Veneers are thin custom-made porcelain shells designed to fit discreetly over the front surface of a tooth, like how a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural-colour composite filling material is used instead of porcelain.
Veneers are done for the following reasons:
- Gaps between teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discoloured tooth e.g. from trauma, root canal treated teeth, fluorosis, stains from medication or large amalgam fillings
Generally, there are 2 types of veneers available:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Composite Veneers
Porcelain veneers have a translucency that is similar to natural teeth and they retain their beautiful, natural, and youthful look through the years. They are stain-resistant and do not discolour, which is particularly important for those who smoke or drink black coffee or red wine. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory and are more lasting compared to composite veneers. Two visits are required to complete porcelain veneers.
Composites veneers are tooth-coloured filling materials that can be used to restore chipped, cracked or stained teeth, as well as fill gaps between teeth. The dentist moulds the composite veneer directly onto the tooth, so the final result is achieved in a single visit. Composite veneers are easily re-shaped, repaired, polished and maintained. They are less costly than porcelain veneers as no dental laboratory fees are incurred.
A veneer is a conservative dental restoration that allows you to achieve a beautiful and confident smile very quickly.