Veneers (Composite and Porcelain)

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin custom-made porcelain shells designed to fit discreetly over the teeth, making them indistinguishable from our natural teeth. Veneers are used for:

  1. Discoloured root canal treated teeth, fluorosis (excessive fluoride), stains from medication or excessively large amalgam fillings amongst other causes.
  2. Gaps between teeth
  3. Worn-down teeth
  4. Uneven, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  5. Broken or chipped teeth

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  1. Porcelain veneers make the teeth look more life-like. Porcelain has a translucency that is similar to natural teeth but whereas real teeth lose this luster with age, porcelain veneers retain their beautiful, natural and youthful look.
  2. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, which is particularly important for those who smoke, or drink black coffee or red wine.
  3. They are more lasting compared to CR veneers

Composite Veneers
Composites are tooth-coloured materials which can be use to restore chipped, cracked or stained teeth, as well as fill gaps between teeth.

Advantages of composite (CR) veneers

  1. CR veneers can be placed on the tooth directly, so a final result is achieved in a single visit. Porcelain veneers are constructed in a lab, so you need to make two visits.
  2. CR veneers are molded by the dentist into the ideal shape directly onto the tooth. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in the lab based on the impression taken by the dentist.
  3. CR veneers are very conservative, that is, only a very small amount of your original tooth needs to be trimmed. Porcelain veneers however require a little more of the tooth to be trimmed.
  4. CR veneers are easily re-shaped, repaired, polished and maintained.
CR veneers are cheaper as no dental lab costs are incurred.