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Indications for Veneer Placements

Indications for Veneer Placements


Hello everyone. If you are currently considering dental veneers, I believe there must be some problems on your teeth that need to be solved or you are actually expecting a good transformation that will change the way you look. So I would like to do a simple discussion about what are the situations that composite veneers should be your choice and what is not.


Indications of dental veneer


  • Permanently stained teeth


Permanent stains are not the same as coffee/smoking stains , they are normally endogenous and cannot be removed by scaling and polishing. The picture above is one of the example, intake of antibiotic tetracycline or minocycline during teeth formation stage, thus causing a dark band on teeth. However, to achieve the best result, whitening treatment may be required to lighten the shade of those stain.


  • Hypocalcified teeth

   Hypocalcified teeth

  Generalized white or brown colour discoloration on teeth surface indicates hypomineralized structure that are less aesthetic and prone to dental caries. Composite veneers not only give a better look but protect the vulnerable structure at the same time. However, depending on severity, sometimes dental crown maybe a better choice.


  • Spaces between teeth


   One of the ways to close the gap between teeth is composite veneers. It gives immediate result which can be really satisfying for the patients. However, when the spaces are extensive, braces should be considered to give a more natural look.


  • Peg shaped tooth


   A peg shaped tooth is an undersized, tapered tooth which usually healthy and functional.Composite veneers are effective in creating a shell over the small tooth thus forming a normal appearance.  


Limitations of Composite veneers


  • Scarce enamel layer


  Enamel is the outermost layer of teeth that plays an important role in forming a bond with the composite veneer. Without sufficient enamel, it would be hard for veneers to stay in place. Luckily, this is a less common abnormality.


  • Abnormal contact between your upper and lower teeth


  There are various possible ways of contact between your upper and lower teeth, so professional dentist evaluation is needed to identify the possibility of placing composite veneers. In certain situations, to provide the best result, it will be ideal to get braces treatment beforehand, correct the positions of teeth then only consider about veneers.


  • Poor oral hygiene

   Oral hygiene is the base for any type of dental treatments. Poor oral hygiene not only shorten the lifespan of composite veneers, also it may induce gum infection and caries around the veneers, damaging the original teeth.


  • Parafunctional Habits like bruxism

   What could happen to your composite veneers if you are actually consistently clenching or grinding your teeth? Unavoidably, the composite veneers have much higher chance of breakage or dislodgement. It would be the best if the habits can be corrected before veneers are done but if you are keenly hoping for a faster option, wearing a night guard during sleep could help to provide extra protection and increase the durability of composite veneers.


Composite veneers is definitely one of the quickest and budget friendly treatment option when we are thinking of ways to improve our smile. However, as good as it is, there are always limitations that should be considered. It should not be the only solutions. Our dentist in White Density Dental Clinic are ready to listen to our patients’ concern and provide customized treatment plan according to individual situations. 

If you are looking for advice, or you would like to enquire more about composite veneers, you are always welcome to write to me at cliogan@whitedensity.com or contact us directly at 016-248 4808.