All you need to know about porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers (sometimes known as porcelain teeth) are a thin layer of porcelain placed over a tooth to improve the aesthetics and function of a tooth. They will enhance the beautiful appearance of your smile whether you want to change a few teeth or want a complete Smile Makeover. Porcelain Veneers can be an ideal solution.

Porcelain Veneers are shells of ceramic material which are chemically bonded to the tooth structure.

When considering Veneers, the shape of your face, smile line and complexion are looked at to determine the final result.


  • Spaces between teeth
  • Slightly disproportionate Teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Worn Teeth
  • Teeth that are two small or two large
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Badly positioned teeth




Porcelain veneers, or indirect veneers are made in a laboratory by a skilled technician who layers porcelain to produce a thin shell which will improve the appearance of the tooth. They have excellent aesthetics and tooth like translucency and character within the veneer such as slight variations of shade in the material which make the tooth look much more natural. Often patients will have a ‘set’ of veneers done, in that they will have most of the front teeth veneered together so the appearance is consistent between them. However, if only a single tooth is to be done the veneer can be closely matched to the shade and characteristics of the other teeth.
In preparation for placing the veneer your dentist will reduce the front of the tooth and take an impression which is sent to the lab. In the meantime, your dentist can apply a temporary provisional veneer to the prepared teeth.
Once the lab returns your veneers, usually within a week, we would remove the temporary veneers and permanently cement your veneers to the tooth. Giving you the smile you have always wanted!

Composite Resin

Composite resin, the white coloured filling material, can be used as what is called a direct veneer. An advantage of these veneers is that they can be completed usually in one visit and are more affordable when compared to porcelain veneers. With careful shade selection and matching they are often a great solution for the budget conscious.

The pros and cons of each type of veneer are very specific to each patients individual situation, it is critical that your dentist is able to assess your teeth and present you with personalised treatment plan.

Interested in whether veneers are right for you? Call Dental 359 now on  1300 625 625 to reserve an appointment.

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