What are the Different Types of Veneers, and Which One Should I Choose?

Their is different types of Veneers, learn more here with Dr. Anthony Mobasser.

When it comes to find the best veneer dentist in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, Dr. Mobasser is a total referent and the go-to specialist. He has placed over 10,000 veneers successfully over his 30 years of practice in cosmetic dentistry.

What are the Different Types of Veneers and Which One Should Choose?

Veneers, as you know, are a thin shell of porcelain or ceramic that cover just the front face of the tooth with maybe some overlap to the edge of the tooth. Now, veneers are divided into different categories. We have the porcelain veneers, the composite ones, and the lumineers or no-prep veneers. Let’s get into each one.

As far as the best Aesthetics, porcelain veneers are made out of feldspathic type of porcelain, They look amazing just like tooth structure and feel great, but the drawback is that the material isn’t as strong compared to other types of porcelains available, however they are stronger than the tooth structure once they are bonded to your tooth. Then we have another type of porcelain veneer that is called Emax veneer. The Emax veneers are made of lithium disilicate porcelain. They are pretty strong and nice-looking too, This type of porcelain is translucent, but they can’t compete with feldspathic porcelain. Then you got the third category of porcelain: the zirconia veneers which are the strongest and more opaque. Zirconia veneers has been recently introduced to Los Angeles, Ca USA and all over the world. It’s been tested for nearly a year. While they are fantastic and very bright, they can look as good as the other two, however it requires a much stricter protocol to bond the zirconia veneer to the tooth structure and they may pop off. There is not lots of research and studies done on zirconia veneers vs emax veneers or conventional veneers.


There is a special category of veneers called THIN veneers, in which is between no-prep veneers and conventional veneers. Minimal tooth structure is removed and that is substituted with minimal porcelain thickness to get the desired outcome. The thin veneers are not for everyone, and they cost more than conventional veneers.

The con with feldspathic porcelain, as previously mentioned, is that although they look great, they’re not that strong compared to other types of porcelains available. The zirconium veneers are very strong, but they don’t look as good. The medium in between would be the Emax veneers. 

There are also Emax Porcelain that we can use mostly for lumineers or no-prep veneers. With these, the cosmetic dentist does not touch your teeth at all, porcelain is ADDED to your original tooth structure. The Cosmetic dentist will take an impression of your teeth and add a layer of porcelain to the front of your teeth to change the shape and the color to a certain extent. Shifting a dark colored tooth to a Hollywood white color is not possible, unless the porcelain will be much thicker, in that case patients will dislike the outcome!


Lumineers are a type of prosthetic in which, unfortunately, the cosmetic impact is limited, unlike porcelain veneers, because we are working with what you have. We are not shaping them, we are just adding something on top of it. Unfortunately, when we do that, the layer that’s added might look a little bulky, which is why not everyone is a candidate for lumineers or no-prep veneers. It all depends on the bite, it depends on the position of the teeth, and it depends on the wear and tear inside your mouth. 

The best thing for you to do is to come to the cosmetic dentist and sit down with us. We’ll go over all the conditions of your mouth and usually take digital photos to look at each individual tooth. Then we go ahead and look at the whole smile and do a cursory exam. After that, we decide what you need, we talk, and we come to a perfect solution for your smile.

The first visit is complimentary, of course, and then after that, should you need x-rays or bite analysis to come to a diagnosis and what we can accomplish, we’ll go over the prices and go from there. There’s nothing for you to lose.