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The Versatility of Porcelain Veneers: Enhancing Your Smile

If you have various tooth imperfections and want to achieve a stunning smile, consider porcelain veneers at Excellence in Dentistry. Many of our dentists’ patients come with questions about these custom-made shells, intrigued by their ability to transform smiles with minimal intrusion.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin layers of porcelain that are meticulously crafted to fit over the outer and biting surfaces of your teeth. By removing a small amount of enamel (about 0.5 to 0.75 millimetres), veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth, enhancing their shade, shape, and alignment.

Despite their delicate nature, veneers are popular due to their non-invasive application and impressive ability to correct minor malalignments, chips, and discoloration.

Contraindications to Consider

dental-veneers-sq-300It’s important to recognise that veneers aren’t suitable for everyone. Key contraindications include poor oral hygiene, which can lead to cavities beneath the veneers, and habits like clenching, grinding, or chewing hard objects, which can cause veneers to fail. Additionally, if you have a heavy, deep, or edge-to-edge bite, adjustments may be necessary before veneers can be placed to ensure a proper fit and longevity.

Longevity and Maintenance

Contrary to the textbook lifespan of about seven years, many patients enjoy their veneers for much longer, thanks to good oral hygiene and careful maintenance. While veneers are sturdy, the bonding material can weaken over time, requiring reapplication. The good news is that the risk of losing veneers prematurely is greatly reduced with proper care.

Selecting the Right Shade

When considering veneers, whitening your natural teeth beforehand can help achieve a harmonious look. We recommend choosing a natural shade over an ultra-bright “Hollywood” white to ensure easier maintenance and a more timeless appearance.

How Many Veneers Do You Need?

The number of veneers you need depends on various factors, including your teeth condition and aesthetic goals. Whether it’s correcting a couple of chipped teeth or adjusting the length and proportion of several teeth, veneers can be customised to meet your needs. However, achieving symmetry, especially around the midline, can be challenging, highlighting the importance of a skilled dental practitioner.

Ready to Transform Your Smile?

Take that first step towards enhancing your smile with veneers. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation!


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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