What are veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-coloured material that are placed over the front or visible part of the tooth. They appear very much like natural teeth.

Veneers can be used for issues such as:

  • Chipped or worn teeth
  • Stained teeth that cannot be whitened by bleaching
  • A big gap between the upper front teeth
  • Uneven spaces
  • Crooked teeth

Porcelain veneers

Our porcelain veneers are made from a very durable material to achieve superior aesthetics.

Porcelain veneers can be placed without removing too much of the tooth structure underneath. A laboratory technician creates the veneer out of porcelain and then stains and glazes the porcelain for a natural-looking appearance.

Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting and have a natural-looking surface. When inserting porcelain veneers, less enamel needs to be removed than with a cap or crown. Porcelain veneers also don’t discolour over time. They maintain their bright, white colour for much longer than normal teeth or composite veneers.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are a minimally invasive way to restore a beautiful smile. During the procedure, composite is directly placed into the mouth with bonding techniques. The composite used is a resin-based material. Composite veneers are usually placed in just one appointment. This treatment is generally performed for patients with small imperfections and can be very quick and effective.

The downside of composite veneers is that they tend to stain from drinking coffee, tea and smoking. They also have a shorter lifespan than porcelain veneers and will last around 5 to 7 years. Staining might occur earlier than that, but can be polished off as part of the maintenance.

On the plus side, composite veneers are generally much cheaper than porcelain veneers.