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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Veneers

10th April 2017 | Latest News

Veneers FAQ – All your questions answered

There’s a million things out there that you could read about when it comes to veneers. Don’t even get me started about the MYTHS that are generated by those influenced by prehistoric views and lack of dental knowledge. Never fear! That is why we, at Vogue Dental Studios, are here, at your service.

Let’s begin by firstly establishing what the differences are between PORCELAIN and COMPOSITE veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers? What are Composite Veneers?
+ Porcelain Veneers are made of ultra-thin ceramic porcelain that is permanently bonded to your tooth enamel. They are specifically hand-crafted by a highly skilled lab technician and is therefore made outside the mouth.
+ Lifespan is 15+ years.
+ Composite Veneers (also known as bonded veneers, direct veneers, chair side veneers or resin) are specifically crafted and bonded to your tooth enamel by a cosmetic dentist. Yes, it is made in your mouth.
+ Lifespan is 5+ years.

Case Study – 10 EMAX Porcelain Veneers

Case Study – 6 Composite Veneers

Will it hurt?

The only time patients have ever complained of pain during a veneers procedure was:
+ When the Local Anaesthetic is injected (booo needles!)
+ When they sit for too long in the dental chair (it’s only normal to get a sore butt)

Will my teeth be shaved and look like Tic Tacs?
A very stereotypical concept that many people often conclude is that in order to get veneers, your teeth will have to be shaved into the shape of small fangs or tiny tic tacs. This is not the case. If your teeth are in the right position, minimal to no prep can be achieved. This means the treatment can be completely reversible with no damage done to your actual tooth. The only time extreme grinding will be required is if the patient refuses orthodontics to place the teeth in the right position before they move forward with veneers. We often advise patients to focus on addressing the alignment, prior to proceeding with veneers as this will ensure an optimal finish with the least amount of grinding. Informed consent is taken to guarantee that all our patients are fully aware of the procedure, prior to moving forward.

How long will they last?
As previously touched upon, Porcelain veneers, if looked after well, can have the lifespan of 15+ years. New technology porcelain are made to last a very VERY long time. What happens after 10-15+ years? With age, unfortunately our gums shrink. Because of the shrinkage, the margins begin to show along our gum line, revealing the outline of our veneers. Composite veneers, on the other hand, only last 5+ years. As they are made inside the mouth with a resin material, they can be prone to develop staining.

How do I maintain and look after my veneers?
An effective way to protect your veneers (both Porcelain and Composite), is to wear a night time splint. This will help ensure that you avoid chipping or breaking them if you happen to grind your teeth or lock your jaw as you sleep. Even if you know you don’t have bruxism, it will still be a good idea to wear one for extra precaution. It would also help if you:
+ Regularly see you dentist for 3 – 6 monthly check-up, cleans and polish.
+ Maintain good oral hygiene habits at home. This includes flossing, brushing and using an alcohol free mouthwash day and night.
+ Avoid bad habits such has biting your nails, chewing on pens, etc.
+ Try to bite on the side of your mouth instead of directly in front.
+ Steer away from having beverages/foods that can stain teeth

Any questions, comments or concerns? COMMENT BELOW!


  1. Sarah 25th Sep 2017

    Just enquiring about the cost of porcelain veneers and if there’s any discounts/offers with getting a certain amount done.
    Thank you

    • Intan Lay 31st Oct 2017

      Hi Sarah!

      Thank you for reaching out. We definitely do smile makeover packages. I would highly recommend that you come in for a consultation and examination with our cosmetic dentist for a full evaluation of some treatment options. It’s often difficult to say what you may need until we see you.
      If you’re after further information in regards to the veneers process, please feel free to visit our main website: https://voguedentalstudios.com.au/our-services/veneers/

      Speak soon!

      -Vogue Dental Studios Team

  2. Victoria Fleming 11th Oct 2017


    I found your business via Instagram and thought you may be able to help. My boyfriend is missing almost all of his teeth and has some serious tooth decay on the ones that he does have left.
    Would veneers be his best option moving forward or is there an alternative that you offer and I could obtain additional information on?

    Thank you in advance

    Victoria Fleming

    • Intan Lay 31st Oct 2017

      Hi Victoria,

      Thank you for contacting us! We have sent you an email 🙂

      -Vogue Dental Studios Team

  3. Sanah 6th Aug 2018

    Hi..can I wear braces on my composite veneers? I have done composite veneering on my front teeth

    • Intan Lay 7th Aug 2018

      Hi Sanah!

      You can definitely wear Invisalign braces over your composite veneers! I’ve had patients who have had porcelain and composite veneers whilst moving forward with Invisalign treatment 🙂 I would highly recommend that you come in for a consultation and examination with our cosmetic dentist for a full evaluation of some treatment options.

      Please feel free to give us a call anytime on 03 9878 8208!

      -Vogue Dental Studios Team

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