Cosmetic  Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are surface facings used on the front upper and/or lowers teeth to enhance or change your overall smile.  Cosmetic veneers typically whiten, lengthen, widen and straighten the underlying teeth, hiding imperfections.

The two most common types of veneers are made out of porcelain or composite resin

Porcelain veneers: Cosmetic veneers made from porcelain are the most natural appearing veneer option, reflecting light in a similar manner to natural tooth enamel. The porcelain ceramic material offers wonderful aesthetics whilst also providing good longevity. Porcelain veneers are created by technicians in our trusted Melbourne based Australian laboratories from moulds taken of prepared teeth carried out by The Smile Team dentists. Porcelain veneers can be tinted or shaped to resemble a natural tooth and a tooth that matches the individual’s desired smile. Porcelain veneers are very popular when the highest levels of aesthetic results are sought.

Composite resin veneers: Cosmetic veneers made from composite resin (advanced plastics) are similar in strength to a normal filling. Composite resin veneers are an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers in the short term. Resin veneers can be placed in the mouth directly onto the teeth by The Smile Team dentists, requiring fewer appointments, however often more time needs to be spent in chair perfecting the shape and colours. Although the initial investment is less than porcelain veneers, resin veneers are more porous and therefore can lose their lustre or shine and discolour faster resulting in the need for more regular polishing to maintain them.

The Smile Team veneer steps

Composite resin veneers require just one visit.

  • First, the colour of the ideal final result is selected.
  • The tooth is assessed to ensure there is enough support for the veneer. The underlying tooth is prepared, if necessary to allow reliable adhesion. Composite resin veneers require very little of your tooth to be removed in the treatment process.
  • Next, white composite resin material is placed in thin layers and then hardened with a blue LED light. This process is then repeated until the desired length, width and shade are achieved
  • Finally the veneer is polished until smooth and shiny to resemble a natural tooth.


For porcelain veneers more than one visit is required.

  • To begin, The Smile Team dentist will assess your tooth to check that there is enough natural tooth to accept the porcelain veneer. A radiograph may be taken to assess the overall health of the tooth.
  • Next, your tooth is prepared by shaving back a thin layer to provide a surface for the porcelain to adhere to.
  • A temporary veneer is prepared and placed over the tooth while your porcelain veneer is being created by the technicians at our Melbourne laboratory.
  • About two weeks later your new porcelain veneer will replace the temporary veneer and is permanently attached.
Caring for veneers

Regular home and professional dental care are both required to maintain dental veneers. It is ideal to review the bond of the veneer and underlying tooth as some parts of the natural tooth are still exposed to the oral environment and any breakdown could result in decay. Twice- yearly thorough hygiene cleaning along with twice daily brushing, flossing and fluoride toothpaste will help to maintain the veneers for the long term.


Are my teeth suitable for veneers?

Here are a few of the common problems which can be addressed with cosmetic veneers:

  • Improving the colour of teeth that do not respond to traditional tooth whitening.
  • Minor crowding issues or correcting of crooked teeth.
  • Covering of enamel defects such as tetracycline stains, hypo-mineralised or hypo-calcified enamel.
  • Building up smaller teeth.
  • Strengthening already large filling or chipped teeth.
  • Changing the shape of teeth to make them longer/ wider/ rounder etc.
How long do veneers Last?

Veneers are a durable solution to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. The average lifespan of dental veneers ranges from 5 years up to 15 years, provided oral hygiene is good and decay is not developing. Many veneers at The Smile Team have lasted more than 15 years.

Porcelain veneers have a similar wear resistance to enamel so given any excessive force or trauma, can also chip or break much like a natural tooth. Patients with a clenching or grinding habit should also be aware they may incur more wear to the veneer or surrounding teeth with any excessive forces.

Veneers should always maintain their shiny and natural appearance but as gums receed or veneer margins become visible over time, they may need replacement to avoid stain accumulation around the edges. Occasionally a veneer can become detached.

At The Smile Team we work hard to ensure careful correct preparation and placement of veneers to enable the veneers to last as long as possible.

Will veneers damage my natural tooth?

Veneers are considered permanent restorations and once the tooth has been prepared for a cosmetic veneer it cannot be reversed.  Our dentists at The Smile Team can assist you in the consideration of veneers along with all alternative options (i.e. whitening, micro abrasion, orthodontics) for their suitability and benefits to help you make a great choice.

During preparation great care is taken to buff/ remove only the smallest amount of existing enamel from the front and edges of your natural tooth to allow maximum adhesion of the veneer.  Usually the tongue side of the teeth are not altered.

In certain cases where smaller teeth are needing to be built up, little to no enamel is actually removed.

How are veneers different from crowns?

Veneers are made from the same or similar materials as crowns however they only cover the front parts of the teeth.  Crowns are often designed for strength and as such need to cover the entire surface of the tooth.  It is because of this that crowns are considered more involving for a tooth from a treatment perspective.


Dr Julie Khuoc

Family and Cosmetic Dentist

“Being able to improve the health and appearance of my patient’s teeth gives them a lot of confidence in comfort, function and aesthetics.  I love seeing this transformation.”

Dr Bradley Xue

Dr Bradley Xue

Family and Cosmetic Dentist

“The most rewarding part of being a dentist is being able to create happy smiles and happy people”

Dr Julian He

Family and Cosmetic Dentist

“Whether it be to maintain a healthy mouth or a complete smile transformation, I love being a part of my patients journey to achieve their goals.”

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