A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain.
A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement.
In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. It can use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth to create a “Hollywood” type of makeover. With Veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are deeply stained, badly shaped teeth or teeth with old bonding already on them. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, usually within three appointments.
PORCELAIN VENEERS - IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS
You should also know that this is usually an irreversible process, because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may also recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. It is good to know that veneers are more vulnerable solutions than crowns and they are not recommended in case of traumatic bite like bulldog bite, edge bite, or deep bite, or in case of clinching or grinding the teeth.
For patients with mildly discolored tooth we first recommend teeth whitening because it is the least invasive cosmetic dentistry option. Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, and from the point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure, orthodontics would probably a better solution. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile.
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 down
Teeth that are chipped or broken
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)