A Beginners Guide To Dental Veneers

veneerDental Veneers are the most popular of all our cosmetic dental treatments, providing the perfect remedy for a number of dental imperfections, including:

  • Discoloured Teeth
  • Worn Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Gaps in-between the Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth

What are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a small porcelain shell which fits over the front of the tooth, hiding blemishes and imperfections to give that perfect Hollywood smile; making them the perfect way to change the colour, shape, size and even the length of your teeth.

Veneers are also incredibly stain resistant – so they won’t spoil over time like natural teeth, even when subjected to high staining materials like smoking, red wine or coffee. They are incredibly strong and produce a better result than either bonding or bleaching can achieve. And best of all, they don’t look fake – the veneers are made from such thin material that they are actually translucent, and reflect light in the same way as natural teeth.

To fit your veneers we take an impression of your teeth, and then model the veneers in wax. From this we make a cast, fill it with molten porcelain and apply pressure to produce the finished veneer.

What Makes Our Veneers Special?

While veneers are a popular cosmetic procedure, not every veneer out there is top quality. However, we select only the best porcelain veneers to fit on your teeth.

You may find some dentists offering significantly cheaper veneers. This is because they are using inferior materials, such as laminate or composite shells. Studies of the use of these materials have revealed several issues, including:

  • Bonding failure
  • Discolouration
  • Poor colour matches with the natural teeth.

While a composite veneer may be cheaper than one made of porcelain, but the downside is that they will not last as long and require frequent replacement and maintenance – meaning they turn out to be more expensive over time. Not only that, but these other ‘brands’ of veneer can only be fitted in incredibly specific circumstances and are nowhere near as flexible as porcelain veneers.

It’s because of all of this that we only use the very highest quality materials for our dental veneers. Each and every veneer we fit is custom made and individually crafted in our on-site laboratory to ensure perfect fit, size, shape and colour match for your smile.

Are Veneers Right For Me?

Whilst veneers are an excellent way to achieve that dazzling Hollywood smile, they might not be suitable for everyone. Veneers can only be fitted on the front teeth, and only then if the teeth are in good condition.

A full crown may be more suitable than a veneer if:


  • You have problems with the rear “chewing” teeth
  • Your teeth have been heavily filled
  • Your teeth are decayed
  • Your teeth are crooked or over-crowded


Some Things To Remember

Remember – the fitting of a dental veneer involves removing a thin layer of natural tooth enamel in order to prepare the tooth. This means that you can’t remove the veneer to return to your natural teeth later on. If the veneer chips or cracks then it will need to be replaced.

It’s important to remember that once fitted the colour of your veneers cannot be changed. If you are considering having the remaining teeth whitened along with fitting the veneer, we recommend that you do this first so the veneer colour can be matched with your new tooth shade.

A last note – if you are one of many people who clench or grind your teeth, then veneers may not be a good choice, as this can damage them. Talk to one of our specialists about a crown replacement instead.

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