Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. To place one, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed. Afterwards, an adhesive layer is placed between the slightly prepped tooth and the veneer. It is then hardened with a curing light.
This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.
Veneers are also an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. They can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn should also consider veneers. Generally, they will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
Veneers are practical facsimiles of natural teeth, but not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in their color upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, they can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten your self-esteem.