Before you decide to invest in porcelain veneers, you’ll want to know what the benefits are of this popular treatment compared to other cosmetic dental procedures.

What are the different types of cosmetic dentistry?

Even without intensive dental treatments, porcelain veneers can be used to restore the appearance of your teeth if they are stained, misshapen or misaligned due to lifestyle choices or natural ageing. They can help rebuild your smile and confidence quickly.

Dr Joe Oliver is a renowned cosmetic dentist who has been in the profession for more than three decades. He has fitted more than 40,000 veneers and counts celebrities including Helena Bonham Carter and Sophie Ellis Bextor among his previous patients.

He is well-known for his appearances on Channel 4’s Ten Years Younger, as well as from features in popular publications like Vogue, Grazia and InStyle magazine.

Dr Joe Oliver is pleased to offer free no-obligation consultations. Book online, or you can call us on 020 4579 1355 or email

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of refined clay material that are attached to the front surface of your teeth, and they provide a natural-looking solution for correcting the colour, shape, size, and alignment of your teeth. 

With porcelain veneers, you can enjoy many benefits such as improved confidence in your smile, better oral health due to improved hygiene practices, and increased durability compared to traditional fillings or crowns.

Veneers require minimal preparation and can be completed in just one or two visits to your dentist.

Why are porcelain veneers so popular?

Many people invest in porcelain veneers since they are an effective option when it comes to treating cosmetic dental problems. Porcelain veneers and composite bonding offer a range of advantages compared to other treatments such as crowns, dental implants or teeth whitening. 

Veneers can be a great way to restore the aesthetics of your teeth while still feeling and looking natural. If you have issues like chips, cracks, or misalignment then veneers can be used to correct these and give you an attractive smile – just like those you’d expect to see on the red carpet.

Not only do dental veneers provide a natural-looking smile, but they also act as a shield for your natural teeth and help to protect them from further damage to tooth enamel. This makes them an ideal solution to restore the look of your teeth and bring back beautiful smiles.

The benefits of porcelain veneers include:

Restoring the look of your smile

If you’re looking to restore the look of your smile, dental veneers are an excellent option. A specialist cosmetic dentist can apply a porcelain veneer which blends in seamlessly with the colour of your existing teeth and looks and feels natural.

Better self-confidence

Many of us feel anxious about our smile due to stained or broken teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great option if you want to quickly obtain an impeccable smile and even repair any chips or cracks in your teeth. You can regain confidence with an amazing-looking smile to boot.

Durable and stain-resistant

If properly maintained, porcelain veneers can last between 15 and 20 years. Dr Joe Oliver has patients whose porcelain veneers have lasted 25 years and longer.

Porcelain veneers have strong stain resistance meaning that they won’t discolour easily, allowing you to enjoy your bright smile for many years to come.

Low maintenance 

Porcelain veneers are relatively easy to maintain and you should care for them as you would your natural teeth.

It’s best to be careful with potentially staining and hard foods to keep your veneers looking their best. Making sure you keep up with regular dental visits can help you avoid any unwanted cosmetic problems in the long run.

Minimal to no recovery time

Placing veneers on your teeth requires some preparation and may require multiple visits to the dentist. Once you finish the procedure at the end of your appointment, there will be no downtime or recovery time needed.

Fix chips, cracks and discolouration

If you have broken or misaligned teeth or gaps between them, dental veneers are a good option to consider. Veneers help improve the colour of your natural tooth enamel, giving you an attractive and healthy-looking smile.

Porcelain veneers are long-lasting

Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way for you to obtain a permanent, sparkly white smile. They are highly stain resistant and if you take good care of them, they can last two decades or more. Porcelain veneers are often preferred over composite veneers due to their high durability and longevity. Generally, composite veneers can last 5 to 8 years with suitable dental care.

Whiter and brighter teeth

Dental veneers are known for teeth whitening and brightening the appearance of your teeth. They can give you a dramatic smile makeover that will leave you pleasantly surprised with the dazzling results.

Dental veneers require minimal tooth preparation

Porcelain veneers require minimal alteration of the natural teeth before installation. This procedure is completed with utmost accuracy by knowledgeable dentists like Dr Joe Oliver, and just a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed.

A simple four-step procedure for dental veneers with Dr Joe Oliver

Smile design

Dr Oliver will start the process by taking a picture of your existing teeth. He will discuss with you what you’d specifically like to change about your smile and how you would like it to look when finished. 

Our expert practitioners at our London or Manchester clinics leverage their experience, clinical expertise and advanced imaging equipment to create a unique smile simulation for each patient. This design is presented during your first appointment with us.

Smile model

Your digital smile design will be turned into a physical model of your new smile. You can check this model from different angles to make sure every detail is perfect and as per your expectations. Once you are satisfied with the design, we proceed to the next step of treatment.

Temporary veneers

During the procedure, Dr Oliver will use a local anaesthetic and carefully sculpt your teeth to match the designed look. He will fit ‘prototype’ temporary veneers that are an exact replica of your desired smile.

This is a mock-up of your smile in temporary form so you can test it out and get a better idea of how you’ll look with the final veneers before they are actually made. You’ll be able to get feedback from friends and family regarding the length, shape and size of each tooth in your mouth and can make necessary changes accordingly if desired.

Once you are satisfied with the look of the temporary teeth, your smile can be recreated using precision techniques to create your permanent porcelain veneers.

Fitting your permanent porcelain veneers

The final step is fitting your permanent dental veneers. The hand-crafted and tailor-made porcelain veneers will look incredibly real and will feel more natural compared to the prototypes. This is due to high-grade materials and the expertise of our master clinical technicians who will hand-sculpt your porcelain veneers.

Book a consultation

Dr Joe Oliver is pleased to offer free no-obligation consultations.  Book online, or alternatively, you can call us on 020 4579 1355 or email