What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length.
Conditions where veneers can be done
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of a tooth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth. When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original appearance.
Types of Venners
-Indirect/porcelain veneers: These are thin shells of porcelain fabricated in the lab, which are then bonded on to the front surface of the teeth to improve the looks. They have a long life and look ver natural.
-Direct/composite veneers: It’s a chair side procedure where in the tooth colored filling materials are bonded to front surfaces of the teeth to correct minor cosmetic defects. Only disadvantage is the longevity of veneers, which is not as long as porcelain veneers. However, direct veneers are cost effective and less time consuming.