everything you need to know about porcelain veneers

We pride ourselves on both integrity and honesty, so we’ve broken down porcelain veneers for you

Whether you want to undergo a total smile makeover or just want to do a few tweaks here and there, porcelain veneers can offer a natural-looking smile solution.

At smilogy, we pride ourselves on both integrity and honesty, so we’ve broken down porcelain veneers for you. Whether you want them as part of the smile makeover process or as a stand-alone service, we know you have a right to be informed.

To help you make the right decision for you – without feeling rushed – here’s our porcelain veneers 101.

Porcelain veneers offer you the opportunity to make quick and immediately visible changes to your smile. They’re simply little shells crafted from porcelain which are custom-fit to the shape, size and colour of your teeth to meet your own personal needs.

why do people opt for porcelain veneers?

You may be drawn to porcelain veneers for a number of reasons! These can include:

  • Making your smile more even
  • Fixing chips in your teeth
  • Fixing a gappy smile
  • Sorting out crookedness
  • Sorting your smile shape
  • Colour or stain correction

will veneers last forever?

They don’t, but you can get quite a while out of them! Some porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years, but the average advice is between 7-15.

The final duration really depends on a few things. Mostly, however, it’s about you, and how well you care for them. Be warned – porcelain veneers can’t be fixed easily when they break.

what is the process?

We’re here to put your mind at ease. Porcelain veneers are a lot less overwhelming than you may think – so let us break it down.

First, you’ll start with a simple 3D scan to get you started. This helps us see what we’re already working with when it comes to your smile. Our Australian dentists are experts when it comes to cosmetic crafting and your teeth.

We prepare the tooth by shaving it down, then we clean, polish, and etch. Etching is a process which allows us to roughen the tooth for stronger bonding. The colour-matched veneer is then added on top. The work required may seem extensive, but smilogy strives to create the illusion of natural enhancements so your smile doesn’t look “too much”.

be honest… is getting veneers painful?

This really varies from person to person. In general, you won’t experience too much pain as the veneer shells are super thin and unlikely to bother you.

However, there may be an element of discomfort.

am i eligible for porcelain veneers?

Our 3D scans help us to see who’s eligible for a smile makeover or just veneers. Typically, our veneers customers have:

  • A healthy, strong smile
  • Teeth with no previous bonding or fillings
  • Lots of enamel


We may need to look for other solutions for you if you have severely misaligned teeth or other problems. Never fear – that’s what we’re here for!

are there big differences between ceramic and porcelain veneers?

The decision about whether to get composite veneers or porcelain veneers is totally up to you. However, there are some key differences:

composite veneers

porcelain veneers

taking care of your porcelain veneers

The better you treat your veneers, the longer they’ll last for. Here’s what to do:

  • Watch what you eat – hard foods are a no-go
  • Chop up hard food you can’t avoid into smaller pieces
  • Try not to bite your nails
  • Stay away from contact sports as much as possible

start your porcelain veneers journey

smilogy makes it so easy to find out if you’re right for porcelain veneers. Simple book in for a quick and easy 3D scan in a convenient location, and let our top technology and Australian dentists figure it all out for you.

We listen to your needs and work with you to make you look and feel great. As part of a smile makeover, you can even see a preview of what you’ll look like after treatment before you even get started.

Porcelain veneers work in harmony with many other smilogy services, including clear aligners, whitening or crowns. You can opt for some or all – and we’ll help you along the way.

If you’re not sure where to begin, we can talk you through your most suitable options.

To book, call us now on 02 8005 4434 or get in touch.

Dr Luke Cronin

Dr Luke Cronin

As a graduate of the University of Queensland (2000, 2013) and the University of Sydney (2006), Dr Cronin is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic dentists, specialising in creating stunning new smiles with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry techniques, including clear aligners, whitening and porcelain veneers.

Dr Cronin's work has been showcased in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle magazine and in 2019 he was awarded Australasian Dentist of the Year by My Face My Body in 2019.

Acknowledged an expert in his field for segments on the Today Show and House of Wellness, Dr Cronin now offers his first-class cosmetic treatments and customer care at smilogy.

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Contact us on 02 8005 4434 or see if you’re suitable for treatment with our fun quiz.

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