What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth either to restore it cosmetically or to protect a damaged one. Veneers are made from either composite or porcelain.

Composite veneers

We use a tooth coloured resin (the same material we use for tooth coloured fillings) which we apply directly to the tooth to gain the desired result. We can do this in one appointment and there’s no need to send anything off to the dental laboratory and wait for it to return. The results can last up to a decade and look very natural, although this option will not be suitable for all patients.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers require a few appointments to fit, and are a more invasive solution to composites. An impression is taken and the veneers are manufactured in a local dental laboratory in Cornwall. They are then bonded to your tooth (or teeth) in the practice.

Whilst porcelain veneers are a more expensive option (due to having to be manufactured in the laboratory) than composite veneers they do last a few years longer. It’s worth noting that they are not a suitable treatment for people who grind their teeth (bruxism).

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile with veneers please speak to any of the Dentists at Penryn Dental Practice about the most suitable treatment for you.


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- Brian


During my weeks work experience with Penryn Dental Surgery I was able to explore a wide range of dentistry which I not only found extremely interesting but very educational as I was shown how different procedures work.  Thank you very much for the opportunity!

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I have fairly complex dental requirements and so it is absolutely vital that I trust my dentist and that he does what it says on the tin. Donal is fab, an excellent dentist and highly skilled craftsman. I will love him forever for the time he jiggled appointments around and stayed late in order to fix my broken tooth.  All the dental assistants are gems, always have ready smiles and a hand to squeeze if needed.

- Helen