Crowns & Veneers


  • A veneer or crown will always have superior aesthetics in comparison to composite bonding.
  • It is very rare for modern veneers or crowns to chip or wear. The only exception is if you grind your teeth at night.
  • Veneers and crowns do not stain or discolour over time, whereas composite bonding will.
  • The veneer or crown is colour matched to your existing teeth, however it is usually a good idea to have tooth whitening prior to its placement. This usually takes 2 weeks in most cases.
  • With modern veneer techniques which involve minimal preparation of your tooth, the risk of nerve devitalisation and needing root canal treatment is very low. Even in cases where slightly more tooth reduction is required, the risk of devitalization is only 4% over a 10-year period.
  • Most veneers and crowns will last at least 10-15 years, however, with good care, this can be even longer.


  • Crowns and veneers require the reduction of tooth tissue.
  • If a vital tooth is prepared for a crown, the risk of needing root canal treatment is 15-20% over a 10 to 20-year period.
  • If you grind your teeth at night your veneer or crown may ‘chip’ or fracture and you may require a night guard or B-splint to protect the restorations.
  • If a veneer or crown chips or fractures, it will likely need to be completely replaced.

Usually, in select complex cases, a mock-up of your teeth by our laboratory using wax on a stone model can help you see the intended result and helps to minimise the amount of tooth reduction required, for a more conservative and accurate result when placing veneers.

It is always ideal to wait 2-3 weeks after tooth whitening to carry out veneers or crowns as this will allow the teeth to reach a stable colour.

Long-term, a retainer can help maintain the teeth in their current position and preserve the life of any veneers and crowns.

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the practice.

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