantage.