(sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain
laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of
tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front
surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells
are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color,
shape, size or length.
Dental veneers can be made
from porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers
and better mimic the light reflecting properties of
natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require
removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You
will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material
for you with your dentist.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers are routinely
used to fix:
- Teeth that are
discolored – either because of root canal treatment;
stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive
fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin
fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn
- Teeth that are chipped
- Teeth that are
misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example,
have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps
between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?
Veneers offer the
- They provide a natural
- Gum tissue tolerates
- Porcelain veneers are
- The color of a
porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark
teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a
conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and
shape-veneers generally don't require the extensive
shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer
a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to bonding.