Why veneers are the next best thing

For years it seemed that crowns were the ‘In thing’. Everyone was getting them!

Why then have veneers become so popular of late? Let’s begin with what a veneer is before we dissect why they are increasing in popularity.

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 transformation. 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. The process should not be rushed nor should you buy into ‘no preparation’ veneers or veneers that are off the shelf. Yes, as awful as they sound they do exist!

Like any product, do your homework and speak to a dental professional about what restoration will work best for you.

Is it obvious yet why veneers are gaining popularity?

Unlike a crown they do not require as much cutting of the natural tooth. Less cutting means less chance of damaging a tooth (when not done well this can result in an unnecessary root canal)

Preparing a tooth for a crown involves cutting away so much enamel. Not so with a porcelain veneer.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Whether it is a crown or a veneer it will take approximately the same amount of time to make in lab.

Typically, the fee for a veneer is only marginally less than that of a full coverage crown

The single biggest advantage to a veneer over a crown is that more of the natural tooth is retained. Preserving the integrity of the tooth should be considered of the utmost importance for any reputable dentist. Anyone happy to cut a perfectly healthy tooth in the pursuit of improving a smile needs to ask them self – would a veneer be clinically appropriate here.

In some cases, however, a veneer is not considered clinically appropriate and in those cases it would be acceptable to place a crown for strength and longevity. Your dentist, after a thorough examination is the best person to make that decision, often in consultation with the patient.


  • 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

Veneers when done well are a fantastic restorative option. They can immediately improve your appearance, function and restore confidence.

Consider yourself warned: Avoid quick fixes! Removable teeth are as awful as they sound.

Want to find out whether veneers are right for you?

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