What are "dental veneers"?
Dental veneers (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. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing
their color, shape, size or length and resulting in an improved
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
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