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You have options when it comes to enhancing your smile, and one of the most popular ways to improve the look of teeth is with porcelain veneers. By using high-quality materials and taking a patient-focused approach, the leading team at Tam Dental Group can provide an exceptional result you’ll love. Ready to learn more? Let our friendly and knowledgeable team use the latest in digital technology to help you find and plan the right path towards a smile you can’t wait to show off.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are custom-made thin porcelain shells or caps that are placed on the front of the teeth to improve the appearance and strength. Veneers can correct a wide range of common concerns and alter the size, shape, color, and length of the teeth they cover. The shells are permanently bonded to the teeth, creating a strong and lasting outcome. Porcelain veneers can be placed on one or several teeth, as needed, to achieve the desired effect.

What Concerns Can Porcelain Veneers Treat?

Veneers ExampleSome of the many benefits of dental veneers include improving the beauty and strength of the teeth. Other common advantages include:

  • Improved appearance of worn down, “short”, uneven, or irregular teeth
  • Correction of gaps, chips, misalignment, and spaces
  • Minimal downtime following the procedure
  • Increased structural support of weakened or cracked teeth
  • Natural-looking results and comfortable fit
  • Rejuvenated appearance of other restorations (such as with the use of dental crowns and bridges for structurally-compromised teeth)
  • Increased resistance to stains and yellowing

Is a Porcelain Veneer Right for Me?

A porcelain veneer can achieve beautiful results for a wide range of patients with minor smile imperfections. While candidacy can vary from patient to patient, porcelain veneers are generally most successful for individuals who have:

  • Minor cosmetic dental flaws
  • A clean, healthy mouth with no signs of gum disease
  • A desire to correct gaps, discoloration, cracks, chips, and short or aged teeth
  • No indications of teeth clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding)

Occasionally, wrap-design veneers can help support and replace old restorations/fillings between the teeth, reducing the need and frequency for restoration replacement over time. Dr Tam and our team of dentists will listen to your concerns and goals to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to achieve your dream smile. In cases wherein your dental concerns are too severe to be addressed with a porcelain veneer, Dr Tam can identify the best and most conservative restorative dentistry treatment to repair damaged teeth based on residual sound tooth structure.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are both commonly utilized in cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures. That said, these restorations are used for different purposes and are not interchangeable treatment options. Unlike dental crowns, veneers are designed to treat more aesthetic concerns. Rather than address severe damage or dysfunction in the mouth, porcelain veneers simply mask minor cosmetic flaws in the teeth with brilliant results. While they can help strengthen the teeth, porcelain veneers are primarily placed to enhance your smile.

On the other hand, porcelain crowns aim to surround, strengthen, reinforce, and protect a weak tooth — often with the goal of improving function and achieving a healthier bite. Dental crowns are placed on top of the teeth, rather than on the front surfaces of the teeth (which is the case with porcelain veneers), to help treat damage and even alleviate pain from cracks, cavities, or bacteria buildup. Although the realistic nature of porcelain crowns offers benefits to your smile, these restorations are mainly used to rehabilitate the teeth. As mentioned above, there is the option of “creneers,” which are wrap-design veneers with a minimal reduction focus. The ultimate goal will always to be to support the tooth whilst respecting a maximal volume of healthy residual tooth structure.

What Should I Expect During the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?



Your comfort and results are our highest priorities, which is why we will make every effort to ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible. During the procedure, the teeth that will be treated will be prepared and shaped by removing a wafer-thin layer of enamel. This reduces bulkiness when the veneers are applied and provides the most natural-looking outcome. It is the goal of our cosmetic dentists to remove as little existing natural tooth as possible while providing an excellent result. The caps will then be customized to your cosmetic preferences and anatomic needs and bonded to your teeth using the latest in technology.

To help you feel more comfortable during this process, we offer light dental sedation for patients who experience anxiety. We are happy to explain all of your options during your initial consultation.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

The porcelain veneers we use in our practice are designed to be durable and survive the rigours of day-to-day life. That said, it’s important to take good care of your teeth to ensure the veneers last as long as they can. Proper oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day and flossing once, and regular dental check-ups can aid in a long-lasting result. Many patients who follow these guidelines enjoy their dental veneers for decades, although research indicates the average life of porcelain veneers ranges from 10-15 years. We will provide tips and tricks to keep your smile looking gorgeous for life.


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How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The price of porcelain veneers will vary depending on the number of veneers you want, the complexity of your treatment plan, and other factors that are specific to your needs and goals. During your initial consult, we will go over all the details of your treatment plan, including the full cost of your procedure. We want you to be comfortable, confident, and well-informed about your options. On average, porcelain veneers cost between $1,850 and $2,350. We accept many payment options, including dental financing with Q Card. Please let us know if you’d like to learn more at your appointment.

Are There Porcelain Veneers Alternatives?

While porcelain veneers can provide excellent results, they may not be the most ideal treatment for all patients. Fortunately, Dr Tam offers many cosmetic services and alternatives to porcelain veneers to address a broad range of patients’ needs:

  • Composite veneers: As a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, composite veneers are composed of a durable composite resin rather than dental porcelain. This restoration offers relatively less longevity, but still offers beautiful and natural-looking results. 
  • Edge bonding: Often used for minor corrections in length and/or shape to the outline form of the tooth, edge bonding can be completed after orthodontic aligner therapy.
  • Teeth whitening: If discoloration is your primary concern, you may be able to achieve your desired results with professional teeth whitening. Our Auckland office offers both in-office and at-home teeth bleaching kits so you can whiten your teeth at your leisure.
  • SureSmile® and orthodontic treatments: Misalignments and enhanced symmetry in your smile may be better achieved with cosmetic braces. Dr Tam provides clear aligner options like SureSmile® so you can straighten your teeth with minimal interference to your daily life. SureSmile® is often used prior to veneers, “creneers,” or crowns in a wider smile design protocol in order to set the teeth up to achieve aesthetic goals (i.e. a patient wishes to have a wider smile, or wants to achieve perfect alignment with teeth that are very misaligned).

Dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Talk to our team today to find out more about porcelain veneers and whether they can help you attain the look and confidence you desire.