How Long Does it Take to Get Porcelain Veneers?

Exploring the Journey and Timelines

Intan Nobury


Jul 3, 24

7 min read

Carlin Sterrit getting veneers selection

Porcelain veneers have become synonymous with achieving that coveted Hollywood smile, or the girl next door grin. The ability to transform teeth and enhance one's appearance has made veneers a popular choice for those seeking a radiant smile. However, the road to obtaining porcelain veneers is not instantaneous. In fact, the process involves several steps and can vary in duration depending on various factors. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricacies of getting porcelain veneers, exploring the timeline, and understanding why it might take longer, particularly in Australia compared to overseas.

Understanding Porcelain Veneers

Before delving into the timeline, it's crucial to understand what porcelain veneers are and how they work. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are custom-designed to cover the front surface of teeth (or the entire tooth if it is a porcelain crown). They are bonded to the teeth to improve their appearance, addressing issues such as discoloration, misalignment, chips, or gaps. Porcelain veneers are known for their durability, natural or dramatic appearance, and ability to resist stains, making them a popular choice for cosmetic dental procedures to suit our lifestyles. 

The Process

Getting porcelain veneers typically involves several steps, each carefully executed to ensure optimal results. While the specifics may vary depending on individual cases and dental practices, the general process remains consistent.

Consultation and Examination

The journey begins with a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist. During this initial appointment, the dentist will evaluate the patient's oral health, discuss their aesthetic goals, and determine if porcelain veneers are the appropriate solution. X-rays, photos and scans of the teeth are often taken to assess the underlying structure and plan the treatment accordingly.

Treatment Planning

Once patients decide to proceed with porcelain veneers, the dentist will collaborate with the patient and treatment coordinator to develop a personalized treatment plan. This includes selecting the desired shape, size, and color of the veneers to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. Digital imaging or mock-ups may be used to provide a preview of the final results, allowing the patient to visualize their new smile.


Before the veneers can be applied, sometimes a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from the surface of the teeth to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. This step is crucial for ensuring a proper fit and natural appearance of the veneers. While this process is minimally invasive, it is irreversible, and local anesthesia may be administered to ensure the patient's ultimate comfort.

Scans, records and Fabrication

Once the teeth are prepared, scans of the teeth are taken to create custom-made veneers. These impressions are often sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians craft the veneers to precise specifications. The fabrication process can take anywhere from one to two weeks, during which temporary veneers may be placed to protect the prepared teeth.


Once the veneers are ready, the patient returns to the dentist for the final cementation appointment. The dentist carefully places the veneers on the teeth, ensuring proper fit, alignment, and color match. The veneers are bonded to the teeth using a special adhesive and cured with a light to secure them in place. Any final adjustments are made to ensure the bite is comfortable and the smile fits your facial features and desired aesthetic outcome.

Why Does it Take So Long?

The process of getting porcelain veneers is meticulously planned and executed to achieve optimal results. Each step in the process plays a crucial role in ensuring the durability, functionality, and aesthetics of the veneers. While the duration of the process may seem lengthy, it is essential for delivering a smile that is both beautiful and long-lasting. At the end of the day, the more work that is put into fabricating your veneers means it truly is an individualized experience and you’re not just another number. 

Factors Influencing Timeline

Several factors can influence the timeline for getting porcelain veneers, including:

  1. Customization: Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit each patient's unique dental anatomy and aesthetic preferences. The fabrication process requires time and precision to ensure the veneers are crafted to the highest quality and standards.
  2. Laboratory Time: The fabrication of porcelain veneers is often outsourced to specialized dental laboratories unless done in house. The time required for fabrication may vary depending on the workload of the laboratory and the complexity of the case as well as the overhead costs and materials.
  3. Temporary Restorations: In some cases, temporary veneers are placed while the permanent veneers are being fabricated. This additional step adds to the overall timeline but ensures the patient's comfort and protects the prepared teeth.
  4. Quality Assurance: Quality control is paramount in the fabrication of porcelain veneers. Each veneer undergoes rigorous testing and inspection to ensure it meets the highest standards of durability, aesthetics, and biocompatibility. They are often extremely delicate to handle and it takes a lot of experience and patience to maneuver these fragile items. 

Why Does it Take Longer to have veneers in Australia compared to overseas?

While the process of getting porcelain veneers follows a similar framework globally, the timeline may vary depending on geographic location and local regulations. In Australia, several factors may contribute to the extended timeline for obtaining porcelain veneers compared to overseas destinations.

Regulatory Requirements

Australia has stringent regulatory requirements governing the practice of dentistry and the manufacturing of dental materials. Dental laboratories must adhere to strict quality standards and certification processes, which may lengthen the overall timeline.

Customization and Quality 

Australian dentists prioritize quality and customization in dental procedures, including the fabrication of porcelain veneers. The emphasis on delivering personalized care and superior outcomes may result in a longer timeline but ensures patient satisfaction and long-term success.


Australian dentists are highly trained and skilled professionals who undergo extensive education and training in cosmetic dentistry. Education and learning outcomes are often updated to keep up with the modern world as well as the expectations and needs of the patients. The emphasis on continuing education and professional development ensures that patients receive the highest level of care and expertise, albeit with a potentially longer timeline. Unlike old technology porcelain veneers and crowns, teeth no longer need to be heavily grinded which allows the patient to often keep the integral health of their natural enamel and make it possible for the treatment to be reversible in some cases. 

A Sound Mind

We often try to avoid shortening service completion durations and encourage patients to take their time and not rush into treatment. A longer turnaround time from start to finish allows and motivates patients to have adequate time to be involved in the process and make decisions alongside the clinical team. We stress the importance of not rushing into anything and making proper selections with a sound mind, not based on haste. We also recommend that proper research is taken as well as seeking a second opinion and quote for something as significant as a smile makeover. 


The process of getting porcelain veneers is a multi-step journey that requires careful planning, precision, and expertise. While the timeline may vary depending on individual circumstances and geographic location, the end result is a smile that is both beautiful and functional. In Australia, the emphasis on quality, customization, and patient satisfaction may contribute to a longer timeline compared to overseas destinations. However, the investment of time and effort is well worth it for those seeking a long lasting radiant smile.

Written By

Intan Nobury

An appreciator of art, novels and high intensity sports. With a passion for work and a dangerous addiction to tea.

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