Porcelain veneers are thin custom-designed layer of restorative material that is applied over the surface of a tooth or teeth to improve the aesthetics; for example to fix uneven tooth alignment or close teeth spacing. It can also be used to restore and protect a damaged tooth by covering worn enamel, and chipped or cracked tooth.
When properly treated, a porcelain veneer is very durable and last for many years. When several teeth are done at once, the effect can be like a brand new smile. Just like porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers are usually fabricated by dental technician using a dentist dental impression, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement.
Because of its multiple indications, a porcelain veneer is an important tool for the cosmetic dentist. It can be used to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth with cosmetic issues to create a whole new smile. A porcelain veneer is a great alternative to porcelain crown when indicated, as it allows for less tooth reduction and the protection of remaining healthy tooth structure.
About half of the porcelain veneers placed need retreatment, or no longer in satisfactory condition after 10 year of use. Talk to your dentist to determine if porcelain veneer is the right treatment for you.