If you decide on porcelain veneers, this will require the removal of a small amount of the tooth to make space for the veneer to fit on top. It is, however, a much more conservative restoration procedure than getting a crown (capping). Due to the nature of the treatment, the tooth underneath must therefore be strong, healthy and not heavily filled.
Once in place, veneers are very strong and will resist most of the force placed on them by a normal diet.
Preparation and laboratory work for porcelain veneers will usually take approximately one week, during which time we can provide you with a provisional restoration if required. Most patients, however, don’t require this. Local anaesthetic is not usually necessary when fitting porcelain veneers, although we do make this available for those patients who are particularly sensitive or anxious.