If you have ever considered getting dental veneers to enhance your looks, it is vital to fully understand the entire process and its benefits and drawbacks. While most people consider the procedure as one only bearing aesthetic value, it is also a difficult dental process that requires the best cosmetic dentists for best end results.

What are dental veneers?

Dental or porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that cover the front surface of the teeth. They can be made to look like any other colour in order to closely match your natural teeth. Dental veneers are not a replacement for natural teeth but they can be used to change the way your smile looks.

Dental veneers enhance the appearance of your teeth by attaching to the front surface of the tooth. Apart from porcelain, prosthetics can also be made using other materials such as resin and composite material.

Who needs dental veneers?

The primary goal of veneers is to change the colour, shape, or size of your tooth. Precisely, dentists recommend veneers to people with:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Irregular shaped Teeth
  • Teeth with gaps

If you have dental issues causing a lack of self-confidence. Then get a beautiful smile with dental veneers at Central Dental Elsternwick.

What are the different types of veneers?

The first thing to do is figure out whether veneers might be the perfect solution for your problem. You’ll want to identify the type of porcelain veneers that might work best for you. From there, you’ll need to select which of the several options are right for your aesthetic and financial goals. Types range from inexpensive strips reminiscent of ceramic, translucent or reflective glass, and metal.

  • Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the highest ranked type of veneers. Porcelain veneers can be customized to any size and shade of natural teeth for a beautiful yet personalized look. Dentists use a special type of cement and ultraviolet light to apply porcelain over the existing tooth.

  • Composite Veneers 

Composite veneers are made of a resin that is mixed with tiny glass particles. Composite material is painted over the tooth. Composite veneers are less expensive and durable than porcelain veneers.

  • Instant Veneers

Just as the name suggests, instant veneers is a quicker option as they are pre-made. For this reason, dentists often apply instant veneers during your initial consultation for broken or missing teeth. Instant veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers. However, pre-made instant veneers do not always match your natural teeth colour.

  • Removable Veneers

Removable veneers are the latest type of dental veneers. They fall between instant and porcelain veneers. Removable veneers are produced in the lab and can be customized to match your natural teeth. You can remove them whenever required. They are the most affordable type of veneer. Although, they do not offer a long-term solution to missing or broken teeth.

How much do veneers cost?

No one can price a beautiful smile that dazzles everyone. Hence, if the cost of dental veneers is beyond your means, consult your dentist about financing options. Most dental insurance companies will not cover the expenses of cosmetic procedures, like veneers. The cost of the veneers depends on the following factors:

  • Material
  • The experience of the dentist
  • Location
  • Number of Veneers
  • Complementary Treatments

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Boost your confidence with veneers and get a flawless smile. Veneers provide the following benefits:

  • Natural Color

Veneers can be made in a variety of colours to help camouflage teeth discolouration and match the natural colour of your teeth.

  • Durable

Most popular veneers are made of porcelain or composite material that is laboratory-manufactured and has been shown to be more durable than other materials.

  • Long-lasting

Veneers can last between 7 and 15 years before needing a replacement.

  • Soft on Gums

Gum tissues have excellent tolerance to porcelain

  • Reversible option

If you decide that you do not like your veneers, they can be removed and the tooth will look like it did before treatment.

  • Custom-designed

Custom designed to fit your dental needs.

  • Repair tooth structure

Cover areas that are discoloured or damaged.

  • Natural Looking

The moulding of dental veneers is specific to a patient’s natural dental orientation, making it almost impossible to tell the difference with your natural tooth. 

  • Resistant to stains

Porcelain dental veneers are resistant to stains

  • Low maintenance

Veneers do not require special maintenance apart from routine brushing and flossing.

How are veneers put on teeth?

  • Process of Veneers

The process of placing on your teeth involves 7 basic steps:

  • The dentist takes the X-rays
  • Impressions of the teeth are created
  • Teeth impressions are sent to the laboratory for the production
  • After 2 weeks the 2nd consultation with the patient is scheduled.
  • Depending on your dental condition, some dentists may install temporary veneers as you wait for the permanent prosthetics to come in.
  • Applying permanent veneers involves removing approximately 1 mm of enamel from your teeth, which is less than what dentists remove during crowns or fillings. 
  • After the tooth enamel removal, the dentist applies a special cement to the prosthetic and places it on your tooth’s surface. 
  • Special lighting quickly secures the cement to create a strong bond. 
  • The dentist can then make any other necessary adjustments. 

Most dental professionals recommend follow-up appointments a week or two after placing the veneers to see if they are functioning correctly.

How to prepare for your veneer appointment?

If you have decided to install dental veneers, the first step is to visit a licensed dentist to ensure you understand what the process entails and the cost implications.

At Central Dental Elsternwick, our qualified dentists specialize in the successful completion of simple and complex cosmetic procedures that enhance your smile. If you are not sure what works best for your needs, our team will offer you a proper consultation with expert cosmetic dentists.

How to take care of your veneers after they’re placed?

Here are the 9 tips for taking care of your veneers

  • Brush your teeth and floss daily
  • Apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the veneer before brushing
  • Place a small amount of toothpaste on the tip of your index finger and rub it all over the veneer to remove any residue especially along the gum line.
  • Brush your veneers with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Rinse off the toothpaste after brushing
  • Wait for your teeth to dry and apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the veneer before brushing again until you are satisfied with the result.
  • Repeat steps 5-8 until you get the desired result.
  • Rinse your mouth again with water

Do I need teeth whitening before getting veneers?

Rarely do patients seeking porcelain veneers have them without getting other treatments. Veneers cannot be stained or whitened. Therefore, whitening your teeth professionally, before installing veneers is a wise decision.


Veneers provide a flexible solution to underlying dental problems. Patients can choose something as close to their natural teeth colour as possible to make the change not so visible, although they can naturally make any tooth appear brilliant white. Applying veneers involves bonding to your natural tooth in its existing condition, which eliminates the need for drilling or shaping the teeth. If your teeth are causing low self-esteem. Then instantly boost your self-confidence with a beautiful smile with dental veneers, at Central Dental Elsternwick.

Meet Our Dentists In Elsternwick

Dr. Wei-Jin Tay


Dr Peter Sicklemore

BDSc (Melb) LDS (Melb)