Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks. It is a completely painless dental treatment.
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today's veneers provides a more natural look than what's been available in the past.
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most cosmetic dental issues, including: worn, discoloured enamel, chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance, abnormal spacing between the teeth, uneven teeth.
The advantage of porcelain veneers compared to crowns is that there is no need to polish a healthy tooth, just a very thin layer of it.
When are veneers appropriate?
Bonding often serves as an inexpensive and effective restoration for small chips and cracks in the teeth. Such minor problems may be functionally and cosmetically repaired with a composite "white filling." A composite resin material is bonded to the tooth in order to fill in the chip or crack and better protect the surrounding tooth structure. But for more severe cases of dullness, wear, discoloration, mild chipping, cracking, spacing, or uneven teeth, dental veneers may be recommended as a more appropriate solution.
Before inserting the veneer a very accurate planning and preparation of the tooth must be done.
With the help of a porcelain veneer the differences in colour and size disappear, the gaps between teeh are closed. Before putting a porcelain veneer teeth whitening is indicated so that the tooth and the veneer have the same colour.