What are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers, often referred to as veneers, are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour) through your dentist. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. They function and look just like your normal tooth enamel.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth, hide discolouration and malformation and recreate a smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and, although long lasting, they may some day need replacement; however, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile. They don’t stain or discolour like enamel.

Reasons for getting porcelain veneers: 

  • Cosmetically – to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile 
  • Crooked or stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Severely discoloured or stained teeth 
  • Teeth that are too small or large
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anaesthesia required during the procedure.  

The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mould or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. If the teeth have not been bleached recently it is advisable to bleach prior to deciding on the final shade.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers. If your bite is very heavy or uneven the dentist may suggest wearing a night splint.

Porcelain Veneers
(compared to contact lens)