Porcelain Veneers


What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-made facings which are fixed onto the front surface of teeth visible in the smile (usually upper front teeth).

Diagram of a porcelain veneer:

porcelain veneer diagram

Are they suitable for me?

If you want to change your smile, and want to achieve the best possible appearance, porcelain veneers may be for you. They can improve the appearance of teeth which may be discoloured, misshapen, eroded, crowded or chipped.

What does the treatment involve?

Often before starting, we will take impressions of your teeth to make a trial model of the final result.

The area is usually numbed before treatment. We shave the teeth back by around 0.5mm to make room for the porcelain veneers. After this we take impressions of the prepared teeth before fitting your temporary veneers.

Two weeks later, we will replace your temporary veneers with the finished porcelain veneers. We will try them in to check the fit and appearance before fixing in place with a strong adhesive.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

A veneer will last 8-10 years on average. This is not a minimum – it means that 50% of veneers will fail by this time.

Veneers require ongoing maintenance and may need to be repaired or replaced periodically as they can chip or come off.

Having the tooth shaved will increase the risk of tooth decay and abscess. This is something you must consider before going ahead and we will always discuss this with you before going ahead. Other options may have a higher or lower risk of these problems.

What are the alternative treatments?

Pros and Cons



Excellent aesthetics achievable Require ongoing maintenance
Quicker than orthodontics (braces) to correct crowding  Risk of tooth decay/abscess
Removes less enamel than crowns  Removes more enamel than composite veneers
2 or more appointments required


James – Porcelain Veneers

James’s front teeth had been damaged and previously repaired. Robert wanted the teeth to look more even and three Emax crowns and veneers have been used to achieve this.

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