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What are Veneers?

Veneers are essentially tooth-shaped ‘covers’ that go over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are usually made from thin porcelain, but nowadays they can also be made of a composite material.

The dentist will need to prepare the tooth for a veneer by filing down your existing tooth in a conservative manner. The dentist will then make impressions of your teeth and send them off to a dental laboratory to make the veneers. In the meantime, a temporary veneer would be placed on your tooth. Once your veneer is ready, it would be fixed with a dental adhesive.

Comparison of Porcelain Veneers with Composite Veneers/ Bonding

Porcelain Veneer


Number of visits : At least 2

Staining : High resistance to staining


Repairs: Cannot be repaired. Replacement is the only option if the veneer is damaged.

Longevity: Porcelain veneers can last for many years.

Cost: Porcelain veneers are more expensive.

Tooth Preparation: Porcelain veneers require the removal of some of the tooth surface. Once a tooth has been prepared for a veneer, that tooth structure has been altered and the preparation to the tooth is irreversible.

Appearance: Porcelain veneers are better able to produce a highly pleasing appearance.


Local anaesthesia: Is needed at tooth preparation visit.


Damage: Less likely to break/chip

Composite Veneer/Bonding


Number of visits: 1 visit

Staining: More likely to stain over time

Repairs: Can be repaired.

Longevity: Composite veneers/bonding will need to be replaced/refreshed more frequently.

Cost: Composite veneers/bonding is cheaper than porcelain veneers.

Tooth preparation: Composite veneer/bonding can be done with little or no tooth preparation. It is a more conservative procedure.

Appearance: Composite veneers/bonding are less able to produce a highly pleasing appearance.

Local anaesthesia: Not necessary if tooth preparation is not done.

Damage: More likely to break/chip.


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Smile Makeover using Porcelain Veneers

Before & After Porcelain Veneers

Smile Makeover using Porcelain Veneers

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