Dental veneers (also referred to as porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates) are wafer thin, custom made shells of tooth coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth.
These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size or length resulting in an improved appearance.
Dental veneers can achieve results similar to crowns but the preparation of the tooth to accommodate the veneer is much less than that of a crown preparation. This means it is a much less invasive solution if you want to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Dental veneers are not as strong as crowns and are not suitable for everyone.
Porcelain dental veneers are made in the laboratory and require a second ‘fitting’ appointment. A less expensive alternative are resin composite veneers. Composite veneers are applied by your Dentist in a single visit and consist of the same tooth coloured material used for fillings. However, porcelain veneers resist stains better than composite veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
Discuss the options with your Dentist and they will advise you on the method which will best suit your individual needs.