Everything you need to know about veneers

Author: Dr Aushi Patel

Smiling is a universal sign of happiness. And what better way to express this than with a beautiful healthy smile! At Anokhi Dental we offer several options for improving the appearance of your pearly whites.

You might be a candidate for teeth whitening or perhaps some minor orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, like Invisalign.

However, for some, the treatment that will offer them the best outcome (and smile) is veneers.

About Veneers

Veneers are a minimally invasive option, which can dramatically improve the appearance of a smile. The procedure is typically carried out between 1-3 visits to the dentist.

The benefits of veneers

  • Cover up stained or discoloured teeth giving them a whiter appearance
  • In some cases, they can straighten the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Improve the shape or size of teeth
  • Close small gaps between teeth
  • Cover up and protect worn down teeth

What is a veneer?

Dental veneers are a thin layer (or laminate) of material placed over the face of a tooth.  A veneer may be made of composite resin or a ceramic known as porcelain.


Composite Resin Veneers

These can usually be done in one dental visit. The composite resin is applied one layer at a time until the desired shape and appearance is achieved. These are less costly than porcelain veneers and any chips or cracks can be repaired. The disadvantage of composite resin veneers is that this material is more likely to stain and may need “retouching” or redoing more frequently.

Porcelain Veneers

These are custom made and bonded onto the front of the tooth. As a material porcelain is very durable. It looks very “life-like” and is more resistant to staining than composite resin. Porcelain veneers generally require 2-3 dental visits, as the veneers are custom made in a laboratory by a technician.

Other things to know about veneers

  • Veneers will not correct the appearance of major misalignments in teeth or any bite issues.

  • To be a candidate for veneers your teeth and gums must be healthy. Any decay or gum disease must be treated prior to the attachment of veneers.

  • If you clench or grind your teeth, then a thorough assessment of the bite should be carried out and you may be advised to wear a protective mouthguard at night to protect your veneers.

Go ahead and make this a year your smile big!!


If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and would like to know more about what can be done, why not call us today 02 9264 5195, email info@anokhidental.com.au or make an appointment online at www.anokhidental.com.au.

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