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Porcelain Veneers Glasgow

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are our most popular cosmetic dental restoration. Veneers are most often used to hide discoloured or chipped teeth. Why do patients love them?

  • They are comfortable
  • They look good
  • They are cost effective
  • They last a long time
  • And they require little maintenance once they are fitted


The end result is highly cosmetic and lasts for many years if not a lifetime.

In this video Dr Murphy explains the process for getting veneers, answers the most popular questions and discusses aftercare of your new porcelain veneers.

What is the Procedure for Getting Veneers?

  1. Come to the surgery for your initial consultation. We will take X-rays as we like to see a full picture of the roots of your teeth before we decide to put any dental restorations on them. We also want to make sure they are healthy and free of infection.
  2. The next stage is the whitening or the scale and polish with the hygienist, possibly both.
  3. The third stage is the adjustments to your teeth. We get the ceramist to come out to identify the right shades, the right translucency and opacity of the porcelain which is needed to mask whatever problems you have in the underlying enamel or dentine.
  4. The final stage is to come back to the dental surgery to get the porcelain fitted.

Clean, Healthy Teeth First, Then Veneers

Most patients who ask for veneers come to us with discoloured teeth. They may have some staining, from nicotine or red wine, the sort of things that make your teeth go brown or yellow.

We like to get that all polished off then the next stage may involve some tooth whitening of say, for example, your bottom teeth. This is before we would proceed to doing any porcelain work. Porcelain is usually the last thing to happen. What happens first is to make sure we are dealing with a set of teeth and gums which are healthy and nice and clean. It is important to bond onto enamel which is going to be strong and you don't have a filling which is leaking or getting bacteria into it.

Does it Hurt to Get Veneers?

The usual feedback is that patients feel no pain after getting veneers and on the whole, post operative symptoms with veneers are very mild.

Occasionally patients will report some sensitivity but this can usually be controlled with a good sensitivity toothpaste.

As with all our treatments dental sedation is available for particularly nervous patients.

This video gives you a dentist's eye view of fitting a set of porcelain veneers. This was the late afternoon session of a same day veneers treatment

I recently had veneers fitted to my top 6 front teeth and was extremely apprehensive about getting it done. But once I had spoken to the dentist Robert and his team any fears I had, had been dealt with. From start to finish the service I received was first class and would have no hesitation in recommending this establishment to anyone looking to have work done. I also thought the pricing compared to other dental practices was very reasonable and the finished article second to none.

Thomas Brown, veneers patient

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers, including ceramic Emax veneers (the best choice for difficult shade selections which involve matching to other/adjacent  porcelain crowns) is £397.

Same day porcelain veneers are slightly more expensive. With a morning and evening visit and expedited work on your new veneers you can expect to pay £450.

As always check with the receptionist at the Glasgow practice for the most up to date dental prices.


Check out our cosmetic dentistry page for these and other treatment prices.

Porcelain Veneers Before and After

before veneers
Before veneers
after veneers
After veneers

We have many images like this displaying the results of porcelain veneers surgery in our cosmetic dentistry gallery.

These all feature patients who have been treated in our Glasgow practice.

Same Day Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be made and fitted on the same day in our Glasgow practice. This is a fantastic way of avoiding temporary veneers.

Find out how our Same Day Veneers Service Works

How We Use Porcelain Veneers in 2018

Porcelain veneers used to be mainly used on the upper front six teeth, the most obvious to the casual observer and that was all.

However this approach has been rejected by a stream of celebrities in recent years and rightly so.

As a result we see far more patients now who expect their new white smile to extend further and and to look more natural.

Nowadays our patients often request as many as eight to 10 veneers as part of their smile makeover and we can further extend the smile subtly by building out what we call the buccal corridors.

These are the areas between the canines and the molars which can almost disappear when the front teeth are white, prominent and often visually larger than premolars or molars (see Joey Essex). This is especially so in the case of a narrow maxilla (upper jaw).

This is how we can trick the human eye: building the buccal corridors deceives the beholder by creating a slightly greater visual width of the first and second premolars. This, quite naturally, widens your smile.

There are other tricks for a wide smile using subtlety, symmetry and straight edges and building towards rounded edges. Be sure to ask about all this at your initial consultation if it interests you

Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers

Is there anything you can’t eat after getting veneers? With any restoration we usually say don’t eat anything at all for one hour and stick to a soft diet for the rest of the day.

If the treatment is done on the right side we will ask you to chew on the left and vice versa.

The following day, certainly within 24 hours, you can carry on as normal.

There are certain caveats: avoid certain actions to look after the porcelain and not stress it unnecessarily. We may make a mouthguard for some patients to wear during the night so that the teeth won’t move if there is a risk of movement or if patients grind their teeth.

porcelain veneers patient

Porcelain Veneers Patient Case Studies

Solution for Different Coloured Teeth

Nicola had a problem with dark front teeth and old veneers.

See before and after images once her cosmetic dentistry work was agreed and carried out. 

Ragged Edges and a Brown Tooth

Stephanie wanted to cover up a dark-tinged tooth as well as smooth out the ragged edges of her teeth.

Read how we straightened the edges of her teeth and sorted the discolouration problem.

Chipped Teeth and Stained Fillings

Marion had something of a shopping list of cosmetic treatments she wanted to tackle a range of issues.

Here you can see how carefully matched porcelain work left her with a much improved smile.

Alternatives to Veneers

People sometimes ask us to do veneers when their teeth aren’t straight. This is not always the right thing to do. It is much easier to make your teeth look god when they are in the right position in your mouth and gums. It is also much more hygienic because you can floss between properly aligned and spaced teeth.

Although you might think porcelain is the answer, if your teeth are crooked we might advise against porcelain veneers in the first instance. You may find short term braces are a better answer initially.