Your Guide to Dental Veneers in South Africa

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Dental veneers have emerged as a compelling solution for individuals seeking to enhance their smiles. Not only do they address aesthetic concerns, but they also provide a protective shield to the tooth’s surface. Gain detailed insight into dental veneers, their types, benefits, and procedure while looking at the best dental veneer solution – composite veneers.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin material that bonds to the front surface of the tooth. They are increasingly popular among a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including gaps between teeth, stained teeth, and crooked teeth.

Why Composite Veneers are the Best Choice

Composite veneers, one of the types offered at OptiSmile, stand out as the best overall veneer choice. We recommend composite veneers due to their minimally invasive nature, especially appealing to younger patients or those reluctant to remove healthy tooth structures, a necessity for porcelain veneers.

Although composite material can discolour or chip over time, the superior polishable material used by OptiSmile resists discolouration longer. For patients who grind their teeth and require a nightguard, any damage can be easily repaired or later replaced with new veneers or crowns. However, after experiencing the conservative composite veneer, you’d unlikely prefer a crown.

Types of Dental Veneers

Veneers come in various types, with the primary categories including composite, porcelain, Lumineers, and pop-on veneers. Your dentist can guide you in making an informed decision based on your dental health and aesthetic desires.

Other Types of Veneers Explained

  • Porcelain veneers are praised for their durability. They require more tooth preparation, provide a long-term solution, and remove the natural tooth structure.
  • Lumineers are a type of porcelain veneer but are much thinner. They are less durable than traditional porcelain veneers. The procedure is reversible but may not be suitable for correcting more significant dental issues. Please note that Lumineers are not available in South Africa.
  • Pop-on veneers are removable veneers that provide a temporary solution to enhance aesthetics. However, they do not look natural and are easily noticeable.

Longevity of Dental Veneers

The lifespan of veneers varies based on the material used and the care they receive. While porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years, composite veneers generally have a lifespan between 5 to 7 years. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can significantly extend the longevity of your veneers, making them a worthwhile investment for a captivating smile.

Is Veneer Whitening Possible?

Unlike natural teeth, veneers cannot be whitened as they resist staining and whitening procedures. However, they maintain their brightness over the years. If considering teeth whitening, it’s advisable to do so before the veneer application, ensuring a matching shade of white for a flawless smile.

Composite veneers from OptiSmile stand out for maintaining the natural tooth structure and lesser tooth alteration, ideal for most dental issues. They blend aesthetics and functionality.


Veneers come in types like composite and porcelain, catering to distinct dental needs. Longevity varies; porcelain lasts up to 20 years, while composite spans 5 to 7 years. Pre-veneer teeth whitening is advisable for a uniform smile. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene significantly extend veneer lifespan.

Dental Veneer Alternatives

Veneers vs Implants

While veneers and dental implants enhance your smile, they serve different purposes. Veneers are a cosmetic solution that improves dental imperfections, whereas implants replace missing teeth, providing a functional restoration. The choice between veneers and implants depends on your dental condition and your dentist’s recommendation.

Veneers vs Crowns

Veneers and crowns are used to restore your teeth’ aesthetics and function. However, while veneers cover only the front surface of a tooth, crowns encase the entire tooth. Crowns are a suitable solution for extensively damaged or decayed teeth, whereas veneers are ideal for more cosmetic dentistry alterations.

Who shouldn’t get Dental Veneers?

Veneers may not suit everyone, especially those with insufficient tooth structure, as a strong bond between the tooth and veneer is crucial for long-term success. They might not be recommended for teeth angled too far outward, significant gaps (large diastemas), poor oral hygiene, severely misaligned teeth, or parafunctional habits like clenching and grinding.


Each of these situations could compromise the effectiveness and lifespan of veneers, requiring individuals to consider alternative dental solutions.

Dental Veneer Procedure

OptiSmile’s digital smile design technology is used for precise mould creation, and a flowable ceramic composite material ensures a precise fit and a harmonious alignment of teeth. Conversely, the standard method requires removing a substantial amount of enamel, which may compromise tooth integrity. While temporary veneers are used during the waiting period, OptiSmile’s efficient process negates this need, providing a more comfortable and expedited solution. The meticulous digital planning in OptiSmile’s approach minimises the room for error, ensuring a well-fitted, durable, and aesthetically appealing result.

Veneers improve dental imperfections, while implants replace missing teeth. Veneers cover a tooth’s front, whereas crowns encase the entire tooth. Veneers aren’t suitable for all, especially with certain dental conditions. OptiSmile’s digital design offers precise veneer fitting, bypassing traditional challenges.

Dental Veneer cost and time required

Composite veneers offer a convenient solution with the potential to be completed in a single appointment. However, the duration may vary depending on the number of teeth involved, typically taking around 3 hours for 6 to 8 teeth.


However, it’s important to allow approximately one week for the comprehensive planning and design phase, which includes printing models and manufacturing precise injection moulds. This meticulous process incurs a lab fee of R3500.


When considering the cost, composite veneers are priced at R4400 per tooth, with potential discounts available for multiple teeth, making them an attractive choice for achieving a radiant smile.


Please note, you should always consult your dentist for an accurate quote.

Veneer Aftercare

Once your veneers are installed, maintaining them is straightforward. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will ensure they stay in good condition.

Final Thoughts On Dental Veneers

Dental veneers present an effective solution for those aiming to enhance their smiles while protecting their teeth. They are available in various types, with composite veneers particularly standing out for their minimally invasive nature. OptiSmile’s innovative approach, using digital smile design technology and high-quality flowable ceramic composite material, ensures precise fits and tooth alignment while minimising enamel removal, providing durable and aesthetically pleasing results.


If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of dental veneers in Cape Town, book an appointment with OptiSmile and embark on your journey to a transformed smile.

Disclaimer: The information and advice in this blog post are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We are not responsible for any outcomes or decisions based on the information provided here.

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Dr. Clifford Yudelman

Founder & Principal Dentist

As a globally recognised restorative and cosmetic dentistry expert, Clifford brings over 40 years of experience across four continents. A 1983 Bachelor of Dental Science graduate from the University of Witwatersrand, his career has spanned private practices in London, San Diego, Perth, and Cape Town. Currently the founder and principal dentist at OptiSmile, he is celebrated for transforming dental visits into positive experiences and fostering patient confidence through superior dental health, with a commitment to the latest dental technology for improved patient outcomes.

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