What Is Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-coloured material, usually porcelain, bonded to teeth to improve your smile. It is the most common cosmetic procedure done for smile make-over in dentistry due to its simplicity and versatility. Whether your teeth are crooked, chipped, spaced, stained, discoloured, mishapen or crowded, dental veneers can give you a straighter and brighter smile.

Treatment with dental veneers usually takes at least two appointments. A diagnostic ‘mock-up’ may be necessary so you can visualise what the end product is like. An impression (mould) of your prepared teeth will be taken and dental veneers are custom designed and fabricated based on that to fit over your own teeth. Each case is planned individually to enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

Common FAQs

How durable are porcelain veneers?

The expected lifetime of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between 7 and 20 years. Veneers sometimes dislodged or chips. If this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.

If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like? Will they be sensitive?

Generally, cemented restorations, such as crowns or veneers (see the procedure section), will require two visits: one to shape the teeth and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. Between visits, your dentist can place attractive provisional restorations to help prevent sensitivity, allow limited function, and provide a nice smile. These temporaries are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time, but should be comfortable and natural looking until your new smile is completed.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

No, porcelain veneers should never stain.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

The expected lifetime of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between 7 and 20 years. Veneers sometimes come off or chips. If this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.

How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?

This concern will be addressed by your dental professional. Most people get their veneers in a whiter shade than their natural teeth and then undergo tooth whitening to create a matching aesthetic.

Financial Consideration

How much does my dental veneers cost?

The cost for dental veneers ranges depending on the material of choice. Placing veneers also requires a high degree of technical skills, attention to cosmetic details and considerable amount of clinical time. All these are factored into the costing.