How to Choose the Best Porcelain Veneers for Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is a deeply personal choice, and the first step towards designing your new smile is to determine the best solution to make your dream smile a reality. If you’re constantly self-conscious and hiding your teeth, dental veneers offer a long-term, dramatic aesthetic option. Veneers can correct a single problem tooth or provide a complete smile-makeover, addressing issues such as:

  • lessening gaps
  • rectifying crooked teeth
  • Fixing stained or broken teeth

Our cosmetic dentists can help you identify the best possible path to help you achieve your goals for your smile, but it doesn’t hurt to know what options are available.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is one of the most aesthetically pleasing dental materials used today – prized for its natural look and resistance to stains and damage. The material has a translucent appearance that makes it look like natural tooth enamel. This is one of the key benefits of getting porcelain veneers as you can improve the appearance of your teeth without your friends or colleagues being able to see that you’ve had work done.

Every one of our porcelain dental veneers is handcrafted at an off-site dental laboratory according to Dr. Tam’s specifications, in a way that allows it to blend in with your natural smile.

We work hard so that every dental veneer procedure is as pain-free as possible, sometimes not even requiring the use of local anesthetic injections. After your initial consultation at our Smile by Design office in North Sydney or Bondi Junction, you can have your new porcelain veneers ready and enjoy a completely new smile just two weeks after your one-hour application appointment.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are also known as ‘white fillings.’ They offer a more affordable dental veneer option as they are made from resin instead of porcelain. Despite being a more cost effective solution, they can still be closely matched to your adjacent teeth.

Composite dental veneers are often chosen to correct only a few teeth, however if you love your coffee, this porous option may not suit you as much as porcelain veneers due to their propensity to stain – much like real teeth.

Any composite dental veneer can be applied at just a single treatment appointment. The material used to make the restoration is carefully matched to the colour of your adjacent teeth, so that the composite will blend in when you’re looking at it.

Cost of Cosmetic Veneers

The cost of cosmetic veneers often plays a role in patients’ decision-making process, however, it’s important to choose the best tool for the job. One of the key considerations when choosing between porcelain versus composite veneers is weighing cost versus longevity.

To better tailor our treatment to you, our team of experienced cosmetic dentists will work with you to address the pros and cons of each option within the context of your lifestyle and budget to empower you to make the best, most informed decision possible.

If you’re still unsure of which type of veneers will best suit you, feel free to make an appointment at either our Bondi Junction or North Sydney dental clinics to speak directly to one of our cosmetic dentistry specialists.



Written by smilebydesign
Dr. Michael Tam is a distinguished dentist with over 25 years of experience, currently leading Smile By Design in Sydney, Australia. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry and dental implantology, Dr. Tam has trained at prestigious institutions like Harvard and King's College London. Passionate about improving patients' lives through cutting-edge dental care, he also dedicates time to educating future professionals and engaging in charitable work.