Veneers are thin facings made of porcelain or resin composite that cover the front surface of teeth.
They are bonded onto the tooth and can be used to correct:
- Misaligned and misshapen teeth.
- Discoloured teeth that do not respond to bleaching.
- Chipped Teeth
- Gaps between teeth.
Porcelain veneers are made by a dental technician in a laboratory and cemented onto the tooth surface whereas resin composite veneers are shaped and built up by the dentist and bonded directly onto the tooth surface. The advantages and disadvantages of either option will be discussed in detail with your dentist.
In many cases some of the tooth surface needs to be removed in order to provide space for the veneer. In the event of crowded or badly misaligned teeth in which excessive amounts of tooth structure needs to be removed in order to create the desired result, orthodontic treatment may be recommended instead.